2nd Edition

Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System

By George Patterson Copyright 2020
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System presents an overview of the criminal justice system for social workers, exploring the networks and institutions which comprise it.

    Integrating social work ethics and a commitment to social justice, this textbook explores social work practice roles to address social problems within the criminal justice system and promotes the development of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection in this increasingly important area of practice. In addition to covering the four key areas for social work practice – law enforcement, courts, corrections, and legislation, it covers police social work and forensic social work.

    This second edition has been updated to include:

    • The opioid crisis and opioid courts
    • Separate chapters describing special populations and contemporary issues in the criminal justice system
    • Expanded criminal justice perspectives and theoretical frameworks.

    Examining the challenges and opportunities of social work practice in the criminal justice system, this is the ideal text for social work instructors, students, and practitioners working with or within the criminal justice system. Each chapter includes a summary of social work practice implications, key terms, and suggestions for further reading.

    Preface;  Acknowledgements;  Chapter 1: Introduction to the U.S. criminal justice system; Chapter 2: Legislation and the criminal justice system;  Chapter 3: Law enforcement; Chapter 4: The court system; Chapter 5: Corrections; Chapter 6: Criminal justice reforms and alternative programs; Chapter 7: Special populations in the criminal justice system; Chapter 8: Contemporary issues in the criminal justice system; Chapter 9: Social work practice in the criminal justice system; Chapter 10: Evidence-based practices in the criminal justice system; Chapter 11: The future of social work practice in the criminal justice system; Resources



    George T. Patterson is Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA. A certified police instructor, he has taught criminal justice courses to social work and criminal justice students, and trained police officers and recruits.

    "In his timely update of this pathbreaking book – a first for the social work profession – Patterson has broadened his lens to examine the complex intersection between the criminal justice system and challenges faced by veterans, LGBTQ persons, and people who struggle with opioid addiction. Patterson also has keen insights to share about current and emerging controversies related to bail reform and decarceration, particularly as they pertain to social work's unique mission." - Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

    "Thank you for writing this much needed book. This book serves as wonderful addition to the preparation of social work professionals in the field of criminal justice and related areas. It provides a foundation for understanding the role of social work in the field of criminal justice as well as the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to be an effective criminal justice social work professional. It is comprehensive, concise, and very easy to read. Significant strengths of the book are the summaries of social work practice implications and the applications of evidence-based practice principles." - Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook, Associate Professor of Social Work, Alcorn State University

    "Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System, 2nd edition is a comprehensive and compelling examination of the crucial role that social work plays within the forensic realm. This edition includes critical updates on evolving areas of practice and is a vital resource for social work professionals at all levels from students to seasoned practitioners and everyone in between. A must-read!" - E. Jean-Marie Catlett, LMSW, Forensic Social Worker