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Experiencing Corrections

Experiencing Corrections
From Practitioner to Professor

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April 2011 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Make working in the field of corrections more understandable with this unique, insightful collection of essays that connects scholarship and practice

Written by scholars who have practical experience in corrections, the readable essays in this one-of-a-kind collection draw on real-world experiences to illustrate theoretical and methodological concepts and demonstrate approaches to corrections practice. Spanning the three general types of correctional environments—incarceration, community corrections, and juvenile corrections—the essays discuss working in prisons or prison systems, juvenile residential and community corrections, and probation and parole.

1. Introduction: Connecting Academics and Practice in Corrections
John Fuller
2. Looking Back: Reflections of a Probation and Parole Officer
Staci Strobl
3. Presentence Officers as Beasts of Burden: Coping with Drug Mule Cases in an Age of Punitive Sentencing
Eric Wodahl
4. Experiencing the ISP Movement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jeffrey Ross
5. Patient Evaluations R Us: The Dynamics of Power Relations in a Forensic Psychiatric Facility from the Bottom Up
David Polizzi
6. Re-discovering Possibility: Humanistic Psychology and Offender Treatment
Kelly Cheeseman Dial
7. Administrative Work in Institutional Corrections
Gennifer Furst
8. The Experiences of an Outsider Spending Time Inside
Lucien Lombardo
9. Learning Corrections - Linking Experience and Research
Tiffiney Barfield-Cottledge
10. Corrections: Experiences in State Parole
Robert Duran
11. An Attempt to Change Disproportionate Minority Contact by Working in Youth Corrections
Lee Michael Johnson
12. Helping Residential Youth Pursue Their Interests: Good for Youth and the Youth Worker
Cassandra Reyes
13. Experiencing the Parallels Between Juvenile and Adult Community Corrections
Everette Penn
14. Working with Minority Juveniles in Residential Treatment
N. Prabha Unnithan
15. Working in Corrections and Teaching about the Field: A Short-Term Insider's Perspective
Robert Meier and Teresa Smith
16. Experiencing the Criminal Justice System: Lessons for Later Criminological Understanding
17. Conclusion: An Essay on the Essays

Was not appropriate for the course.

Dr Dena Hanley
Political Science Dept, University of Akron
September 26, 2013
Key features

Key Features

  • Community corrections, prisons, and juvenile corrections are covered from a variety of unique perspectives.
  • Essays draw on the authors' practical experiences to illustrate concepts and demonstrate how to connect academics and practice in the correctional field. 
  • Introductions to each essay, written by the editor, identify key points within the essay including challenges faced, type of scholarship applied, and overall lesson.
  • Discussion questions, ideal for group discussions, assignments, and exams or quizzes, are included for each chapter, while author-recommended readings help students further explore essay topics and provide possible sources for papers.

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