Contemporary Corrections: A Critical Thinking Approach introduces readers to the essential elements of the U.S. corrections system without drowning students in a sea of nonessential information. Unbiased and accessible, the text includes coverage of the history of corrections, alternatives to incarceration, probation/parole, race/ethnicity/gender issues in corrections, re-entry into the community, and more. The authors' unparalleled practical approach, reinforced by contemporary examples, illuminates the role corrections plays in our society.
The authors have reinvigorated earlier work with additional content on international comparative data to increase our understanding of how prison officials in other nations have developed different types of responses to the problems that challenge every U.S. correctional administrator, a new chapter on correctional personnel, and an integration of race and ethnicity issues throughout the book.
Unrivalled in scope, this book offers undergraduates a concise but comprehensive introduction to corrections with textual materials and assignments designed to encourage students’ critical thinking skills.
"Authored by three accomplished scholars, this text offers an illuminating tour across the diverse features of contemporary corrections. The book’s foundation rests on its conceptual and research rigor that provide essential details on correctional trends, populations, and system components. Most innovative, it is designed to engage students in the learning enterprise by offering real-world examples and challenging them to think critically. At once accessible and scholarly, Contemporary Corrections is ideal for classroom use."
Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati
"Contemporary Corrections: A Critical Thinking Approach represents a needed addition to the extant stock of corrections texts, particularly those with an essentials or foundations orientation. It is concise enough to be thoroughly covered in a semester or abbreviated term and strikes the right balance between conveying the scope of the field and the depth of issues. It is written by seasoned authors who understand the complexities and challenges facing the field and know how to teach others to begin doing the same."
Kevin I. Minor, Foundation Professor of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University
"I recommend the revised edition of Contemporary Corrections by Ruddell, Mays, and Winfree. Not only does the text provide an in-depth look into the essentials in corrections, the authors also contextualize the topics using examples from actual case studies. This approach provides an opportunity to launch class discussions and engage students in problem-solving activities. As a scholar in gender and justice, I appreciate the authors’ coverage of the ways in which race, class, and gender intersect to impact justice."
Dawn Beichner, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University
Chapter 1: Introduction to Corrections
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Punishment and Corrections
Chapter 3: Sentencing and Criminal Sanctions
Chapter 4: Probation and Community Corrections
Chapter 5: Jails and Detention Facilities
Chapter 6: Institutional Corrections
Chapter 7: Correctional Personnel
Chapter 8: Prisoners and Prison Life
Chapter 9: Living and Dying in Prison
Chapter 10: Parole and Prisoner Reentry
Chapter 11: Gender Issues in Corrections
Chapter 12: Juvenile Corrections
Chapter 13: Corrections Law and Inmate Litigation
Chapter 14: The Future of Corrections