Community-Based Corrections

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Up-to-date, comprehensive, and objective, COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS gives you essential information on the wide array of punishment and treatment programs that constitute alternatives to incarceration. You'll be introduced into a number of programs--such as probation, parole, electronic monitoring, house arrest, day-treatment centers, boot camps, restitution, and fines-designed to meet the needs and levels of risk posed by the individual offender. Additionally, you will learn about the practical and legal matters involved in running these programs, and you'll gain insight into their historical, philosophical, social, and legal underpinnings.

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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. She worked in Denver as a counselor in a girls group home and then 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. 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. Dr. Alarid has authored more than fifty journal articles and book chapters. She has co-authored/edited seven other 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.

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"I like the choice and development of the topics. I have found the material to be relevant to the course, well researched and presented in a manner that is both informative and interesting to the students and also to me. Numerous anecdotes, illustrations, etc., especially in the 6th Edition, have helped to make the material come alive." "The INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL which accompanies this text has been a big help in focusing upon content highlights as well as in test preparation." "They have done a commendable job of presenting the material in ways that are relevant, informative, interesting and up-to-date." "I would describe this text as one which covers all the major topics well, including history, philosophy, legal issues, past and current community corrections programs, and changes and trends in community corrections. I particularly like the balance and extent of coverage and with few reservations, as noted elsewhere in this review, the format as well."

"I used this text because I liked the organization of materials and information. The language in the text is very clear and reader friendly. Each chapter and the contents of each section contain in-depth information and great examples. The text covers most of the literature on community corrections and has useful charts, graphs and class exercises." "I am very satisfied with this book. This book made teaching the class easier with their up-to-date information in the boxes found in each chapter. I like the structure and organization of the literature in nearly all chapters. I like the bullet format used in chapters to present the information. This made reading easier for students. The chapter summaries are also very good. The Case study exercises are also an excellent idea for this type of book."

"The writing style for ALL chapters is consistent and very good. The authors present the material in a clear, simple and easy to understand format for undergraduates. The language is clear and understandable and simply well written." "An excellent text for undergraduate and introductory graduate classes. A well-written and thorough textbook that contains all the materials and literature needed for an undergraduate course in community corrections."

"The discussion questions are well crafted and consequently ones that I would actually utilize in class or on webpostings." "A comprehensive examination of the various components of community corrections presented in an informative, no nonsense manner. The text contains a variety of practical aspects that will interest students and enhance their learning."

"I think the students enjoy the text and find it easy to learn and study from."

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