Corrections in the Community, Sixth Edition, examines the current state of community corrections and proposes an evidence-based approach to making programs more effective. As the U.S. prison system approaches meltdown, options like probation, parole, alternative sentencing, and both residential and non-residential programs in the community continue to grow in importance. This text provides a solid foundation and includes the most salient information available on the broad and dynamic subject of community corrections. Authors Latessa and Smith organize and evaluate the latest data on the assessment of offender risk/need/responsivity and successful methods that continue to improve community supervision and its effects on different types of clients, from the mentally ill to juveniles.
This book provides students with a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of community corrections and prepares them to evaluate and strengthen these crucial programs. This sixth edition includes a new chapter on specialty drug and other problem-solving courts. Now found in every state, these specialty courts represent a new way to deal with some of the problems that face our citizens, be it substance abuse or reentry to the community from prison. Chapters contain key terms, boxed material, review questions, and recommended readings, and a glossary is provided to clarify important concepts.
Corrections in the Community by Edward Latessa and Paula Smith is an excellent resource for my class. The text provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of community corrections in a manner that is of interest to my students. The text is relevant to my class and serves to promote a greater understanding of the various components of community corrections.
-George Thomas, Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University
Congratulations to Latessa and Smith on the publication of the 6th edition of Corrections in the Community! As a frequent user of their earlier editions, I eagerly awaited the publication of this 6th edition because the earlier editions had been so successful in meeting the needs of my students in what I was searching for as a text for my community based corrections classes. Student feedback was extremely positive regarding the earlier editions, but the 6th edition, in particular, will greatly improve on an already solid theoretical and applied foundation. Latessa and Smith have always provided the needed merging of theory and practice for this area of corrections and I find this to be even more evident in this latest iteration. The addition of the new materials on drug courts and specialty courts has greatly enhanced this relatively new area in community based corrections ---and rightly so! As one who has been involved in drug court research and evaluation for more than twenty years, I found this timely examination of the research and practice to be a fair and accurate reflection of what is occurring with drug and specialty courts today. It is a very readable and thoughtful book which should greatly enhance the field for both academics and practitioners alike---I highly recommend this book!
-Bill Wakefield, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Corrections in the Community is an easy-to-read textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to probation, parole, alternative sentencing and community programming. While Latessa and Smith deftly cover the major tenets underlying community corrections, their new chapter on problem-solving courts is a timely addition given the recent growth in these courts across the U.S.
-Grant Duwe, Director, Research and Evaluation, Minnesota Department of Corrections
1. The Criminal Justice System 2. Sentencing and Community Corrections 3. Probation in America 4. Parole in America 5. What Works in Probation and Parole 6. Juveniles and Community Corrections 7. Roles of Probation and Parole Officers 8. Offender Assessment 9. Strategies for Managing and Providing Services to Offenders 10. Intermediate Sanctions 11. Community Residential Correctional Programs 12. Special Populations in Community Corrections 13. Drug and Other Problem-Solving Courts 14. Evaluating Community Corrections 15. The Future of Corrections in the Community
Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2016 where Dr Edward J. Latessa discusses if punishment changes behavior.