Features and Benefits

Offer an easy-to-use, easy-to-teach, comprehensive overview of the field of corrections

  • Provide a balanced introduction. Corrections in America offers a balance between current and past research, theory and practice, and practical and predictive examples and issues. Its broad coverage gives readers a better understanding of the field without weighing down the text with superfluous topics.

  • Help students build knowledge gradually. The text’s systematic approach explores each element of corrections as an integrated and interrelated series of subsystems of persons, programs, and processes. Each chapter builds logically on previous material, helping students form connections with content they’ve already mastered.

  • Promote understanding through extensive use of practical examples. Numerous boxed features provide in-depth analysis and real-life examples without distracting from the text. Students will be engaged with interesting content, while instructors can use the boxed features as the basis for assignments or in-class discussions.

    • NEW: Almost 40 new Policy Position, Correctional Practice, and Correctional Profile features provide in-depth coverage of selected topics that will help students focus on the real-world issues related to working in the field.

  • Expand discussion of correctional facilities that are unique to juveniles. A new chapter on juvenile facilities provides a contrast to the adult system, and expands the coverage of topics such as group homes, residential facilities and juvenile training schools.   

  • Teach using your academic viewpoint. Instructors aren’t limited to a certain course structure or philosophy; the unbiased presentation and wide range of topics makes the text adaptable to instructors’ preferred teaching styles and points of view.

  • Help students study, review, and retain information. In-text student-friendly learning aids provide summaries, review questions, terms to remember, extensive endnotes for further reference, recommended readings, and more. Students will be able to make the most of their study time and better gauge their mastery of topics.

    • Objective Summaries help students hone in on critical concepts and important facts.

    • Chapter Objectives act as an effective road map of each chapter and help students track their learning.

  • Help students understand definitions and jargon. The Glossary and definition of terms is improved to make studying for exams more efficient, and help students keep track of important information.

  • Facilitate teaching and learning. Easy-to-use and easy-to-teach, the book provides extensive supplements and additional learning and teaching resources for both instructors and students.

Focus on critical data, issues, events, and trends

To enhance student understanding and learning about this dynamic field, the Fourteenth Edition identifies the major change factors and the effects they are having on the field.

  • NEW: New chapter 8: Security Threat Groups and Prison Gangs

  • NEW: New chapter 20: Facilities for Juveniles

  • UPDATED: Approximately 25 percent of the research citations are new.

  • NEW/UPDATED: Updated photos, figures, charts and tables present materials in a very easily understandable format. Approximately 80 percent of the charts, graphs, and figures are new or updated, and many are projected to 2015.

  • UPDATED: More detailed biographical data are provided on major actors in the field of corrections.

  • NEW/EXPANDED: Coverage is included on such issues as prison recidivism rates, effects of court decisions on correctional practices, new techniques to improve community supervision, a leveling off of prison populations, strategies and innovative solutions for decreasing prison overpopulation, what works in corrections, and institutional threat groups.

  • NEW: An extensive examination of the California Realignment effort, which will have major impacts on the field in the coming decades, is included.

  • NEW: Correctional careers are identified and described in a new appendix.

Also available with MyCJLab®

This title is also available with MyCJLab— an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. This powerful homework and test manager lets you create, import, and manage online homework assignments, quizzes, and tests that are automatically graded. You can choose from a wide range of assignment options, including time limits, proctoring, and maximum number of attempts allowed. The bottom line: MyLab® means less time grading and more time teaching.

  • Assess and test using pre-loaded content. Assess what your students know before they come to class with Class Prep assignments. Students get specific, automatic feedback to help improve their performance, while instructors get an accurate view of their students' comprehension of the chapter. Pre-built with automatic feedback and grade tracking, Quiz Prep assignments test students’ knowledge of the text and classroom experience. Now you can cover each of the objectives featured in your textbook using the Pre-Built Chapter Quizzes. Composed of multiple-choice questions, instructors can choose to either customize each quiz or assign as is, and simply pick the due date.

  • Help students gain a deeper understanding of concepts. Assignable End-of-Chapter essay-style questions can measure students’ understanding of the chapter material and hone their writing skills. The Critical-Thinking exercises allow students to gain a deeper level of understanding as they compare and contrast, reference newspapers, conduct interviews, and read articles and websites.

  • Assign discussion questions on the most recent current events videos, articles, and educational media. Designed for quick and easy access in and out of the classroom, our media search tool, CJ Search, organizes current CJ-related videos, news articles and other media from the Internet. Each of these media resources includes Critical-thinking questions, allowing you to assign current videos to your students for assessment.

  • Investigate controversial issues in CJ. In the Point/CounterPoint Video assignments, two individuals present opposing cases for, or against, twenty-one issues such as marijuana legalization, violent video games, death penalty, three strikes laws, etc. For each issue, a Writing Space research assignment prompt and grading rubric asks the student to take, and defend, a position on the issue. To assist student research, each assignment includes the pro/con scripts and a list of references. The videos can also be accessed from the Multimedia Library for in-class use.

  • Explore key concepts and issues. In the Myths & Issues Videos, CJ professors around the nation discuss concepts presented in the text, and provide insight regarding real-world application. The short-essay writing prompt and grading rubric make these easily assignable within the MyLab. The videos can also be accessed from the Multimedia Library for in-class use.

  • NEW: Foster better writing, all in one place. To help you develop and assess concept mastery and critical thinking through writing, we created the Writing Space. It’s a single place to assign, track, and grade writing assignments, provide writing resources, and exchange meaningful, personalized feedback with students, quickly and easily. And thanks to integration with Turnitin®, Writing Space can check students’ work for improper citation or plagiarism. Two writing assignments per chapter are available, as well as writing assignments for Point/CounterPoint and Myths & Issues videos. Instructors also have the ability to create their own writing assignments, as well as edit and create their own grading rubrics.

  • Review and assign multimedia assets for your textbook. To help you build assignments, or add an extra engaging element to your lectures, each MyCJLab course comes with a Multimedia Library. Resources include videos such as Myths & Issues, flashcards, simulations, chapter PowerPoints, and summaries.

  • NEW: Keep students on track. View, analyze, and report learning outcomes clearly and easily, and get the information you need to keep your students on track throughout the course, with the new Reporting Dashboard. Available via the Gradebook and fully mobile-ready, the Reporting Dashboard presents student performance data at the class, section, and program levels in an accessible, visual manner.  

 

Overview

Offer an easy-to-use, easy-to-teach, comprehensive overview of the field of corrections

  • Promote understanding through extensive use of practical examples. Almost 40 new Policy Position, Correctional Practice, and Correctional Profile features provide in-depth coverage of selected topics that will help students focus on the real-world issues related to working in the field.

Focus on critical data, issues, events, and trends

To enhance student understanding and learning about this dynamic field, the Fourteenth Edition identifies the major change factors and the effects they are having on the field.

  • New chapter 8: Security Threat Groups and Prison Gangs

  • New chapter 20: Facilities for Juveniles

  • Approximately 25 percent of the research citations are new.

  • Updated photos, figures, charts and tables present materials in a very easily understandable format. Approximately 80 percent of the charts, graphs, and figures are new or updated, and many are projected to 2015.

  • More detailed biographical data are provided on major actors in the field of corrections.

  • Coverage is included on such issues as prison recidivism rates, effects of court decisions on correctional practices, new techniques to improve community supervision, a leveling off of prison populations, strategies and innovative solutions for decreasing prison overpopulation, what works in corrections, and institutional threat groups.

  • An extensive examination of the California Realignment effort, which will have major impacts on the field in the coming decades, is included.

  • Correctional careers are identified and described in a new appendix.