Higher Education

Law and Contemporary Corrections, 1st Edition

  • Christopher E. Smith Michigan State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495500429  |  ISBN-13: 9780495500421
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $186.00



The first true text on the subject of corrections law and prisoner's rights, this book is an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the subject. Rather than relying exclusively on cases to illuminate the content, Smith discusses and briefly excerpts case material to aid students not intimately familiar with legal language. Extensive pedagogy further aids in comprehension. Bringing both a legal and academic background to bear, Smith both writes for the needs of the student and the illumination and clarification of legal issues.

Table of Contents

1. Law and Corrections.
2. Prisoners' Legal Cases.
3. Access to the Courts and Communication Rights.
4. Prisoners' Personal Rights.
5. Discipline and Due Process.
6. Use of Force.
7. Conditions of Confinement.
8. Probation, Parole, and Release.
9. Jails.
10. The Law and Corrections Personnel.
11. Conclusion: Law's Impact on Corrections.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Christopher E. Smith

Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned degrees at Harvard University, the University of Bristol (England), the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of 25 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher with MSU's "Teacher-Scholar Award" and "Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award." His other books with Cengage Learning/Wadsworth include THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with George Cole and Christina DeJong), LAW AND CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.