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Routledge Handbook of Corrections in the United States

ISBN 9781315645179
Published September 1, 2017 by Routledge
538 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Corrections in the United States brings together original contributions from leading scholars in criminology and criminal justice that provide an in-depth, state-of-the-art look at the most important topics in corrections. The book discusses the foundations of corrections in the United States, philosophical issues that have guided historical movements in corrections, different types of punishment and supervision, trends in incarceration, issues affecting race, ethnicity, and special populations in corrections, and a variety of other emerging issues.

This book scrutinizes innovative community programs as well as more traditional sanctions, and exposes the key issues and debates surrounding the correctional process in the United States. Among other important topics, selections address the inherent discrimination within the system, special issues surrounding certain populations, and the utilization of the death penalty as the ultimate punishment. This book serves as an essential reference for academicians and practitioners working in corrections and related agencies, as well as for students taking courses in criminal justice, criminology, and related subjects.

Table of Contents

Section One: Correctional Philosophies

1: Deterrence and Imprisonment
Mark C. Stafford

2: Victim Rights and Retribution
Maria J. Patterson, Angela R. Gover, and Maren Trochmann

3: Incapacitation and Sentencing
Pauline K. Brennan and Julie Garman

4: Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitative Ideal
Lior Gideon and Amanda L. Thomas

5: Restorative Justice
Chad Posick

Section Two: Punishment and Correctional Sanctions in the United States

6: Banishment and Residency Restrictions in the United States
O. Hayden Griffin III

7: Economic Sanctions
R. Barry Ruback

8: Corporal Punishment
Graeme R. Newman

9: Capital Punishment in America
Gavin Lee and Robert M. Bohm

10: Jails in America
Arthur J. Lurigio

11: Prisons in the United States
Vanessa H. Woodward and Dylan Pelletier

12: Women’s Incarceration in the United States: Continuity and Change
Marilyn M. Brown and Meda Chesney-Lind

13: Juvenile Corrections in the United States
O. Hayden Griffin III

14: A Brief History of Private Prisons in the United States
Valerie A. Clark

Section Three: Community Corrections and Alternative Sanctions

15: Probation in the United States: A Historical and Modern Perspective
Ryan M. Labrecque

16: Parole Process and Practice
Kathryn Morgan

17: Community Supervision Officers: An Overview and Discussion of Contemporary Issues
Eric J. Wodahl and Brett Garland

18: Halfway Houses and House Arrest
Jason Rydberg and Elias Nader

19: Day Reporting Centers/Work Release Programs
Lee Michael Johnson

20: Boot Camp Prisons in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices
Faith E. Lutze and Jenny L. Lau

21: Specialty Courts
Brittany Hood and Bradley Ray

Section Four: Issues Affecting Corrections and Punishment

22: The War on Drugs and American Corrections
Ojmarrh Mitchell

23: Mass Incarceration
Travis Pratt

24: Religion in Correctional Settings and Faith-Based Programming
Kent R. Kerley and Lynea Sherwin

25: Drug Treatment Trends and the Use of Criminal Justice to Address Substance Use Disorder
Jada N. Hector and David N. Khey

26: Law of Corrections
Christopher E. Smith

27: Evidence-Based Practices in Sentencing and Corrections
Faye S. Taxman

28: Race/Ethnicity, Sentencing, and Corrections
Michael J. Leiber and Maude Beaudry-Cyr

29: Corrections and Mental Illness
Susan Jones, Risdon N. Slate, and W. Wesley Johnson

30: Sex Offenders
Sean Maddan and Lynn Pazzani

Section Five: Issues Affecting Incarceration

31: Correctional Facility Overcrowding
Benjamin Steiner and Sara Toto

32: Inmate Code and Prison Culture
Eileen M. Ahlin, Don Hummer, and Daniela Barberi

33: When Women are Captive: Women’s Prisons and Culture Within
L. Susan Williams and Edward L.W. Green

34: Correctional Healthcare
Roberto Hugh Potter

35: Solitary Confinement and Supermax Custody
Keramet Reiter

36: The Importance of Prison Visitation in the Era of Mass Incarceration
Melinda Tasca

37: Prison Gangs
David Skarbek and Danilo Freire

38: Prison Inmate Economy
Kyle A. Burgason

39: Sexuality in Correctional Facilities
Richard Tewksbury and John C. Navarro

40: Examining the World of Correctional Officers
Robert M. Worley and Vidisha Barua Worley

Section Six: Effects of Corrections and Post-Sanction Issues

41: The Effects of Corrections on Communities and Families
Bridget Brew, Alyssa Goldman, and Christopher Wildeman

42: Sex Offender Civil Commitment
Georgia M. Winters and Elizabeth L. Jeglic

43: Felon Disenfranchisement
C. Cory Lowe and Bryan Lee Miller

44: Reentry in the United States: A Review
Holly Ventura Miller

45: Offender Recidivism
Kevin A. Wright and Natasha Khade




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O. Hayden Griffin III, Ph.D., J.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Vanessa H. Woodward, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of West Georgia.


This is a well-curated collection of essays for anyone interested in punishment, experts and non-experts alike, and it comes at an important time. As researchers, practitioners, and policymakers continue to question the current ways of "doing" punishment and to contemplate what must change, this book covers a gamut of pressing concerns that should inform our deliberations. This is a must-read volume for anyone interested in corrections theory, research, and policy, but with an eye on the big picture. --Joshua Cochran, University of Cincinnati

This volume has much to offer both corrections scholars and professionals in the field, especially those comimitted to evidence-based practices. Not only do the essays cover a wide range of important topics, but they are also written by established researchers and rising young stars. --Michael Reisig, Arizona State University