The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Joan Petersilia, Kevin R. Reitz

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It is no secret that America's sentencing and corrections systems are in crisis, and neither system can be understood or repaired fully without careful consideration of the other. This book examines the intertwined and multi-layered fields of American sentencing and corrections from global and historical viewpoints, from theoretical and policy perspectives, and with close attention to many problem-specific arenas. The book brings together a group of preeminent scholars to present state-of-the art research, investigate current practices, and explore the implications of new and varied approaches wherever possible. The volume's contributions bridge the gap between research and policy across a range of topics including an overview of mass incarceration and its collateral effects, explorations of sentencing theories and their applications, analyses of the full spectrum of correctional options, and first-hand accounts of life inside of and outside of prison. Individual articles reflect expertise and source materials from multiple fields including criminology, law, sociology, psychology, public policy, economics, political science, and history. Proving that the problems of sentencing and corrections cannot be addressed effectively or comprehensively within the confines of any one discipline, this volume relates the two central components of America's on-going experiment in mass incarceration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages776
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968756
ISBN (Print)9780199730148
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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  • Applications
  • Collateral effects
  • Correctional options
  • Mass incarceration
  • Sentencing theories


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