Summary: AMERICAN CORRECTIONS is intended for the Introduction to Corrections course, typically a sophomore and junior level course offered by the Criminal Justice or Sociology departments at two- and four-year schools. This course comprises the second-to-third largest market in criminal justice. When offered by a Criminal Justice department, this course is one of the first courses criminal justice majors take after the Introduction to Criminal Justice course. When offered at ...show more four-year schools without formal Criminal Justice programs, the Sociology department typically offers the Introduction to Corrections course with smaller enrollments per class. Some two-year schools offer a degree in corrections rather than criminal justice. At such schools, the Introduction to Corrections course plays a pivotal role in the training programs.
Todd R. Clear, one of the country's leading experts in the study of corrections, and George F. Cole, considered by many as the "founding father" of modern criminal justice study, have combined talents once again for the new Sixth Edition of their market-leading AMERICAN CORRECTIONS. A great author team, Clear's expertise in corrections complements Cole's organizational view of the system. Together, they present a well-rounded, balanced approach to corrections. Clear and Cole takes a sociological and humanistic approach to corrections. It treats institutional and alternative sanctions in a balanced fashion and offers a look at the system from the perspective of both the corrections worker and the offender. It also presents the concept of corrections as a "system" of interconnected organizations and carries this theme throughout the book. While this approach appeals to both sociologists and criminal justice types alike, it is particularly appealing to a growing portion of the market: the professors with sociological backgrounds who are now teaching the introduction to corrections course. From a more practical standpoint, many find this text appealing because it provides comprehensive, thorough coverage without being overwhelming. At 22 chapters and 560 pages, it is very compatible with standard, semester-long courses. Such effective compatibility continues in the Sixth Edition with a new visually engaging four-color interior design.