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NCJ Number: 184128 Find in a Library
Title: Corrections and the Criminal Justice System: Laws, Policies, and Practices
Author(s): Thomas F. Courtless
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 465
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-314-20187-4
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Ten Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text surveys corrections policies, correctional systems, and correctional reforms, with emphasis on the systemic nature of criminal justice; corrections in the context of criminal law and the criminal justice system; and the systemic impact of changes in laws, policies, and practices.
Abstract: Individual chapters detail the elements of the criminal justice system, the goals of punishment, the sentencing process, and capital punishment. Additional chapters detail policies and practices related to jails, the history of incarceration, mental health and the law of corrections, contemporary prisons, prison management problems, private prisons, inmate programs, female inmates, and prisoners’ rights. Further chapters focus on community corrections and cover probation, parole, community service, restitution, halfway houses, work-release centers, and other community-based programs. Other chapters analyze shock incarceration programs and intermediate sanctions, including home detention, intensive supervision without electronic monitoring, and fines and other monetary penalties. The final chapter examines the status of corrections today and forecasts its likely future, focusing on sentencing law and reforms, correctional treatment programs, community-based corrections, inmates with special needs, prison overcrowding, super-max prisons, and the prison-industrial complex. Photographs, tables, lists of central concepts for each chapter, chapter discussion questions, endnotes, appended glossary and table of cases, name index, and subject index
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Community-based corrections (adult); Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional law; Correctional personnel; Correctional reform; Corrections agencies; Corrections decisionmaking; Corrections effectiveness; Corrections management; Corrections standards; Corrections trends; Intermediate sanctions; Prisoner's rights; Sentencing/Sanctions
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