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Corrections: Dilemmas and Directions.

This book, which contains 10 articles on contemporary correctional issues, seems targeted mostly at those in academia. While the subjects are current and the articles well-researched and clearly written, one would have to have an interest in research methodology and an appreciation for academic writing style to maintain an interest in the entire book.

Marilyn Chandler Ford and Francis Moore present a good discussion of the problems facing jail administrators due to an eroding financial base. Their key points are that successful jail administrators must adopt a systemwide approach to the problems facing local corrections and be able to base decisions on hard data.

Alida Merlo looks at the issues administrators face when considering the feasibility of private sector involvement in corrections. The author's review of recently published studies of private corrections succinctly summarizes current thought.

Bernard McCarthy reviews the potential for community residential programs within the array of intermediate sanctions that have been resurrected or designed in the past decade. He argues that research on this promising and cost-effective technique of handling offenders is sparse and must be incorporated so that effective programs can quickly be replicated and ineffective programs eliminated.

J. Michael Olivero's contribution suggests that AIDS-infected inmates face bleak futures because of bias and medical neglect. In the chapter on gangs, Robert Fong, Ronald Vogel and Salvador Buentello focus on the Texas Department of Corrections and examine the special problems gangs present to administrators. With the dramatic rise in the female inmate population, Joycelyn Pollack-Byrne argues for community placement rather than construction of costly new prisons.

Other chapters highlight studies on shock incarceration in New York state, probation problems, Pennsylvania correctional officers and technological developments affecting community supervision.

Readers wishing to stay current on a number of relevant correctional topics will benefit from this anthology.

Reviewed by Richard J. Liles, management consultant for the state of Michigan and adjunct professor, Western Michigan University School of Public Affairs and Administration.
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Author:Liles, Richard J.
Publication:Corrections Today
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Date:Jun 1, 1993
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