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7th Edition

Corrections in the Community

ISBN 9781138389304
Published April 22, 2019 by Routledge
426 Pages 69 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Corrections in the Community, Seventh Edition, examines the current state of community corrections and proposes an evidence-based approach to making programs more effective. As the U.S. prison and jail systems continue to struggle, 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 Lovins 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 those with mental illness or substance abuse problems 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 seventh edition includes new chapters on pretrial, and graduated responses as well as updated information on specialty drug and other problem-solving courts. Now found in every state, these specialty courts represent a way to deal with some of the most devastating problems that face our population, be it substance abuse or re-entry 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. The instructor’s guide is expanded, offering sample syllabi for semester, quarter, and online classes; student exercises; research and information links; and a transcription of the Bill of Rights. A test bank and lecture slides are also available at no cost.


Table of Contents

About the Authors 



1. The Criminal Justice System 

2. Pretrial Bond, Bail, and Diversion

3. Sentencing and Community Corrections

4. Probation in America

5. Parole in America

6. Offender Assessment 

7. Roles of Probation and Parole Officers

8. Supervision Strategies and Delivering Services to Offenders

9. Graduate Responses to Behavior

10. Community Residential Correctional Programs

11. Special Populations in Community Corrections

12. Women and Community Corrections

13. Problem-Solving Courts

14. Evaluating Community Corrections

15. The Future of Corrections in the Community


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Edward J. Latessa is Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1979 and was a student of Harry E. Allen. Dr. Latessa has published over 170 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice. He is co-author of eight books, including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America. He has directed more than 195 funded research projects, including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. Latessa and his staff have also assessed over 1,000 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in 48 states. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90). He has also received several awards including the Ernest Talbert House Award (2018); the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rite of Passage (2018); the William T. Rossiter Award from the Forensic Mental Health Association of California (2017); the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010); the Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (2010); the Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers of America (2010); the Community Hero Award presented by Community Resources for Justice (2010); the Bruce Smith Sr. Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2010); the George Beto Scholar, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University (2009); the Mark O. Hatfield Scholar Award for contributions in public policy research by the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University (2008); the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Juvenile Justice Court Services Association (2007); the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology (2004); the Simon Dinitz Criminal Justice Research Award from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (2002); the Margaret Mead Award for dedicated service to the causes of social justice and humanitarian advancement by the International Community Corrections Association (2001); the Peter P. Lejins Research Award from the American Correctional Association (1999); the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Fellow Award (1998); the ACJS Founders Award (1992); and the Dr. Simon Dinitz award by the Ohio Community Corrections Organization (now The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections). In 2013 Latessa was identified as one of the most innovative people in criminal justice by a national survey conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brian Lovins is a Research Fellow for the University of Cincinnati’s School of Criminal Justice as well as the Assistant Director for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Lovins has published over 20 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of corrections, risk assessment, and juvenile justice. In addition to his work in Harris County, he is currently the Co-Editor for the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA) Perspectives journal. He has contributed to the national discourse with his work in developing a non-proprietary juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), as well as redesigning juvenile and adult correctional programs to meet evidence-based standards. Lovins routinely assists community corrections agencies in developing and implementing risk assessment and the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Lovins has received the Dr. Simon Dinitz Award from The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections for his work and dedication in helping correctional agencies adopt evidence-based programs, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Cincinnati. 


Criminal justice students are often taught very little about community corrections, even though 7 of 10 individuals under correctional supervision in the U.S. are on probation or parole. Latessa and Lovins have written an informative, current text about pretrial, probation, and parole that includes the latest evidence-based approaches. This is a valuable addition to the academic library and will help prepare the next generation of practitioners.

Barbara Broderick, Chief, Maricopa County Adult Probation

With the latest edition of Corrections in the Community, Latessa and Lovins have created a comprehensive, highly engaging, and up-to-date book that will easily and effectively guide the reader through America’s largest and perhaps most often misunderstood correctional system.

Students will gain a thorough understanding of the history and development of the community correctional system, while also learning about the most recent issues that continue to shape and challenge the profession.

Alexander M. Holsinger, Associate Dean and Professor, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Criminal Justice Coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas

With the aim of providing a comprehensive review, the authors move beyond the basic concepts of probation and parole to a rich understanding of community corrections. The text stands out for its excellent review of the evidence-based approaches that lead to more effective policies and practices. Corrections in the Community is an essential reading for students and professionals alike.

Shelley Johnson Listwan, Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte