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Correctional Contexts

Contemporary and Classical Readings

Fourth Edition

Edward J. Latessa and Alexander M. Holsinger

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780199751464

432 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $76.95

The best-selling reader in corrections


A comprehensive and critical review of corrections, Correctional Contexts: Contemporary and Classical Readings, Fourth Edition, traces the history and development of corrections and punishment as it has evolved in the U.S. over the past few centuries. Editors Edward J. Latessa and Alexander M. Holsinger present both classical and contemporary articles that cover the history of corrections in the U.S.; discuss how various facets of the system operate today; and consider where we as a country may be headed regarding the confinement, control, and treatment of our correctional populations.

Now in its fourth edition, this acclaimed volume contains eleven new articles that discuss some of the most pressing issues facing corrections today. Topics include job stress and burnout among correctional officers; the impact of sex offender laws and registries; the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the psychopathic offender; the availability of educational and vocational programs within prisons; recidivism; America's ever-increasing prison population; and the social consequences of the War on Drugs.

The new edition also features:

* Entire sections highlighting rehabilitative treatment efforts within and outside of institutions, the increasingly critical role of reentry, and sources for future major influences in corrective efforts
* A new section focusing solely on working within the prison environment
* Helpful introductions at the beginning of each section and each article
* Insightful discussion questions following each piece

About the Author(s)

Edward J. Latessa is a Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Alexander M. Holsinger is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2005
July 2000


"Correctional Contexts unites some of the most important classic and contemporary works in corrections. Assigning this book as a stand-alone anthology or as a supplement to a corrections text brings the usually dry textbook material to life for students. It also fosters in students a deeper appreciation for the many issues facing our correctional system today. Perhaps as importantly, the book provides an historical context that allows students to come to terms with the reality that many of the issues and debates in corrections have a long and storied heritage."--Natasha A. Frost, Northeastern University

"This book is a well-organized collection of contemporary and classical readings that provides students with a broad understanding of issues surrounding correctional institutions in the United States. I like the wide range of topics that it covers and feel it is more comprehensive than many of the other texts I have considered. I also like the ability to expose students to original works in a manner that is appealing to them."--Deborah Koetzle Shaffer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Table of Contents

    * New to this edition

    Each Part opens with an Introduction.

    About the Contributors
    About the Editors


    1. The Spectacle of Suffering, Pieter C. Spierenburg

    2. The Discovery of the Asylum, David J. Rothman

    3. A Look at Prison History, Thorsten Sellin

    4. Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control, Nicole Hahn Rafter

    5. Sentencing in the United States, Lawrence F. Travis, III

    6. Assessing the Penal Harm Movement, Francis T. Cullen


    7. The Prison Community, Donald Clemmer

    8. Supermax Prisons: Panacea or Desperation?, Rodney J. Henningsen, W. Wesley Johnson, and Terry Wells

    9. Relationships between Inmates and Guards, Victor Hassine


    10. A Block, Ted Conover

    * 11. Prison Guard Predators: An Analysis of Inmates who Established Inappropriate Relationships with Prison Staff, 1995-1998, Robert Worley, James W. Marquart, and Janet L. Mullings

    * 12. Job Stress and Burnout Among Correctional Officers: A Literature Review, Wilmar B. Schaufeli and Maria C. W. Peeters


    13. The Past and Future of U.S. Prison Policy, Craig Haney and Philip Zimbardo

    14. The Supreme Court and Prisoner's Rights, Jack E. Call

    * 15. Sex Offender Laws: Can Treatment, Punishment, Incapacitation, and Public Safety be Reconciled?, Mary Ann Farkas and Amy Stichman

    * 16. The Experiences and Attitudes of Registered Female Sex Offenders, Richard Tewkesbury


    17. What Works? Questions and Answers about Prison Reform, Robert Martinson

    18. The Principles of Effective Correctional Programs, Don A. Andrews

    19. Recidivism of Sex Offenders, Center for Sex Offender Management; authored by Tim Bynum

    20. Identifying and Treating the Mentally Disordered Prison Inmate, Eliot Hartstone, Henry J. Steadman, Pamela Clark Robbins, and John Monahan

    * 21. Psychopathy: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Gary Zajac

    * 22. Equal or Equitable: An Exploration of Educational and Vocational Program Availability for Male and Female Offenders, Karen F. Lahm

    23. Beyond Correctional Quackery, Edward Latessa, Francis Cullen, and Paul Gendreau


    * 24. How to Prevent Prisoner Reentry Programs from Failing: Insights from Evidence Based Corrections, Shelley Johnson Listwan, Francis T. Cullen, and Edward J. Latessa

    25. Halfway Houses, Edward J. Latessa, Lawrence F. Travis, III, and Christopher Lowenkamp

    26. Welcome Home? Examining the "Reentry Court" Concept from a Strength-Based Perspective, Shadd Maruna and Thomas P. LeBel

    * 27. Parole Violations and Revocations in California: Analysis and Suggestions for Action, Ryken Grattet, Joan Petersilia, Jeffrey Lin, and Marlene Beckman

    * 28. Putting Public Safety First: Thirteen Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry, Pew Center on the States


    * 29. One in 100: Behind Bars in America, Pew Center on the States

    * 30. Social Consequences of the War on Drugs: The Legacy of Failed Policy, Eric L. Jensen, Jerg Gerber, and Clayton Mosher

    31. "This Man Has Expired": Witness to an Execution, Robert Johnson

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