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Community Corrections.

In addition to serving as a textbook for beginning criminal justice students, Community Corrections provides a solid understanding of the subject to anyone unfamiliar with the community corrections concept.

The book includes several special features that make it an ideal textbook: Each chapter begins with a short statement of purpose and a list of learning objectives and ends with a general summary, citations of court cases, a list of key terms and some discussion questions. Those interested in exploring a topic in greater depth will find the references provided quite useful.

The authors have organized the subject matter into four sections - an overview of community corrections systems, adult programs, juvenile programs and "the people and the process." Section one presents the philosophy and design of community corrections, reviews issues surrounding court decisions on sentencing options and examines the different organizational structures of community corrections programs around the country.

Section two covers probation, electronic monitoring, house arrest, intensive supervision, community service and economic sanctions and discusses the various processes involved in returning inmates to the community.

Section three discusses the concept of parens patriae and explores the advantages and disadvantages of traditional formal processing of juveniles and the use of alternative community programming. It also examines changing perspectives on status offenders and looks at several experimental programs for juvenile offenders.

The final section deals with legal issues in community corrections, the various roles of the community supervision professional and areas of potential liability. It also examines the controversial issue of probation and parole officers carrying weapons and covers management of special needs offenders and the often overlooked area of program evaluation.

One small criticism: The organization of the chapters within the four sections differs somewhat from the description in the preface. Overall, though, this does not detract significantly from the valuable contribution the book makes toward increasing students' understanding of the community corrections system.
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Author:Brown, Melvin, Jr.
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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