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Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions

Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions

Edited by:
  • Lior Gideon - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

Special needs corrections

September 2012 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Effective treatment and preparation for successful reintegration can be better achieved if the needs and risks of incarcerated offenders are taken into consideration by correctional practitioners and scholars. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions offers a unique opportunity to examine the different populations behind bars (e.g. chronically and mentally ill, homosexual, illegal immigrants, veterans, radicalized inmates, etc.), as well as their needs and the corresponding impediments for rehabilitation and reintegration. Author Lior Gideon takes a rehabilitative and reiterative approach to discuss and differentiate between the needs of these various categories of inmates, and provides in depth discussions-not available in other correctional texts-about the specific needs, risks and policy recommendations when working with present-day special needs offenders. Each chapter is followed by suggested readings and relevant websites that will enable readers to further enhance understanding of the issues and potential solutions discussed in the chapter. Further, each chapter has discussion questions specifically designed to promote class discussions. The text concludes with a theoretical framework for future policy implications and practices.

Lior Gideon
1. Introduction - Special Needs Offenders
Traqina Quarles Emeka and Nelseta Waters
2. Juveniles Behind Bars
Lisa Pasko and Meda Chesney-Lind
3. Incarcerated Female: A Growing Population
Zelma W. Henriques & Bridget P. Gladwin
4. Pregnancy and Motherhood Behind Bars
Elizabeth C. Dretsch
5. Chronically Ill Inmates
Lorie A.L. Nicholas and Gerard Bryant
6. Mentally Ill Inmates - Jails and Prisons as the New Asylum
Ronald H. Aday and Jennifer J. Krabill
7. Older and Geriatric Offenders: Critical Issues for the 21st Century
Christoper Hensley, Helen Eigenberg and Lauren Gibson
8. Gay and Lesbian Inmates - Sexuality and Sexual Correction Behind Bars
Holly A. Miller
9. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions - Inmates Under Protective Custody
Christian Maile, Cynthia Calkins Mercado, and Elizabeth Jeglic
10. Sex Offenders Behind Bars: Considerations for Assessment and Treatment
Barbara H. Zaitzow and Richard S. Jones
11. Redemption From the Inside-Out: The Power of Faith-Based Programming
Joel Rosenthal and Jim McGuire
12. Incarcerated Veterans
Mark D. Cunningham
13. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions: Death-Sentenced Inmates
Harald E. Weiss and Lauren M. Vasquez
14. Immigrants Under Correctional Supervision: Examining the Needs of Immigrant Populations in a Criminal Justice Setting
Aaron Rappaport, Tinka Veldhuis, and Amos Guiora
15. Homeland Security and the Inmate Population: The Risk and Reality of Islamic Radicalization in Prison
Hung-En Sung, Linda Richter, Roger Vaughan, and Susan E. Foster
16. Substance Use and Addiction and American Prison and Jail Inmates
Lior Gideon
17. Conclusion: Assess, Progress, Success

"The breadth of coverage over the various types of special needs offenders sets this text apart from other books on this subject."

Shannon Hankhouse
Tarleton State University - Stephenville

Useful for Social Care students studying 'Working with Offenders' module. The reference to additional resources will also benefit them greatly.

Mrs Karen James
Care, Coleg Sir Gar
December 5, 2012
Key features


  • For the first time in correctional literature, this text covers the breadth of special needs populations, providing insights into populations that were never before discussed, including veterans, illegal immigrants, radicalized inmates, and more.
  • Thorough discussions on policy implications introduce readers to critically evaluating current correctional practices and ways to improve them
  • The wealth of actual examples, up-to-date data, and insights are a result of a unique amalgam of contributors that are both practitioners and academic scholars.
  • Scenarios and voices from the field are available through the different chapters to help readers better understand the issues discussed.
  • Recommended readings and suggested websites accompany the various chapters, helping readers to further their knowledge on specific topics.

Sample Materials & Chapters


ch 7

ch 15

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