1st Edition

Prisons and Community Corrections Critical Issues and Emerging Controversies

Edited By Philip Birch, Louise Sicard Copyright 2020
    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited collection brings together leading international academics and researchers to provide a comprehensive body of literature that informs the future of prison and wider corrective services training, education, research, policy and practice. This volume addresses a range of 21st century issues faced by modern corrective services including, prison overcrowding, young and ageing offenders, mental health, sexual assault in corrective facilities, trans communities in corrective services and radicalisation of offenders within corrective services. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing together theoretical and practice debates, the book comprehensively considers current challenges and future trajectories for corrective systems, the people within them and service delivery. This volume will also be a welcomed resource for academics and researchers who have an interest in prisons, corrective services practice and broader criminal justice issues. It will also be of interest to those who want to join corrective services, those who are currently training to become personnel in corrective services and related allied professions, and those who are currently working in the field.

    Forward: Jane L. Ireland (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

    Section 1: Systems

    Chapter 1: Frameworks for Punishment: Implications on 21st Century Corrective Services

    Piero Moraro

    Chapter 2: The use of the death sentence

    Robert Johnson and Esther Matthews

    Chapter 3: Wrongful convictions and the implications for Corrective Services

    Michele Ruyters, Gregory Stratton and Monique Moffa

    Chapter 4: Prison overcrowding: Examining the problem through the prism of the European Court of Human Rights

    Gaëtan Cliquennois and Philip Birch

    Chapter 5: The Digital Prison: Towards an ethics of technology

    Victoria Knight and Steven Van De Steene

    Chapter 6: Privatising Corrections: Rethinking the issue

    Jane Andrew, Max Baker, Christine Cooper and Jonny Tweedie

    Chapter 7: A forgotten profession: The need to invest in prison officers

    Andrew Clements and Gail Kinman

    Section 2: People

    Chapter 8: Children in care: The criminalisation of children

    Emma Colvin, Alison Gerard and Andrew McGrath

    Chapter 9: Young People in corrections

    Laura Abrams

    Chapter 10: Ageing offenders in the prison environment

    Rhonda Shaw

    Chapter 11: Working with Trans communities in corrective services

    Roberto H. Potter and Stephen T. Holmes

    Chapter 12: Prison Gangs

    Camila Nunes Dias , Michelle Butler and Gavin Slade

    Chapter 13: Taking Stock of Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities: Is it Time to Apply the

    Evidence to Reduce Risk?

    Eileen Ahlin

    Section 3: Service Delivery

    Chapter 14: Mental Health and Services in Prisons

    Daniel Semenza and Meghan Noisky

    Chapter 15: Adopting a ‘Creative Corrections’ approach for offender treatment programs

    Louise A. Sicard and Philip Birch

    Chapter 16: Dealing with radicalisation in corrective services: A global issue

    Nathan Thompson

    Chapter 17: Challenges for managing offenders in the community in the 21st Century: Global


    Malcolm Pearse

    Chapter 18: Transforming Rehabilitation: A failed experiment in throughcare and offender


    Matthew Cracknell and Julie Trebilcock

    Chapter 19: Desistance-Focused Practice: An Innovative Approach to Reducing Offending Behaviour

    and Building Social Integration

    Deirdre Healey





    Philip Birch, is an Associate Professor  in Criminology & Policing in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

    Louise Sicard is a Sessional Lecturer in Criminology & Policing in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University, Australia.