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NCJ Number: 149908 Find in a Library
Title: American Corrections, Third Edition
Author(s): T R Clear; G F Cole
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 571
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-18972-5
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook is targeted at undergraduate students of criminal justice; it aims to expose them to the dynamics of corrections in a manner that will encourage them to enter this field.
Abstract: The first section of the book describes the historic problems that frame contemporary corrections in the U.S.; the various chapters examine the context of the correctional system, the early history of correctional thought and practice, distinctive aspects of correctional history in the U.S., and current theory and evidence on methods of punishment. The section covers the major components and practices of the system as it exists today: jails and other short-term facilities, probation in the community, intermediate sanctions, and various aspects of incarceration including incarceration for women, institutional management, educational and treatment programs, and prisoners' rights. The final two chapters of that section examine the process by which inmates are released into the community and their means of adaptation. In the third section, the authors analyze issues that have become prominent in corrections: incarceration trends, capital punishment, and surveillance of inmates in the community. Chapter references, 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Criminal justice system analysis; History of corrections; Reference materials
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