Written by scholars who have practical experience in corrections, the readable essays in this one-of-a-kind collection draw on real-world experiences to illustrate theoretical and methodological concepts and demonstrate approaches to corrections practice. Spanning the three general types of correctional environments—incarceration, community corrections, and juvenile corrections—the essays discuss working in prisons or prison systems, juvenile residential and community corrections, and probation and parole.

An Attempt to Change Disproportionate Minority Contact by Working in Youth Corrections

An Attempt to Change Disproportionate Minority Contact by Working in Youth Corrections

An attempt to change disproportionate minority contact by working in youth corrections
Robert J.Durán

Editor's Introduction: Professor Durán was a youth worker at a private residential treatment facility and a youth security officer at a state juvenile correctional facility. Like most correctional environments, both places held a disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities. Durán approached youth work with a sense of social justice. Employing a sociological imagination, he places his experiences in the context of societal-level inequality, including his descriptive analysis of instances of staff discrimination against minority youth that he witnessed. As he found out, working toward social change from within a social system like corrections is very difficult. Durán points out, ...

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