Essentials of Corrections

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-28
  • Publisher: Wiley

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The fifth edition of this leading “essentials” textbook on corrections has been fully revised and updated to include new international comparative data, and a fresh chapter on prison inmates with special needs. Unrivalled in scope, it offers undergraduates a concise but comprehensive introduction to the subject.

  • Includes textual materials and assignments formulated to encourage students’ critical thinking skills
  • Chapters feature text boxes on key points of correctional theory and on international correctional practice
  • Presented in full color throughout — including extensive photos and graphics
  • Includes stand-alone chapters on careers in corrections, gender and ethnicity issues, and likely future developments in corrections
  • Features invaluable historical context on the evolution of correctional theory and practice
  • Offers a new, comprehensive online Student Study Guide and thoroughly updated and expanded ancillary materials

Author Biography

G. Larry Mays is Regents Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University, USA. He has published more than 100 journal articles, practitioner texts, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. The author of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (Wiley 1987), his recent publications include American Courts and the Judicial Process (2012), and Do the Crime, Do the Time (2012). Professor Mays has received numerous accolades, including the Carnegie Foundation’s Professor of the Year award for the state of New Mexico, and is a life member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and a member of the American Society of Criminology.

Tom Winfree is Visiting Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, USA, and formerly Professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University, USA. A sociologist with four decades of experience researching and writing about correctional institutions, probation and parole, juvenile justice, and criminological theory, Professor Winfree is author or co-author of more than 120 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as four textbooks in many editions. His publications include Crime and Justice: An Introduction (1992), Understanding Crime: Essentials of Criminological Theory (third edition, 2010), and Juvenile Justice (fourth edition, 2012). He is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

1 Introduction to Corrections 1

2 A Brief History of Punishments and Corrections 26

3 Sentencing and Criminal Sanctions 51

4 Probation and Community Corrections 75

5 Jails and Detention Facilities 108

6 Institutional Corrections 135

7 Jail and Prison Inmates 165

8 Special Needs Inmates 193

9 Parole and Prisoner Reentry 226

10 Careers in Corrections 255

11 The Administration of Corrections Programs 282

12 Corrections Law and Inmate Litigation 306

13 Gender Issues in Corrections 329

14 Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections 362

15 The Future of Corrections 389

Glossary 416

Index 432

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