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American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice

Author(s): Matt DeLisi, PhD, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Peter J. Conis, PhD, Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice, Des Moines Area Community College
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763754877
  • Hardcover    586 pages      © 2010
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Just as corrections is the largest and fastest growing component of the American criminal justice system, corrections courses are among the largest enrollment, most popular, and most important parts of undergraduate criminology and criminal justice curricula. American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice is a comprehensive resource containing both classic and cutting-edge contemporary data on correctional topics drawing from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, government, and public policy. It broadly covers the relevant parameters of corrections to provide students with a thorough understanding of the material to facilitate their education and interest in applied or academic careers in corrections. The hallmark of American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice is its thesis -- that the American criminal justice system, particularly the corrections domain, is in theory and practice a system for the management of risk. By demonstrating that correctional systems balance public safety with providing treatment and supervision to offenders, this text tells the story of corrections within a coherent, criminological framework.

Features:

  • Comprehensive Instructor Resources including detailed Chapter Outlines, extensive PowerPoint slides, and a Test Bank to save time on course preparation.
  • Meaningful content-related Case Studies in every chapter are based on real correctional clients to help students consider real issues and events in corrections.
  • Authored by former corrections and law enforcement practioners, to provide credible information from experienced professionals.

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Features & Benefits

  • The comprehensive 15 chapter structure provides relevant material and concentrated information without unnecessary tables or irrelevant facts, to allow professors to cover the entire book in a semester-long course.
  • Meaningful content-related Case Studies in every chapter are based on real correctional clients to help students consider real issues and events in corrections.
  • Corrections in the News covers current events in corrections with analysis by the authors.
  • Critical Thinking Questions and Chapter Summaries at the end of each chapter help students analyze and consider what they have just read and keep the concepts fresh in students’ minds.
  • Corrections Online provides web links for students to read more about topics that have been covered in the chapter and gain a deeper understanding of key issues.
  • Comprehensive Instructor Resourcess include detailed Chapter Outlines, extensive PowerPoint slides, and a Test Bank to save time on course preparation.
  • Authored by former corrections and law enforcement practioners, to provide credible information from experienced professionals.

Applicable Courses

  • Introduction to Corrections
  • American Corrections

 

*Every chapter ends with: Case Study Conclusion, Chapter Summary, Key Terms, Corrections Online, Critical Thinking, Questions, and Notes.

Chapter 1: Corrections and its Place in the Criminal Justice System
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Overview of the Correctional System
The Continuum of Sanctions
   Criminality and Risk
   Community Corrections
 
Types of Community Corrections
   Fines and Restitution
   Forfeiture
   Day Reporting
   Community Service
   Deferred Prosecution, Judgment, and Sentence
   Home Detention, House Arrest, and Electronic Monitoring
   Probation
   Parole
Institutional Corrections
   Jail
   Prison
   Halfway House/Residential Treatment
   Boot Camps/Shock Incarceration
Corrections by the Numbers
The Federal Criminal Justice System

Chapter 2: The Philosophy and History of Corrections
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
The Philosophy of Corrections
Historical Approaches to Corrections
   Code of Hammurabi
   Judeo-Christian Traditions
   Greek and Roman Traditions
   Magna Carta
On Crimes and Punishments
Corrections in Colonial America
The Invention of the Penitentiary
The Invention of the Reformatory
Probation and Parole
Recent Developments
   Industrial Prison Era
   The Hands-Off Doctrine, Deprivation, and Importation
   The New Penology and Beyond
 

Chapter 3: The Law and Corrections
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Access to Courts
   Habeas Corpus
   Civil Rights and Mandamus
   Case Law
First Amendment
   Religion
   Free Speech and Mail
   Free Association and Visitation
 
Fourth Amendment
Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
Eighth Amendment
   Capital Punishment
   Conditions of Confinement
   Habitual Offender Statutes

Chapter 4: Sentencing and Offender Classification 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Sentencing
   Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report
   United States Sentencing Commission
   Sentencing Trends
Specialized/Problem-Solving Courts
   Drug Courts
   DWI Courts
   Family Courts
   Mental Health Courts
   Community Courts
 
Offender Classification and Assessment
   National Trends
   The Risk Principle
   Classification and Assessment Instruments

Chapter 5: The Pretrial Period and Jails
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Bail/Bond
   Types of Bond
   History and Reform
   Bail Recovery/Enforcement
 
Contemporary Pretrial Services
   Administrative Issues
   Bond Interviews and Assessments
   Special Populations and Monitoring
   Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants
   Federal Pretrial Release and Detention
 
Determinants of Pretrial Release/Detention
   Protective and Risk Factors
   Discretionary Outcomes
The Effects of Pretrial Detention
   Administrative Issues
   Procedural Justice Issues
   Substantive Justice Issues
Jails
   Jail Population
   Jail Trends
   Time Served and Capacity
   Social and Criminal Histories of Jail Inmates
   Medical Problems, Suicide, and Homicide in Jails
   History and Reform
 

