Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending

Hardcover | September 16, 2011

EditorJoel A. Dvoskin, Jennifer L. Skeem, Raymond W. Novaco

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Over the past three decades, the American criminal justice system has become unapologetically punitive. High rates of incarceration and frequent use of long-term segregation have become commonplace, with little concern for evidence that such practices make the public safer - and as the editorsof this groundbreaking volume assert, they do not. Bringing together experts in the fields of social science, forensic psychology and criminal justice, Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending addresses what truly works in reducing violent offending. Promoting an approach to correctional policy grounded in an evidence-based and nuancedunderstanding of human behavior, leading authorities from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain offer specific and practical strategies for improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Beginning by covering the history and scope of violent crime and incarceration in the U.S., thispioneering volume offers clear and practical recommendations for implementing approaches focused on behavioral change of even the most particular offender groups, such as juvenile offenders, sexual offenders, and offenders with mental illnesses. The authors argue for a more scientifically informedjustice system, one where offenders - through correctional approaches such as community-based treatments and cognitive behavioral interventions - can be expected to learn the skills they will need to succeed in avoiding crime upon release. Authors also highlight methods for overcoming system inertiain order to implement these recommendations. Drawing on the science of human behavior to inform correctional practice, this book is an invaluable resource for policymakers, practitioners, mental health and criminal justice professionals, and anyone interested in the science behind the policies surrounding criminal punishment.

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Over the past three decades, the American criminal justice system has become unapologetically punitive. High rates of incarceration and frequent use of long-term segregation have become commonplace, with little concern for evidence that such practices make the public safer - and as the editorsof this groundbreaking volume assert, they ...

Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, Tucson and Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society. Jennifer L. Skeem, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Raymond W. Novaco, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:September 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Defining the Problem: Crime, Incarceration, and Recidivism in the U.S.1. Alfred Blumstein: Crime and rates of incarceration in the U.S.2. Clive R. Hollin: A short history of corrections: The rise, fall, and resurrection of rehabilitation through treatmentPart II: Targeting Contextual Contributors to the Problem3. David P. Farrington: Contextual Influences on Violence4. Muniba Saleem and Craig A. Anderson: The good, the bad, and the ugly of electronic media5. Tom R. Tyler and Lindsay E. Rankin: Public attitudes and punitive policiesPart III: Improving Our Approach to Individual Offenders6. Donald Andrews: The Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model of Correctional Assessment and Treatment7. Paul Gendreau and Paula Smith: Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Correctional Institutions8. Susan Turner and Joan Petersilia: Putting Science to Work: How the Principles of Risk, Responsivity and Need Apply to Reentry9. Barbara Oudekerk and Dickon Reppucci: Reducing recidivism and violence among offending youth10. Judith V. Becker and Jill D. Stinson: Extending rehabilitative principles to violent sex offenders11. John Monahan and Henry J. Steadman: Extending violence reduction principles to justice-involved persons with mental illnessPart IV: A Way Forward12. James McGuire: Addressing system inertia to effect change13. Joel A. Dvoskin, Jennifer L. Skeem, Raymond W. Novaco, and Kevin S. Douglas: What if psychology redesigned the criminal justice system?