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Handbook on Moving Corrections and Sentencing Forward

Building on the Record

Edited by: Pamela K. Lattimore , Beth M. Huebner , Faye S. Taxman

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367443177
eBook ISBN: 9781003008941
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003008941
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Book description

This volume addresses major issues and research in corrections and sentencing with the goal of using previous research and findings as a platform for recommendations about future research, evaluation, and policy.

The last several decades witnessed major policy changes in sentencing and corrections in the United States, as well as considerable research to identify the most effective strategies for addressing criminal behavior. These efforts included changes in sentencing that eliminated parole and imposed draconian sentences for violent and drug crimes. The federal government, followed by most states, implemented sentencing guidelines that greatly reduced the discretion of the courts to impose sentences. The results were a multifold increase in the numbers of individuals in jails and prisons and on community supervision?increases that have only recently crested. There were also efforts to engage prosecutors and the courts in diversion and oversight, including the development of prosecutorial diversion programs, as well as a variety of specialty courts. Penal reform has included efforts to understand the transitions from prison to the community, including federal-led efforts focused on reentry programming. Community corrections reforms have ranged from increased surveillance through drug testing, electronic monitoring, and in some cases, judicial oversight, to rehabilitative efforts driven by risk and needs assessment. More recently, the focus has included pretrial reform to reduce the number of people held in jail pending trial, efforts that have brought attention to the use of bail and its disproportionate impact on people of color and the poor.

This collection of chapters from leading researchers addresses a wide array of the latest research in the field. A unique approach featuring responses to the original essays by active researchers spurs discussion and provides a foundation for developing directions for future research and policymaking.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Reflections on the Multi-Site Drug Court Evaluation Download PDF
Chapter  2:  At the Crossroads Download PDF
Chapter  3:  What Comes Next? On the Evolution of Community Courts Download PDF
Chapter  4:  From Mean to Meaningful Probation Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Research Considerations for Using Electronic Technologies with Community Supervision Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Fines, Fees, and Debt in Community Corrections Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Thoughts from the Multi-Site Evaluation of the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  A Supervision Policy with Scope Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Parole Decision-Making Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Back-End Sentencing and Opting Out of the Parole Process Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Family Work in Corrections Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Understanding Rapport in Supervision Settings Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Lessons from the Multi-Site Family Study of Incarceration, Parenting, and Partnering Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Putting a Square Into a Circle Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Supermax Incarceration Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Advances in Corrections Research Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Criminal Justice Reform in California Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Examining the Field’s First Multisite Reentry Experiment Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Returning Home Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Considerations on the Multi-Site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Key Findings and Implications of the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 2011 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects Download PDF
Chapter  22:  A Time for Mercy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Building on Reentry Research Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Afterword: Intensive Non-Intervention Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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