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Routledge Handbook of Corrections in the United States

ISBN 9780367245108
Published June 10, 2019 by Routledge
540 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

Preface Author Biographies Section One: Correctional Philosophies 1. Deterrence and Imprisonment 2. Victim Rights and Retribution 3. Incapacitation and Sentencing 4. Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitative Ideal 5. Restorative Justice Section Two: Punishment and Correctional Sanctions in the United States 6. Banishment and Residency Restrictions in the United States 7. Economic Sanctions 8. Corporal Punishment 9. Capital Punishment in America 10. Jails in America 11. Prisons in the United States 12. Women’s Incarceration in the United States: Continuity and Change 13. Juvenile Corrections in the United States 14. A Brief History of Private Prisons in the United States Section Three: Community Corrections and Alternative Sanctions 15. Probation in the United States: A Historical and Modern Perspective 16. Parole Process and Practice 17. Community Supervision Officers: An Overview and Discussion of Contemporary Ideas 18. Halfway Houses/House Arrest 19. Day Reporting Centers/Work-Release Programs 20. Boot Camp Prisons in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices 21. Specialty Courts Section Four: Issues Affecting Corrections and Punishment 22. The War on Drugs and American Corrections 23. Mass Incarceration 24. Religion in Correctional Settings and Faith-Based Programming 25. Drug Treatment Trends and the Use of Criminal Justice to Address Substance Use Disorder 26. Law of Corrections 27. Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Practices: The Partially Clothed Emperor 28. Race/Ethnicity, Sentencing, and Corrections 29. Corrections and Mental Illness 30. Sex Offenders Section Five: Issues Affecting Incarceration 31. Correctional Facility Overcrowding 32. Inmate Code and Prison Culture 33. When Women are Captive: Women’s Prisons and Culture Within 34. Correctional Healthcare 35. Solitary Confinement and Supermax Custody 36. The Importance of Prison Visitation in the Era of Mass Incarceration 37. Prison Gangs 38. Prison Inmate Economy 39. Sexuality in Correctional Facilities 40. Examining the World of Correctional Officers Section Six: Effects of Corrections and Post-Sanction Issues 41. The Effect of Corrections on Communities and Families 42. Sex Offender Civil Commitment 43. Felon Disenfranchisement 44. Reentry in the U.S.: A Review 45. Offender Recidivism Index

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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