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Encyclopedia of community corrections.


Encyclopedia of community corrections.

Ed. by Shannon M. Barton-Bellessa.

Sage Publications

487 pages




Barton-Bellessa (criminology and criminal justice, Indiana State U.) provides a reference on topics related to community-based alternatives to incarceration in the US, for criminal justice students and instructors. About 200 alphabetically-arranged entries address the options available, mechanisms used for selection, their effectiveness, philosophical purposes and the underpinnings of punishment, theoretical approaches to reintegration and treatment, new developments in legislation, and historical evolution. They relate to types of classification and risk assessment, including the pre-sentence investigation report; diversion (drug courts, mental health populations, and reentry courts); restorative justice programs such as family conferences, teen courts, reintegrative shaming, community justice, and victim-offender mediation; and probation, including recognizance and suspended sentences. Also discussed are intermediate sanctions with and without a residential component, such as halfway houses, community residential treatment centers, shock incarceration, and boot camps, and restrictive and financial options such as fines, fees, forfeiture and restitution, community service, intensive supervision, electronic monitoring, home detention, day reporting centers, and testing; parole, revocation services, and parole boards; the viability of treatment, with discussion of Robert Martinson and his "nothing works" proposition and the role of treatment staff; and theory and treatment in the community. (A[c] Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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