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.

Looking Back: Reflections of a Probation and Parole Officer

Looking Back: Reflections of a Probation and Parole Officer

Looking back: Reflections of a probation and parole officer
John RandolphFuller

Editor's Introduction: Professor Fuller held the combined position of probation and parole officer. He offers a frank and honest account of the pressures of his job and the problems that occurred while trying to help his clients. Fuller describes how he drew from established theories of crime causation and counseling in his work and argues that corrections work should have a theoretical basis. However, he also shows that applying social science to achieve desirable results is difficult and warns that disappointment contributes to job stress, not to discourage people from working in corrections, but to prepare them to deal with its challenges and become more successful. The ...

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