Corrections looks at the correctional system and offers arguments for and against the practice of the laws and policies that comprise corrections, from parole and probation to imprisonment, to the application of the death penalty. The 20 included chapters, written by eminent scholars and experts in the fields of criminology, police science, law, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines, take on such contested topics as what the goals of the correctional system should be (deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, or something else?) and how they should be achieved; who should make these decisions; and how to balance the goals of the correctional system with the civil rights of the inmates. Prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners, as well as the changing definition of cruel and unusual punishment, are also examined.The SeriesEach volume consists of approximately 20 chapters offering succinct pro/con examinations, and Recommended Readings conclude each chapter, highlighting different approaches to or perspectives on the issue at hand. As a set, these volumes provide perfect reference support for students writing position papers in undergraduate courses spanning the Criminal Justice curriculum. Each title is approximately 350 pages in length.

Punishment versus Rehabilitation

Punishment versus Rehabilitation

Punishment versus rehabilitation

The criminal justice system is responsible for managing society'wrongdoers, under the notion that when someone commits a criminal act, they should receive a sanction that will punish or treat their behavior in a way that prevents future incidents, thus keeping society safe. A key player in this process is the sentencing judge. Though constrained by the structural features of plea bargaining, legislatively driven mandatory mini-mums (i.e., minimum periods of incarceration), and sentencing guidelines, the sentencing judge is responsible for determining the goals of sentencing. Generally, these goals are deterrence, incapacitation, retribution, and rehabilitation. Deterrence is designed to notify others of the consequences of criminal conduct and/or to respond to the behavior of specific individuals. Incapacitation is restriction of the liberties ...

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