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.

Experiencing the Criminal Justice System: Lessons for Later Criminological Understanding

Experiencing the Criminal Justice System: Lessons for Later Criminological Understanding

Experiencing the criminal justice system: Lessons for later criminological understanding
Robert F.Meier and Teresa F.Smith

Editor's Introduction: Professor Meier once worked as a probation officer and has more recently coordinated college student internships. Teresa Smith is a former intern and current practitioner. Their essay is a departure from the others as it deals with the criminal justice internship—a type of work that involves combining academics and practice. They argue that a gap needs to be closed between “vicarious learning”—from others' experiences (i.e., textbooks and lectures)—and “experiential learning”—firsthand through one's own experiences. Meier and Smith identify four benefits of internships: “it's real,” observing manipulation and impression management, realizing the importance of social distance, and career preview. Through direct ...

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