As prison populations increase in Australia and worldwide, Corrections Criminology is a timely stocktake of what we know about corrections. The book encompasses corrections in the community as well as private and public prisons, and is written by leading academics and senior practitioners.
The book covers seven main themes:
- Trends in Correctional Populations (in Australia and worldwide)
- The Objectives, Standards and Efficacy of Imprisonment, including key issues such as accountability, treatment of prisoners, security and privatisation
- Special Prison Populations, such as Indigenous, female and ageing prisoners
- Prisoner Health, including mental health and strategies for minimising self-harm
- Rehabilitation and Reparation, including consideration of “what works?” and post-release support
- Correctional Officers, particularly considering the changing career of corrections staff and
- Future Directions in corrections.
Corrections criminologySean O’Toole, Assistant Director, Learning and Staff Development, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesSimon Eyland, Director, Corporate Research, Evaluation and Statistics, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesWorld correctional populations trends and issuesMike Bartlett – Manager, International Programs, NSW Dept ofCorrective ServicesPrison populations in AustraliaKyleigh Heggie – Research and Information Manager, NSW Dept of Corrective ServicesAustralian Community Corrections population trends and issuesDavid Daley, Director, Community Corrections VictoriaPrisonography: Sources of knowledge and perspectives about prisonsProfessor Lucien Lombard, Old Dominion University, USCommissions of inquiry and penal reformProfessor David Brown, University of NSWSecurity in correctional systemsRon Woodham, Commissioner, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesPrivatisation in the corrections industrySean O’Toole, Assistant Director, Learning and Staff Development, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesHuman rights in corrections practiceBrian Tkachuk and Eileen Skinnider, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Canada“Good corrections”: Implications for leadership and organisational performanceOle Ingstrup, Commissioner, Correctional Service of Canada(1988-1992/1996-2000, President of the International Corrections and Prisons AssociationInspecting prisonsProfessor Richard Harding, Inspector of Custodial Services for Western AustraliaCauses and prevention of violence in prisonsProfessor Ross Homel and Carleen Thompson, Griffith UniversityThe over-representation of Indigenous persons in custodyBill Anscombe, Charles Sturt UniversityRisk and responsibilities in women’s prisonsProfessor Pat Carlen, Keele University, UKManaging an ageing prison populationDr John Dawes, Charles Sturt UniversityPrisoner healthMichael Levy, Director, Centre for Health Research in Criminal Justice, Justice Health NSWTony Butler, Research Manager, Centre for Health Research in Criminal Justice, Justice Health NSWTony Falconer, Consultant, Health & Medical, Queensland CorrectionsManaging mentally ill offenders released from jail – the US experienceProfessor Dale Sechrest, University of California, USAssociate Professor Don Josi, Armstrong Atlantic State University, USOffenders with drug and alcohol dependenciesMaria Kevin, Senior Research Officer, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesA framework for minimising the incidence of self-harm in prisonDr Greg Dear, Edith Cowan UniversityBeyond what works – a retrospective of Robert Martinson’s famous articleAssociate Professor Rick Sarre, University of South Australia[This chapter was previously published under the title ‘Beyond ‘What Works?’: A 25 Year Jubilee Retrospective of Robert Martinson’s Famous Article’, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 34 (1), 38-46, 2001.Reprinted with Permission]Bridging the gap between prison and the community: Post-release support and supervisionDr Stuart Ross, Centre for Criminological Research and Evaluation, Melbourne UniversityPrivate Prison industries in a time of science-based prison programmingJudy McHutchison, Senior Research Officer, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesThe effect of post-release housing on prisoner re-integration into the communityDr Eileen Baldry, University of New South WalesEthics and the role of the Correctional OfficerAnna Grant, Crime Prevention Officer, Queensland Crime and Misconduct CommissionMeasuring prisons and their moral performanceAlison Liebling, Director Prisons Research Centre, Cambridge University, UKProfessionalising the Correctional Officer: The US perspectiveProfessor Don A Josi, University of California, USAssociate Professor Dale K Sechrest, Armstrong State University, USHuman resources analysis of the Australian corrections industrySean O’Toole, Assistant Director, Learning and Staff Development, NSW Department of Corrective ServicesTowards crime preventionProfessor David Biles, Charles Sturt UniversityWhat future for the prison?Paul Wilson, Professor of Criminology, Bond University
There are 28 well-researched chapters in this extensive volume. … This book is timely in opening up the wider issues of prisons and the criminal justice system as seen from an international perspective. Many of the issues pertaining to Australia find a parallel closer to home in the UK. …The book deserves the widest possible readership, especially among those in the media and those involved in the administration of UK criminal .justice. … This book addresses debates in an intelligent, broad manner. It is essential reading for all interested in criminal justice and criminological examination of society.
Community Safety Journal (UK), Vol 5(2), April 2006
The book provides some interesting perspectives on prisons and will certainly achieve its aim as an introductory book that will raise key issues and stimulate some thought, despite the limits on its broader relevance. So, if you’ve been desperately looking for a general academic textbook on Australian prisons, particularly those in New South Wales, then call off the search. Today is your lucky day.
Prison Service Journal, No 161, September 2005
This comprehensive book of readings is particularly timely … The range of topics is ambitious, from prisonography; security in prisons, over-representation of indigenous people; managing the aged, mentally ill and women in prisons; ethics and professionalism of correctional officers to considerations of crime prevention and looking to the future. …All of the pieces are fairly short, with most being under ten pages. The text runs to 232 pages. The format is clear and easy to follow. None of the articles is heavy with statistical tables but the references throughout to relevant statistics are generally clear, and usually form part of the narrative. These features make the book helpful and useful to students but also to busy practitioners and academics who are looking for a text to dip into for current specific pieces of information. Footnotes, when there are any, are found at the bottom of each page where they belong and the book is completed by an impressively lengthy and comprehensive bibliography. …
We can certainly recommend this book to prisoners who are interested in reading about the issues, principles and philosophical standpoints concerning the incarceration that they themselves are experiencing and we suggest it should be available in every prison library. …
We also hope this book is widely read by correctional services policy makers.
Inside Out, April 2005