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The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

by Joan Petersilia, Kevin R. ReitzJoan Petersilia


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It is no secret that America's sentencing and corrections systems are in crisis, and neither system can be understood or repaired fully without careful consideration of the other. This handbook examines the intertwined and multi-layered fields of American sentencing and corrections from global and historical viewpoints, from theoretical and policy perspectives, and with close attention to many problem-specific arenas. Editors Joan Petersilia and Kevin R. Reitz, both leaders in their respective fields, bring together a group of preeminent scholars to present state-of-the art research, investigate current practices, and explore the implications of new and varied approaches wherever possible. The handbook's contributors bridge the gap between research and policy across a range of topics including an overview of mass incarceration and its collateral effects, explorations of sentencing theories and their applications, analyses of the full spectrum of correctional options, and first-hand accounts of life inside of and outside of prison. Individual chapters reflect expertise and source materials from multiple fields including criminology, law, sociology, psychology, public policy, economics, political science, and history.

Proving that the problems of sentencing and corrections, writ large, cannot be addressed effectively or comprehensively within the confines of any one discipline, The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections is a vital reference volume on these two related and central components of America's ongoing experiment in mass incarceration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199730148
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 776
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Joan Petersilia is the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She is the author of When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry and coeditor, with James Q. Wilson, of Crime and Public Policy.

Kevin R. Reitz is James Annenberg La Vea Land Grant Chair in Criminal Procedure Law at University of Minnesota Law School. He currently serves as Reporter for the American Law Institute's project to revise the sentencing and corrections articles of the Model Penal Code. He is coauthor, with Henry Ruth, of The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Joan Petersilia and Kevin R. Reitz, Sentencing and Corrections: Overlapping and Inseparable Subjects

Part I: Sentencing & Corrections: History and Present Context
Chapter 1: Jonathan Simon, Mass Incarceration: From Social Policy to Social Problem
Chapter 2: Michael Tonry, Race, Ethnicity, and Punishment
Chapter 3: Alec Ewald and Christopher Uggen, The Collateral Effects of Imprisonment on Prisoners, Their Families, and Communities
Chapter 4: Julian V. Roberts, Crime Victims, Sentencing, and Release from Prison.

Part II: Sentencing
A. Sentencing Theories and Their Application
Chapter 5: Richard S. Frase, Theories of Proportionality and Desert
Chapter 6: James L. Nolan, Jr., Problem-Solving Courts: An International Comparison
Chapter 7: Cheryl Marie Webster and Anthony N. Doob, Searching for Sasquatch: Deterrence of Crime Through Sentence Severity
Chapter 8: Christopher Slobogin, Risk Assessment
Chapter 9: Lawrence W. Sherman and Heather Strang, Restorative Justice as Evidence-Based Sentencing
B. Sentencing Systems
Chapter 10: Ronald D. Wright, Charging and Plea Bargaining as Forms of Sentencing Discretion
Chapter 11: Kevin R. Reitz, The "Traditional" Indeterminate Sentencing Model
Chapter 12: Robert Weisberg, The Sentencing Commission Model, 1970s to Present
Chapter 13: Nancy J. King, Procedure at Sentencing

Part III: Corrections
A. The Correctional Context
Chapter 14: Karol Lucken and Thomas G. Blomberg, American Corrections: Reform Without Change
B. Community Corrections and Intermediate Punishments
Chapter 15: Faye S. Taxman, Probation, Intermediate Sanctions & Community-Based Corrections
C. Jails, Prisons and Other Secure Facilities
Chapter 16: Gary F. Cornelius, Jails, Pretrial Detention and Short-Term Confinement
Chapter 17: George M. Camp and Bert Useem, Prison Governance: Correctional Leadership in the Current Era
Chapter 18. Richard W. Harding, Regulating Prison Conditions: Some International Comparisons
D. What Works in Correctional Treatment?
Chapter 19: Steven Belenko, Kimberly A. Houser, and Wayne Welsh, Understanding the Impact of Drug Treatment in Correctional Settings
Chapter 20: Doris MacKenzie, The Effectiveness of Corrections-Based Work and Academic and Vocational Education Programs
E. Managing a Changing Offender Population
Chapter 21: Jennifer Skeem & Jillian Peterson, Identifying, Treating, and Reducing Risk for Offenders with Mental Illness
Chapter 22: Roxanne Lieb, Sex Offender Management and Treatment
Chapter 23: LaTosha Traylor and Beth Richie, Female Offenders and Women in Prison
Chapter 24: Craig Haney, The Psychological Impacts of Prison Confinement
Chapter 25: Michael Santos, Living Life Behind Bars in America
F. Prison Release and Reentry Challenges
Chapter 26: Edward Rhine, The Present Status and Future Prospects of Parole Boards and Parole Supervision
Chapter 27: Tom Le Bel and Shadd Maruna, Life on the Outside: Transitioning From Prison to the Community
Chapter 28: Christy Visher and Jeremy Travis, The Characteristics of Prisoners Returning Home and Effective Reentry Programs and Policies
G. The Death Penalty
Chapter 29: Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker, Broken and Beyond Repair: The American Death Penalty and the Insuperable Obstacles to Reform
Chapter 30: Franklin E. Zimring and David Johnson, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs: Four Destructive Influences of Capital Punishment on American Criminal Justice

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