Corrections (The Justice Series)

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This new introductory text gives students and instructors what they need–a comprehensive look at corrections in a readable, engaging format. CORRECTIONS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION is specifically designed to appeal to different learning styles and hold students’ interest. The text examines how evidence-based practices are used in corrections and how theory is linked to treatment and punishment of offenders, and encourages critical thinking about community corrections, prison life, treatment of offenders, reentry, legal issues, the death penalty, and juveniles in corrections. Corrections is ideal for instructors who want comprehensive yet concise coverage of the basic required topics in a corrections course.

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"Corrections: A Contemporary Introduction" by Leanne F. Alarid and Philip L. Reichel examines the contemporary world of corrections by linking theory and practice, highlighting the importance of policy, and integrating diversity. This exciting new text examines the nature and application of corrections and punishment while providing an overview of criminological, historical, legal, and policy-oriented works. This text discusses the foundations of corrections and how it relates to contemporary correctional issues. Students are encouraged to think critically about the future of corrections, which is valuable whether they are future practitioners or informed consumers. Three major themes guide the text:

  • The link between theory and practice
The text links theory and practice to help students understand-and to critically question-the rationales for punishment. Contemporary sentencing policies and practices are linked to theories of punishments and also discussed in their historical context.
  • The importance of policy:
Historical and contemporary correctional policy initiatives are discussed throughout. Policies, procedures, and programs related to restorative justice and community corrections are highlighted.
  • The integration of diversity:
Race/ethnicity and gender are fully integrated throughout each chapter of the text. For example, rather than a separate chapter on women offenders, material on women is interwoven with coverage of men. "This text is clearly superior to the numerous books I have reviewed in regard to depth, diversity, detail, and it provides the most current knowledge available."--Ted Wallman, University of North Florida "The pedagogical features significantly contribute to the strengths of the book. The "Hot Topics" and "What Works?" sections provide essential examples to students not only of historical information, but also current and contemporary problems that face corrections." --Hilary Estes, Southern Illinois University

About the Author:

Leanne Fiftal Alarid is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-El Paso. She double majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a B.A. in 1989. She worked in Denver as a counselor in a girls group home and as a case manager at an adult halfway house before returning to school to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1996-2006, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006-2013. Her research areas are post conviction offender behavior, issues of mentally ill offenders, and correctional policy. She has also partnered with a number of criminal justice agencies as a researcher, consultant, and program evaluator. Alarid has authored more than forty journal articles and book chapters. She has co-authored/co-edited six books and received the Fellow Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to criminal justice education and service.

Philip L. Reichel earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Kansas State University and is currently Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach (6th ed., 2013), co-author of Corrections (2013), and co-editor of Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (2012). Dr. Reichel has also authored or co-authored more than 30 articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. He has lectured at universities in Austria, Germany, and Poland; participated in a panel for the United Nations University; was a presenter for a United Nations crime prevention webinar; presented papers at side events during the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Brazil) and the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Vienna); and was an invited speaker at Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China. He was asked to provide a contribution for an anthology of 14 esteemed scholars who have made a significant contribution to the discipline of criminal justice within a comparative/international context (Lessons From International Criminology/Comparative Criminology/Criminal Justice, 2004) and is an active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, serving as a Trustee-at-large for the latter.

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