Higher Education

American Corrections in Brief, 2nd Edition

  • Todd R. Clear Rutgers University
  • George F. Cole University of Connecticut
  • Michael D. Reisig Arizona State University
  • Carolyn Petrosino Bridgewater State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285458427  |  ISBN-13: 9781285458427
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $111.75
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About

Overview

A condensed, more accessible version of the best-selling corrections book on the market, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 2nd Edition, introduces students to the dynamics of corrections in a way that captures their interest and encourages them to enter the field. The brief paperback format of this book makes it more approachable, and the well-respected author team includes several pedagogical elements to promote students' success. 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 a well-rounded, balanced introduction to corrections.

Features and Benefits

  • To provide maximum learning reinforcement and student success, each chapter's learning objectives are carefully integrated within the text, matched to end-of-chapter summary sections, and linked to corresponding quiz/test items.
  • "Focus On. . ." boxes bring to life the real-world relevance of the issues discussed in the text. These boxes--organized by topic into Correctional Technology, 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 reflect the way the corrections system has evolved in recent decades, the authors devote three chapters to community corrections, more than any other corrections textbook on the market.
  • "Careers in Corrections" features present information on various career paths in corrections. The material includes the nature of the work, required qualifications, earnings, and job outlook--providing valuable insight into who plays what role.
  • "Myths in Corrections" sidebars 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.
  • Unique, highly praised "Do the Right Thing" insets present scenarios in which ethical questions arise. Students examine the issues and consider how they would act in such a situation.

Table of Contents

Part I: CORRECTIONAL CONTEXT.
1. What Is Corrections?
2. Punishment of Offenders.
Part II: CORRECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.
3. Jails.
4. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
5. Probation Supervision.
Part III: INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS.
6. Prisons.
7. Prison Experience.
8. Management and Staffing.
9. Special Populations.
Part IV: CORRECTIONAL ISSUES.
10. Reentry and Community Supervision.
11. Legal Issues and the Death Penalty.
12. Juvenile Corrections.
13. Corrections Today and Tomorrow.

What's New

  • Expanded coverage of "special populations" appears in two new chapters. In the first of these, Chapter 9, "Special Populations," readers will find dramatically expanded discussion of elderly prisoners, prisoners with HIV AIDS, mentally ill prisoners, and long-term prisoners. This more comprehensive chapter also includes a new section on sexual minorities.
  • The second new chapter (Chapter 12) in this edition focuses on juveniles, providing much more detailed coverage of juvenile correctional populations and expands the description of the special way that corrections operates for juveniles as compared with adult populations.
  • In addition to increased coverage of special populations, the second edition includes expanded and enhanced coverage of many other important and emerging topics in the field of corrections. These include the effects of the U.S. economy on correctional policies and strategies, evidence-based policies and practices, privatization of corrections and correctional facilities across the country, diversion strategies for nonviolent offenders, and the latest developments in juvenile sentencing and juvenile corrections.

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285458729 | ISBN-13: 9781285458724)

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. 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. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285854225 | ISBN-13: 9781285854229)

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 and feature some additional examples and real world cases for application and discussion. Available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website, the presentations and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285854241 | ISBN-13: 9781285854243)

A flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the American Corrections in Brief, Second Edition, 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.

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Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

Delivered via email, the Instant Access Code includes a URL and a code that students use to gain full access to the Careers in Criminal Justice Website, which helps them investigate the criminal justice career choices that are right for them. Students can take advantage of interest assessments, career profiles, video interviews, and a career Rolodex with links and tools to assist them in finding a professional position. There's also a career planner with sample résumés, letters, and interview questions, and a wealth of information on "soft skills" such as health and fitness, stress management, and effective communication.

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Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Todd R. Clear

Todd R. Clear is the Provost at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is currently involved in studies of religion and crime, the criminological implications of "place," and the concept of "community justice." He serves as founding editor of the journal Criminology and Public Policy. Previous writing covers the topics of correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. Clear has been elected to national office in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has served as a programming and policy consultant to public agencies in over 40 states and five nations, and his work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. Clear is the author of three books on community justice: COMMUNITY JUSTICE (Cengage Learning), WHAT IS COMMUNITY JUSTICE? (Sage), and THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (Westview). He is also author of IMPRISONING COMMUNITIES: HOW MASS INCARCERATION MAKES DISADVANTAGED PLACES WORSE (Oxford University Press).

George F. Cole

The late George F. Cole was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He was recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts, and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he was granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He was co-author of several other Cengage Learning/Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with Christopher E. Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, 11th Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 3rd Edition (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, 10th Edition (with Marc Gertz).

Michael D. Reisig

Michael Reisig is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1996. Previously he was faculty member at Michigan State University and Florida State University. His corrections research has appeared in several leading criminology journals, including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Punishment and Society.

Carolyn Petrosino

Carolyn Petrosino is Professor of Criminal Justice and Founding Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1993. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she held various positions in the corrections system of the State of New Jersey. Her publications include journal articles and book chapters on such topics as hate crimes, juvenile delinquency, sexual offenders, and parole decision-making. She has published in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Social Issues, Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Dr. Petrosino's forthcoming book is UNDERSTANDING HATE CRIMES: ACTS, MOTIVES, OFFENDERS, VICTIMS, AND JUSTICE (Routledge).