Corrections: The Fundamentals by Burk FosterCorrections: The Fundamentals by Burk Foster

Corrections: The Fundamentals

byBurk Foster

Paperback | March 1, 2005

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Corrections: The Fundamentals provides a concise, compelling narrative perspective on American corrections practices and policies. Based on the author’s more than 25 years of research and work inside jails and prisons, Corrections: The Fundamentals describes in detail the people and systems that make up the twenty-first century corrections system. Plenty of practical, real life examples throughout helps readers understand the theories and ideas presented in a real world context. Topics are organized into four main parts: History, Systems, Prisoners, and Alternatives. A chapter on comparative corrections compares and contrasts the corrections system in the United States to corrections systems in other countries. Topical commentaries from recognized corrections authorities are featured throughout–including Sister Helen Prejean, James Q. Wilson, Marc Mauer and Wilbert Rideau. For anyone in criminal justice or law enforcement careers.

Title:Corrections: The FundamentalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.9 × 8 × 1.4 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:013114328X

ISBN - 13:9780131143289

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Table of Contents


1. Early Punishments.

2. The Penitentiary and the 1800s.

3. Twentieth-Century Corrections Systems.

4. Ideologies and Sentencing.


5. Jails.

6. State and Federal Prisons.

7. Management and Custody.

8. Corrections Policies and Issues.

Part III: Prisoners.

9. Male and Female Prisoners.

10. Prison Life.

11. Special Needs Prisoners.

12. Prisoners’ Rights.

Part IV: Alternatives.

13. Rehabilitation.

14. Parole and Release from Prison.

15. Probation and Community Corrections.

16. Contrasting Philosophies: American and International Corrections Today.