Effective treatment and preparation for successful reintegration can be better achieved if the needs and risks of incarcerated offenders are taken into consideration by correctional practitioners and scholars. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions offers a unique opportunity to examine the different populations behind bars (e.g. chronically and mentally ill, homosexual, illegal immigrants, veterans, radicalized inmates, etc.), as well as their needs and the corresponding impediments for rehabilitation and reintegration. Author Lior Gideon takes a rehabilitative and reiterative approach to discuss and differentiate between the needs of these various categories of inmates, and provides in depth discussions-not available in other correctional texts-about the specific needs, risks and policy recommendations when working with present-day special needs offenders. Each chapter is followed by suggested readings and relevant websites that will enable readers to further enhance understanding of the issues and potential solutions discussed in the chapter. Further, each chapter has discussion questions specifically designed to promote class discussions. The text concludes with a theoretical framework for future policy implications and practices.

Redemption from the Inside-Out: The Power of Faith-Based Programming

Redemption from the inside-out: The power of faith-based programming
Barbara H.Zaitzow and Richard S.Jones


In the United States, where more than 1.6 million people are imprisoned in state and federal prisons and more than 400,000 work at them, prisons are big business (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009). As an abstract term, prison is quite simple: it's a place where a person's freedom, movements, and access to basically everything is restricted, usually as punishment for committing a crime. But for anyone who has ever done hard time, a prison is so much more: it's a place where dignity, privacy, and control are given up to guards and prison administrators, where isolation and boredom can drive someone insane, and where ...

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