Key Issues in Corrections is an engaging textbook critically analyzing the most important challenges affecting the correctional system in the USA.
Written by a highly respected expert in the field, and building on his best-selling book Special problems in corrections, it examines long-standing and emerging issues, grounding the discussion in empirical research and current events.
Updates to this edition include:
- Integrating new scholarship, lawsuits, and the use of technology
- The introduction and evaluation of new policies and practices
- New sections on “The Privatization of Prisons” and “The Death Penalty”
Primarily written for undergraduate students who have already had an introduction to the topic, the book offers a no-nonsense approach to explaining the problems of correctional officers, correctional managers, prisoners, and the public.
Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs, and a Research Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore.
He has researched, written, and lectured on corrections, policing, political crime, violence, abnormal-extreme criminal behavior, and crime and justice in American Indian communities for over two decades. His work has appeared in many academic journals and books, as well as popular media and he is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of several books.
Ross is a respected subject expert for local, regional, national and international news media. He has made live appearances on CNN, CNBC, and Fox News Network.
Part 1: Laying the groundwork;
What Is Corrections and What Are Its Problems?;
Part 2: Problems for convicts and correctional facilities;
Misuse of Jails;
Special Populations behind bars;
Rehabilitation of Prisoners;
Overburdened Community Corrections System;
Part 3: Problems for correctional officers and administrators;
Hiring Standards, Requirements, Practices, and Training;
Correctional Officer Deviance;
Officer Pay and Workload;
Management and Administration;
The Privatization of Corrections;
The Future of Corrections.
“The updated and thoroughly revised book does an excellent job of analyzing the contemporary challenges in the field of corrections and suggesting meaningful and realistic solutions to them. Moreover, unlike standard textbooks, Key Issues in Corrections, because of the way it is researched, written, and organized is easy to build a course around. The problems and solutions approach will facilitate classroom discussion, and provide the opportunity to integrate supplementary articles that would allow for further reading.” Rick Jones, Criminologist, Marquette University, co-author of Doing Time: Prison Experience and Identity Among First-Time Inmates
"This is one corrections textbook where the author takes the reader inside the fence and behind the wall and does not candy coat the truth. Ross writes with eyes wide open."
Stephen C. Richards, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh