A New Paradigm for Supervising Offenders in the Community
- Lacey Schaefer - Griffith University, Australia
- Francis T. Cullen - University of Cincinnati, USA
- John E. Eck - University of Cincinnati, USA
A new paradigm for supervising offenders in the community
Environmental Corrections is an innovative guide filled with rich insights and strategies for probation and parole officers to effectively integrate offenders back into the community and reduce recidivism. Authors Lacey Schaefer, Francis T. Cullen, and John E. Eck move beyond traditional models for interventions and build directly on the applied focus of environmental criminology theories. Using this approach, the authors answer the question of what officers can do to decrease opportunities for an offender to commit a crime. Readers will learn how to recognize and assess specific criminal opportunities in an offender’s past and gain the tools and strategies they need to design an individualized supervision plan that channels offenders away from these criminogenic situations.
“For more than a half century, scholars have contested whether offender supervision should emphasize treatment or control. Drawing on the insights of environmental criminology, Schaefer and colleagues move beyond this increasingly stale debate by proposing a truly innovative approach to community corrections: using supervision to limit offenders vulnerability to criminal opportunities. Scholarly yet accessible, this volume promises to be a contemporary classic in the field of corrections.”
“This book breaks important new ground by integrating environmental criminology and
place-based ideas into community supervision of offenders. The idea of "environmental corrections" is not just new and intriguing; it presents a new approach to doing something about an important part of the crime problem.”
“A text like Environmental Corrections is a hot cake in the field of criminal justice, especially in the branch of Corrections. It addresses the whole components of correctional system in a systematic method. It uses a comprehensive approach to explain to readers the environment in which the modern day correction systems operate. By breaking down the theory of correction in Chapter one, the author makes it easier for readers to appreciate the discussions in the Environmental Correction. I believe the use of this book in my correction class would add more flavor in explaining the process of corrections in America.”
“This book has the potential to be for community corrections what Goldstein’s Problem Oriented Policing was and still is for policing.”
“This may well be the most important book on community corrections in decades. It takes a mountain of research evidence from a staggering variety of sources and consolidates it into a roadmap for the future. The ugly truth is that American corrections is broken. Environmental Corrections may well be the approach necessary to repair a critical part of it. The authors have brutally assaulted the mantra that "nothing works" by showing otherwise”.
“It’s an important book – well-written and well-argued. Even though it may ask a lot from probation and parole officers, it certainly provides a standard to aspire to.”
“Strengths: Thoroughness, Inclusion of forms and excellent figures, Practical discussions”
“I would be very likely to seriously consider this as a supplementary text to my Community Corrections class. I also think it would be a good addition to my Police and Community course”