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Prisons and Community Corrections
Critical Issues and Emerging Controversies

ISBN 9780367818715
Published August 10, 2020 by Routledge
322 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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




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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.