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CORRECTIONS TODAY, 3rd Edition, is a briefer, visual, paperback alternative to hardback Introduction to Corrections texts, ideal for instructors who are looking for course materials that emphasize real-world concepts and applications in their Corrections courses. This innovative text examines the field of corrections through the lens of students who are giving serious thought to a career in the field or are working in corrections while seeking an advanced degree in order to be promoted or switch job paths. CORRECTIONS TODAY, 3rd Edition, offers a practical, engaging, career-focused, and thoroughly authoritative introduction to corrections.
- An all-new Chapter 15, "Today's Corrections Professional: Characteristics, Challenges, and Opportunities," discusses why a career in corrections is beneficial and outlines the variety of career paths in the field--providing information about the nature of the jobs, qualifications and required education, job outlook, earnings, benefits, and more. Students learn what it is like to work in corrections, including some of the challenges that face working professionals today. The chapter also discusses the importance of internships in corrections.
- A new emphasis on critical thinking is evident in new "Critical Thinking" questions and "For Group Discussion" activities that appear in the text margins where related concepts are discussed. For instance, one group activity has students work together to create an offender profile using a needs assessment instrument and then discuss programs that could rehabilitate the offender. In addition, all of the book's "Techno-Corrections" and "Evidence-Based Corrections" include new "For Critical Thinking and Writing" assignments.
- New "Web App" features in each chapter encourage students to research corrections-related topics online and think critically about them. For example, one asks students to visit the Prison Studies Project website to learn more about Bedford Hills College at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility--a case study discussed throughout Chapter 8--and consider how educational programs in prisons reduce recidivism rates.
- New learning tools include a "Preview of Key Concepts" at the beginning of each chapter. In addition, the timelines in each part have been expanded to include more detail as well as more historical photographs and images.
- The book's "Exhibits" are updated with new case studies and real-world examples of corrections programming, correctional policies "in action," and success stories. For example, a new "Exhibit" in Chapter 4 features Curt's Café, a non-profit restaurant that hires at-risk young adults--particularly those with criminal records--and provides them with job training and work experience, an example of a successful restorative justice program. Other new "Exhibits" include a case study of an offender going through the classification process (Ch. 7) and a parole success story (Ch. 11).
- Provocative "Myth/Fact" boxes present popular myths (i.e., "prison rehabilitation efforts are a failure") followed by a fact that has been supported by research in the field, and are designed to generate lively discussion and debate in the classroom.
- Gripping, current, high-profile cases are the subject of the text's real-life chapter opening vignettes, which capture student interest and encourage reading. Chapter 5, for instance, describes a 2013 case at the Baltimore jail where several corrections officers were indicted for assisting Tayon White--an inmate in the Baltimore jail and a member of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) prison gang--in running a lucrative drug operation behind bars.
- "TechnoCorrections" boxes provide comprehensive information about the latest technologies in corrections. Topics include a New Jersey pilot project concerning round-the-clock Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring for the state's most dangerous registered sex offenders; and possible future technologies, such as scanning devices that can help detect illegal contraband, devices that use radio waves to track prisoner and staff movements, and computer programs that may help predict where problems are most likely to occur within correctional institutions.
- Careers in corrections are highlighted in every chapter with such features as "Voices Across the Profession," which includes interviews of working professionals; "Careers in Corrections" boxes that spotlight real corrections professionals; and "Thinking Like a Corrections Professional" activities that challenge students to think critically and problem solve about dilemmas they are likely to face on the job.
- "Correctional Life" inserts give students a firsthand glimpse of what it is like "inside" prisons of the past or the present. The settings examined include, among others, the historic Eastern State Penitentiary and today's supermax prisons. Topics include an average day in the life of a probation officer, the challenge of an inmate preparing his or her case for appeal, the perspective of an inmate who has been sexually victimized, a prison captain's challenges in overseeing prison security, and a female correctional officer's experiences working in a male prison.
1. The Correctional System.
Part II: HOW DO WE PUNISH?
2. Sentencing and the Correctional Process.
Part III: HOW DO WE CORRECT IN THE COMMUNITY?
3. Community Corrections: Diversion and Probation.
4. Intermediate Sanctions.
Part IV: WHERE DO WE PUNISH?
5. The Jail: Detention and Short-Term Confinement.
6. Correctional Institutions.
7. The Prison Experience: Males.
8. The Prison Experience: Females.
9. Prisoners' Rights.
Part V: HOW DO WE REHABILITATE?
10. Correctional Programs and Services.
11. Parole and Release to the Community.
Part VI: WHAT ARE SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS?
12. Special Prison Populations.
13. Capital Punishment and the Death Row Inmate.
14. The Juvenile Offender.
Part VII: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF CORRECTIONS?
15. Today's Corrections Professional: Characteristics, Challenges, and Opportunities.
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 PowerPoint® Slides
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.
Online Instructor's Manual
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.
Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.