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Long at the forefront of the course and now in its Tenth Edition, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS has been a trusted resource for introducing students to the dynamics of corrections in a way that captures their interest and encourages them to enter the field. Complete with valuable career-based material, insightful guest speakers, illuminating real-world cases, and uniquely even-handed treatment of institutional and community sanctions, the text examines the U.S. correctional system from the perspectives of both the corrections worker and the offender, providing students with the most well-rounded, balanced introduction to corrections available.
- Crucial community corrections material previously presented in Chapter 21 (and often skipped as a result) now appears in Chapter 8, "Probation," and Chapter 9, "Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections." This change results in early, thorough coverage of all aspects of surveillance and control in the community, and reduces the number of chapters from 23 to 22.
- Each chapter opens with a high-interest vignette--nearly all of them new--based on today's headlines and designed to draw students into the chapter material. Topics include recent actions of Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio (Chapter 7); the April 2011 charges brought against New Jersey correctional officer Luis Roman (Chapter 11); and the "Moms and Babies" program at the Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois (Chapter 12).
- To further enhance the relevancy of text content and hone student's critical thinking skills, chapter openers are linked to one or two new critical thinking insets in the chapter. These activities--suitable for student reflection, group work, and writing assignments--connect the real-world case to a specific topic, and pose questions that challenge students to apply what they are learning. For instance, the feature for Chapter 7 on jails revisits the story of Sheriff Arpaio, and asks students to consider the advantages and disadvantages of electoral accountability for jail administrators.
- The Focus on Correctional Policy and Focus on Correctional Practice boxes have been refreshed to emphasize evidence-based practices in corrections, especially in the high-profile areas of probation, intermediate sanctions, and parole. The guest perspective of U.S. Probation Officer Scott Talbot explains this new orientation and its importance in the field.
- Each chapter has been thoroughly updated in response to reviewer feedback, with the most dramatic enhancements being in the areas of community corrections, re-entry into the community, prison overcrowding, and the implications of state budgetary restrictions on the correctional system. This edition also presents expanded and clarified coverage on the theoretical basis of policies, particularly in community corrections.
- Careers in Corrections boxes, found in appropriate chapters throughout the book, focus on a particular correctional occupation. The material includes the nature of the work, required qualifications, earnings and job outlook, plus a source for more information. This feature gives students valuable insight into who plays what role in the corrections field.
- Each part opens with a Guest Perspective that ties correctional innovations and ideas to the topics found in the upcoming part. Written by experts in various corrections subfields, these insightful essays cover innovations in such hot areas as prisoner re-entry into the community and evidence-based practices, further enhancing the book's real-world orientation.
- Providing for maximum reinforcement and student success, chapters begin with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections--as well as linked to corresponding quiz and test items.
- Focus on . . . boxes bring to life the real-world relevance of the issues discussed in the text. These boxes--which cover People in Corrections, Correctional Policy, and Correctional Practice--use vivid, in-depth accounts by correctional workers, journalists, prisoners, parolees, and the relatives of those who are in the system to illuminate chapter topics.
- Myths in Corrections sections address common myths and misconceptions about corrections and criminal justice, providing an interesting and effective way to engage students, stimulate class discussion, and encourage critical thinking.
1. The Corrections System.
2. The Early History of Correctional Thought and Practice.
3. The History of Corrections in America.
4. The Punishment of Offenders.
5. The Law of Corrections.
6. The Correctional Client.
Part II: CORRECTIONAL PRACTICES.
7. Jails, Detention and Short-Term Incarceration.
9. Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections.
11. The Prison Experience.
12. Incarceration of Women.
13. Institutional Management.
14. Institutional Programs.
15. Release from Incarceration.
16. Making It: Supervision in the Community.
17. Corrections for Juveniles.
Part III: CORRECTIONAL ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES.
18. Incarceration Trends.
19. Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections.
20. The Death Penalty.
21. Community Justice.
22. American Corrections: Looking Forward.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online Instructor's Manual
Revised to reflect new content in the Eleventh Edition, the manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded test bank with 30% more questions than the prior edition. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay, and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage so instructors can be sure they are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.
Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text, are tagged by chapter learning objective, and feature some additional examples and real world cases for application and discussion.
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Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the AMERICAN CORRECTIONS test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.