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Positive Approaches to Corrections: Research, Policy, and Practice

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R J Lauen
Date Published
272 pages
This book discusses the need for a unified approach to criminal justice issues that involves elected officials, academicians, and correctional practitioners.
The first eight chapters in the book are directed toward policymakers: (1) A Statement of the Correctional Problem; (2) The Political Context of Corrections; (3) The Role of the Media in the Presentation of Crime; (4) Crime Rates, Theories and Descriptions; (5) Drugs, Alcohol and Prison Use; (6) Race and Prison Use; (7) Collaboration Among Practitioners, Policymakers and the Research/Academic Community; and (8) Developing a New Agenda for Corrections. The last five chapters are intended for practitioners: (9) Risk Assessment: Making Critical Decisions; (10) Identifying and Meeting the Treatment Needs of Offenders; (11) Tailoring Treatment and Supervision to the Unique Characteristics of Each Offender; (12) Continuous Client, Staff and Program Evaluation; and (13) Doing Community Corrections Right. Tables, figure, references, indexes