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Long at the forefront of the course and now in its Eleventh 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.
- Thinking Outside the Box features draw attention to today's most innovative practices or programs in corrections. Designed to get students thinking beyond the historical and traditional aspects to new possibilities, these features address cutting-edge topics like jail "frequent flyer" programs (Chapter 7), evidence-based sentencing (Chapter 8), a voucher system for parole services (Chapter 16), and social impact bonds (Chapter 21).
- Each part of the book opens with a new Guest Perspective, covering a current and high-interest corrections topic that relates to the chapters in that part. Part 1 begins with Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project assessing criminal justice reform; Jethro Antoine, project director at Newark Community Solutions, introduces alternative justice solutions at the start of Part 2; and Part 3 opens with a description of Project ReMADE by Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.
- Each chapter has been thoroughly updated in response to reviewer feedback, with strong focus on the trending hot topics of special populations, changing perspectives in corrections, evidence-based practices, evolving sentencing models, inmate medical treatment and vocational training, privatization, and expanded employment opportunities in the system.
- Each chapter opens with a high-interest vignette based on today's headlines to draw students into the chapter material. New topics include the January 2014 sentencing of billionaire entrepreneur Ty Warner (Chapter 4), recent Supreme Court orders to reduce California's prison populations (Chapter 5), and sentencing juveniles to life without parole (Chapter 17).
- 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.
- For Critical Thinking sections ask students to reflect on real-world situations related to chapter discussions. Topics include whether probation is an effective general deterrent to someone convicted of tax evasion (Ch. 4); whether the head of a jail (Joe Arpaio) should be an elected official (Ch. 7); and whether children should be with their mothers during the first 18 months of their lives, even if the mother is incarcerated (Ch. 12).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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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.
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 Test Bank
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text. Each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage to insure that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.
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.
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