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Corrections: An Introduction by Richard P. Seiter
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This book examines corrections not just from an academic view, but from those who are at the center of the system. It includes correctional history and theory, yet concentrates on what professionals do, why they do it, and the challenges they face every day. Taking an insider's view, this edition discusses the impact of budgetary challenges, alternatives to incarceration and updates to legal decisions. New to this edition is the MyCrimeKit website featuring video interviews with correctional staff, clients and policymakers. This book is fully updated to include the latest on: * Problems solving courts (mental health)* Evidence-based practices* Staff recruitment and retention issues* Private prisons* Correctional technology* Prisoner reentry Some new features to this edition include: * New! A new section on the impact of budgetary challenges* New! A new section on alternatives to incarceration * New! Updated legal decisions This is a perfect resource for individuals and taxpayers interested in today's criminal justice system, and an understanding of how programs operate and how much they cost.

Table of Contents

PART I: PUTTING CORRECTIONS IN PERSPECTIVE 1. History of Crime and Punishment 2. Sentencing and the Correctional Process PART II: CORRECTIONAL POLICY AND OPERATIONS 3. Jails 4. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions 5. Prisons 6. Parole and Prisoner Reentry PART III: CORRECTIONAL CLIENTS 7. The Clients of Adult Correctional Agencies 8. The Juvenile Correctional System 9. Special Offenders PART IV: PRISON LIFE 10. The Management of Prisons 11. Prison Life for Inmates 12. The World of Prison Staff 13. Custody and Treatment 14. Legal Issues and the Death Penalty PART V: CORRECTIONAL CHALLENGES 15. Issues in Corrections 16. Questions Regarding the Future of Corrections

Author Biography

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Richard P. Seiter, Ph.D., CCA executive vice president and chief corrections officer, has been awarded the 2011 E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award by the American Correctional Association (ACA). This honor is awarded to only two people annually from the nation's oldest and highly regarded corrections organization, and represents the most distinguished recognition in the field. Dr. Lannette C. Linthicum, director, Health Services Division, of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was also honored. The award is named after Edward R. Cass, whose career in corrections spanned more than half a century and who devoted more than 40 years to the ACA in the role of general secretary and, later, as president emeritus. According to the ACA, awardees of the E.R. Cass honor display "utmost devotion and distinction to the work and interests of the American Correctional Association" and demonstrate "service above and beyond the call of duty." Seiter was recognized due to his years of accomplishments and contribution to the field of corrections in many different ways and with several different agencies. He was a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Saint Louis University from 2000 to 2005. During that time, he authored several articles and two textbooks on corrections, "Corrections: An Introduction" (2005/2008/2011) and "Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice" (2002/2011), both published by Pearson Prentice Hall. Dr. Seiter worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for over 20 years, serving as a warden of two facilities and as assistant director. With the BOP, he also was the chief operating officer of Federal Prison Industries. From 1983 to 1988, he also served as director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC). In Ohio, he was a cabinet member and supervised an agency with 25,000 inmates and 8,000 staff. Seiter was also the first director of the National Institute of Corrections' National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colo. And he joined CCA in his current role in January 2005, and has served in his current position since that time. In this role, he oversees the operation of 66 prisons holding 80,000 inmates with 17,000 staff. "Dr. Rick Seiter has made an immeasurable and long-lasting imprint on corrections as we know it today," said Damon Hininger, CCA president and CEO. "His research, instruction and guidance have shaped the delivery, function and philosophy of corrections in our society." "Rick Seiter is known as a leader and administrator who supports the people who work for him, at all levels," said Art Leonardo, executive director, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS). "His wardens are all enthusiastic supporters." "Generations of young students and scholars have learned from his unique blend of policy, practice and attention to scientific data," said Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. "Quite frankly, I know of no other correctional administrator who has been able to successfully traverse correctional administration with academia and policy reform. His correctional career has bridged public and private corrections, federal and state facilities, and university and practitioner education." Seiter will be formally honored by the ACA in August at the 141st Congress of Correction, which will be held in Kissimmee, Fla. About CCACCA is the nation's largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 company-owned facilities, with approximately 90,000 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. For more, visit and
Release date Australia
January 8th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
3rd Revised edition
Prentice Hall
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