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3rd Edition

Exploring Crime, Punishment, and Justice in America

ISBN 9781437734928
Published September 28, 2012 by Routledge

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Book Description

Corrections: Exploring Crime, Punishment, and Justice in America provides a thorough introduction to the topic of corrections in America. In addition to providing complete coverage of the history and structure of corrections, it offers a balanced account of the issues facing the field so that readers can arrive at informed opinions regarding the process and current state of corrections in America. The 3e introduces new content and fully updated information on America’s correctional system in a lively, colorful, readable textbook. Both instructors and students benefit from the inclusion of pedagogical tools and visual elements that help clarify the material.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Corrections: Where Are We? 2. The History of American Corrections: Where Did We Come From? 3. Corrections and the Courts 4. Community Corrections 5. Restorative Community Justice 6. Jails 7. Prisons and Prison Life 8. Correctional Administrators and Personnel 9. Special Populations in Prison 10. Women Offenders and Correctional Workers 12. The Death Penalty in America 13. The Future of Corrections

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John T. Whitehead is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Notre Dame and earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. He teaches courses in corrections, criminal justice ethics, and the death penalty.

Kimberly D. Dodson is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in corrections, diversity, and ethics in criminal justice. Her research interests include using evidence-based assessments to evaluate correctional programs and policies,the effectiveness of rehabilitation and treatment for minorities, and promoting thoughtful pedagogical practices in criminal justice. Dodson also is the creator and author of "The Big House Blog" located at:

Bradley D. Edwards teaches various courses at East Tennessee State University, including corrections, criminology, criminal law, research methods, and policy and criminal research. He completed his B.S. and M.A. at East Tennessee State University.

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  • Video

    Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2016 where Dr Kimberly D. Dodson discusses if punishment changes behavior.