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The need for corrections officers is projected to increase by 16% by 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This is great news for students completing their criminal justice or criminology degrees as there will be ample employment opportunity. Drs. DeLisi and Conis provide their unparalleled research expertise/productivity and nearly 40 years of combined criminal justice practitioner experience to make American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice, Second Edition the ideal introductory text for the corrections course. They use a straightforward writing style that is scholarly, engaging, and fun. Updated throughout, it contains both classic and cutting-edge contemporary data on correctional topics drawing from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, government, and public policy.The text is broken down into four parts, starting with an overview of corrections, including the history and also the philosophy of corrections. It progresses to discuss the management of offender risk and covers the sentencing, diversion, and pretrial treatment of offenders. Part III delves into the prison system and includes chapters on inmate behavior, prison organization, parole, and reentry of the offender in to society. This comprehensive introduction wraps up with special topics in corrections, including juveniles, women, and capital punishment and civil committment.Key Features of the Revised Second Edition:-Now available in paperback!-Revised to be more sociologically-focused, this Second Edition includes boxes throughout highlighting the effects on community.-Provides an increased focus on gender, race, and immigration issues.-Contains more content discussing the philosophy of corrections, encouraging your students to see the big-picture and think critically of the subject.-Every new copy includes an access code to the accompanying student companion website featuring a variety of interactive study aids.Exciting new content added to the Second Edition: -New section on the correctional system and American society-New section on the fiscal costs of the correctional system and ways that correctional policies can save costs while reducing crime-New section on historical developments in corrections-New section on juveniles and the life imprisonment without parole sanction-Expanded correctional case law-New section on teen courts-New section on federal pretrial services-New section on crisis intervention teams -New section on cognitive behavioral therapy -New section on mental health probation-New section on effective correctional policies-New section on back-end sentencing and parole-New section on law enforcement reentry initiatives and reentry courts-New section on Graham v. Florida (2010)-New section on juvenile drug courts-Expanded discussion on women and reentry-New discussion on clemency and elected executions -Updated box features including 13 new box features-Thoroughly updated correctional data-Thoroughly updated literature with more than 300 new references