Correctional Administration Integrating Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/24/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Correctional Administration.


A practical introduction to the theory, practice, and challenges of correctional administration.

Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice provides students a practical understanding of correctional operations. Touching briefly on the history and background of corrections, its focus lies in teaching students the purpose and practice of working in a corrections facility, along with the challenges that face its staff and administrators. Case studies, career information, and real situational examples give students a practical understanding they can take with them to a future career.


The Third Edition provides students with updated information on the various elements and challenges of the job. Recent data regarding correctional populations and costs and research findings that impact correctional policy give students valid insight into how the correctional system functions.

Author Biography

Richard P. Seiter is a career correctional professional, having worked in prisons and for correctional agencies for more than thirty years. Following receipt of his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Ohio State University (OSU), he began a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP and worked in four federal prisons (was warden of two). He was also Director of the BOP Staff Training Center in Denver, Colorado, and was the first Chief of the NIC National Academy of Corrections. He also served as both Assistant Director for Industries, Education, and Training and Chief Operating Officer of Federal Prison Industries, with sales of over $400 million per year of prison-made products.


Dr. Seiter was Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for almost six years. In this position, he was responsible for all Ohio prisons, the parole board and parole supervision, and many community correctional programs. He managed an annual budget of $400 million and a staff of 8,000, and he oversaw the construction of more than 10,000 prison beds at a cost of $500 million. After retiring from the BOP, he became Professor and Director of Criminal Justice at Saint Louis University (SLU). During this time, he wrote two textbooks, published several articles, and expanded the program and course offerings at SLU. From 2005 until 2011, he was Executive Vice President of Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the United States. In this position, Dr. Seiter oversaw the operation of the sixth largest prison system in the country, with 63 prisons, 17,000 staff members, and 75,000 inmates.

Table of Contents


1.  Correctional Administration: Past to Present

2.  Theories of Leadership and Management

3.  Leadership and Management of Corrections

4.  Setting the Tone: Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning



5.  The Role of Staff in Corrections

6.  Human Resource Management for Corrections

7.  Staff Organization and Functions

8.  Supervising and Empowering Employees



9.  Fiscal Management and the Challenge of Cost Containment

10.  Managing Risk through Offender Classification

11.  Managing the External Environment



12.  Managing Security in Prisons

13.  Managing Programs in Prisons

14.  Managing Basic Services in Prisons



15.  Critical Issues for Correctional Administration

16. The Future of Correctional Administration

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