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The Essentials

Fourth Edition

January 2021 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written by former practitioners who are experts in the field, Corrections: The Essentials, Fourth Edition, addresses the most important topics in corrections in a brief, yet comprehensive format. Authors Mary K. Stohr and Anthony Walsh introduce students to the history and development of correctional institutions, while offering a unique perspective on ethics and special populations. The Fourth Edition provides insights into the future of corrections as well as updated coverage of the most important issues impacting the field today.

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Key features


  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • This edition has been streamlined by combining the historical content into one chapter as well as combining the legal issues and death penalty content into one chapter.
  • Updated coverage of ethical considerations, special populations, and the effect of immigration policies provides students with the context for understanding policy decisions and their consequences, both past and present.
  • More coverage of disparities in sentencing and drug courts encourages students to think critically about U.S. drug policies and their effectiveness.
  • All chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect the most current data, facts, figures, and research available, helping students understand the world of corrections today.
  • Perspective from a Practitioner boxes, written by professionals in corrections, give a glimpse into the daily lives of those working in the correctional system.
  • Ethical Issues boxes ask students "What Would You Do?" to encourage critical thinking around ethical issues in corrections.
  • Test Your Knowledge self-quizzes open each chapter so students can quickly determine what they know and don't know about the chapter content before they begin reading.
  • Foundational coverage of the history of corrections and of special populations offers students a unique perspective.
  • Comparative Perspective boxes provide a view of correctional systems in different parts of the world, while also providing insight into how alternative practices might work.  
  • In Focus boxes detail areas of special interest related to the chapter's content
  • Its brevity offers great flexibility in teaching.

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