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American Corrections, Third Edition
Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice

Author(s): Matt DeLisi, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
Peter J. Conis, PhD, Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice, Des Moines Area Community College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284153071
  • Paperback    478 pages      © 2019
Price: $159.95 US List
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American Corrections continues to offer an engaging, scholarly, and student-friendly exploration into the US correctional system in an updated third edition. Beginning with sentencing and offender classification and proceeding to parole and reentry, the text walks students through the entire correctional system and its processes. This progression from foundations to specializations lays the groundwork for a solid understanding of US corrections and prepares students for a variety of careers within the US criminal justice system. The Third Edition features new information on hot topics such as restorative justice restitution programs, the Federal Post Conviction Risk Assessment (PCRA), and an in-depth look at the effectiveness of various correctional programs. With its clear writing style and apolitical approach, American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice, Third Edition is the obvious choice for learning about the American correctional system.

Features & Benefits

  • NEW visually stunning and modern interior design with new photos and updated art engages the student and enhances their learning experience
  • All chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest information and statistics
  • Over 20 NEW boxed features highlight important modern cases and thought-provoking topics
  • NEW content on restorative justice restitution programs, the Federal Post Conviction Risk Assessment (PCRA), the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, and more
  • NEW and EXPANDED coverage of technical violations, social support theory, offender reentry, and more current thought-provoking topics
  • Popular features - Corrections Focus, Corrections Research, Corrections Brief, Corrections History, and Corrections in the News - have been retained and modernized to suit a new generation of learners
  • Presents classic and cutting-edge contemporary research drawing from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, government, and public policy
  • High-quality instructors resources include lecture slides in PowerPoint format, a comprehensive Test Bank, and an Instructor’s Manual containing Lecture Notes and Chapter Outlines

Applicable Courses

American Corrections serves as an ideal introduction to the US corrections system and is appropriate for any corrections course in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, forensics, and police science programs.

Part  I  The Foundation of Corrections
Chapter  1  Corrections and Its Place in the Criminal Justice System
Chapter  2  The Philosophy and History of Corrections
Chapter  3  The Law and Corrections
Part  II  Corrections: The Management of Offender Risk
Chapter  4  Sentencing and Offender Classification
Chapter  5  The Pretrial Period and Jails
Chapter  6  Diversion, Pretrial Treatment, and Prevention
Chapter  7  Intermediate Sanctions
Chapter  8  Probation
Part  III  Prison and Offender Reentry
Chapter  9  Prisoners and Inmate Behavior
Chapter  10  Prison Organization, Management, and Programs
Chapter  11  Parole
Chapter  12  Reentry
Part  IV  Special Topics in Corrections
Chapter  13  Juvenile Corrections
Chapter  14  Women and Corrections
Chapter  15  Capital Punishment and Civil Commitment

Matt DeLisi, PhD-Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi, Ph.D. is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies and Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi is one of the most prolific and highly-cited criminologists in the world and is the author of nearly 400 scholarly publications mostly in the areas of pathological criminality, psychopathy, self-control, offender/inmate behavior, corrections, and the genetics of antisocial behavior. In 2012, Dr. DeLisi received the prestigious Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has provided expert services and consulted on capital murder and multiple-homicide offender cases in multiple federal and state jurisdictions. Professor DeLisi has provided testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and consulted on criminal justice policy to a variety of federal stakeholders including the United States Attorney General, United States Probation and Pretrial Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others.

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

Peter J. Conis, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Des Moines Area Community College. Academia is his second career. Previously, Dr. Conis was the Program Director for the S.T.O.P.  Violence Against Women project at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). In this capacity, he served as a member of the Lt. Governor's S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Coordinating Council, the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Grant Review committee, the Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team, the Dependent Adult Abuse Conference Steering committee, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault Grant Review committee, the Healthy Iowans 2010 Team, and as the committee director for the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Annual Conference. Before joining the ILEA staff, Dr. Conis served 22 years as a law enforcement officer working both rural and urban jurisdictions in Iowa and one year as an investigator for the Story County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284153071

Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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