Chapter 6: Diversion, Pretrial Treatment, and Prevention 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Diversion
   History
   Types
   How common is Diversion?
   Major Diversion Initiatives
   Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC)
   Federal Pretrial Diversion
   Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
   Proposition 36 (Prop 36)
   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
 
Evaluations of Diversion Programs
   Juvenile Diversion Programs
   Diversion of Mentally Ill Persons
   Prop 36
   General Criminal Justice Programs
 
Prevention

Chapter 7: Intermediate Sanctions 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Intermediate Sanctions
   Function
   Public Image
 
Fines, Day Fines, and Restitution
Forfeiture
Day Reporting
Community Service
House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring
Halfway Houses/Residential Treatment
Boot Camps/Shock Incarceration
Criminal Offenders’ View of Intermediate Sanctions

Chapter 8: Probation
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Probation
   Typologies
   Statistics and Trends
   History
   Administration and Caseloads
 
The Criminality of Probationers
   Crime and Recidivism
   Probation Violation and Revocation
Evaluations of Probation
   What Works with Juvenile Probationers?
   What Works with Adult Probationers?

Chapter 9: Prisoners and Inmate Behavior
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Prisoners and Public Policy
Prisoner Population and Trends
   Gender, Race, and Ethnic Differences
   Social and Health Characteristics
 
Models of Inmate Behavior
   Deprivation Model
   Importation Model
   Integrated/Multilevel Model
   Administrative Control Model
Inmate Violence and Misconduct
Prison Gangs
   Aryan Brotherhood
   Mexican Mafia
   La Nuestra Familia
   Black Guerilla Family
 
Responding to Prison Gangs

Chapter 10: Prison Organization, Management, and Programs
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Prison Organization and Classification
   Security-Level
   Facilities and Expenditures
   Medical Services
   Legal Rights of Prisoners
   Deliberate Indifference and Health Care
   Deliberate Indifference and Quality of Life
   Deliberate Indifference and Protections against Violent Inmates
   Classification and Transfer
   Solitary Confinement and Supermax Classification
Prison Organization, Management, and Institutional Safety
   Custody/Security Level
   Sentence/Security Level
   Solitary Confinement/Supermax Classification
   Crowding
Prison Programming and Treatment
   Educational and Vocational Programs
   Religious Programs
   Substance Abuse Treatment
   Sex Offender Treatment
   What Works in Correctional Treatment
 

Chapter 11: Parole 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Parole
   Statistical Profile and Data Trends
   Federal Parole
   Criminal History of Parolees
   Recidivism
Legal Aspects of Parole
Determinants of Parole
   Parole Prediction
   Parole Violation and Revocation
 
Parole Programs and Policies

Chapter 12: Reentry
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Reentry
   Population Profile
   Policy Background
   Serious Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI)
   Criminological Background
   Reintegration of Sex Offenders
 
Reentry and Societal Issues
   Crime and Violence
   Community
   Public Health
   Employment
   Family
   Civic Participation
What Works in Reentry Programs
   Comprehensive Programs
   Employment Programs
   Educational Programs

Chapter 13: Juvenile Corrections
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Juvenile Corrections History
      Colonial Era
      The Child Savers
      Juvenile Court
      The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice
      Contemporary Juvenile Corrections
The Juvenile Justice System
      Structure and Processes
      Statistics and Trends
      Federal Juvenile Justice
Intermediate Sanctions
Probation
Detention and Commitment
Aftercare
Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders

Chapter 14: Women and Corrections 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Women in the Correctional System
   Probation and Parole
   Jail and Juvenile Corrections
   State and Federal Prison
   Capital Punishment
   History
   Legal Issues
 
Gendered Pathways
   Female Criminal Careers
   Victimization and Marginality
 
Noncompliance and Recidivism
   Probation
   Prison Adjustment and Misconduct
   Parole and Reentry
 
Correctional Programming for Women

Chapter 15: Capital Punishment and Civil Commitment 
Quotations
Chapter Objectives
Case Study
Capital Punishment
      Death Penalty Statutes and Legal Processes
      Methods of Execution
      Historical Development
      Profile of Condemned Offenders
 
Deterrence
      Evidence Against
      Supportive Evidence
      Substantive Problems
 
Retribution
      Philosophical and Religious Bases
      Racial Elements
Civil Commitment


Matt DeLisi, PhD-Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi (Ph.D.) is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi's primary research interests include criminal careers/career criminals, self-control theory, corrections, psychopathy, and the molecular/behavioral genetics of antisocial behavior. Professor DeLisi is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Association for Psychological Science. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice, Dr. DeLisi has published nearly 200 scholarly works.

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Peter J. Conis, PhD-Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice, Des Moines Area Community College

Peter Conis (Ph.D.) is a retired law enforcement officer with twenty-seven years experience. During his law enforcement career he served as a patrol officer and supervisor, a criminal investigator for the county prosecutor’s office, and as the program director for the S.T.O.P Violence Against Women project at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. During his time at the law enforcement academy, Dr. Conis instructed officers, victim advocates, and medical personnel on investigative procedures and legal aspects of crimes involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. He is currently a professor for Des Moines Area Community College in both sociology and criminal justice.

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ISBN-13: 9780763754877

Chapter Outlines
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank