Academic journal article International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences

Book Review of Experiencing Corrections: From Practitioner to Professor

Academic journal article International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences

Book Review of Experiencing Corrections: From Practitioner to Professor

Article excerpt

Book review of Experiencing Corrections: From Practitioner to Professor Johnson, Lee (Ed) (2012). Experiencing Corrections: From Practitioner to Professor. Sage Publications, ISBN-1412988470, 279 pages, $33.48.

More than most fields, correctional applications present a strong contrast between theory, and legal and procedural practice. Differences among governmental jurisdictions and even between boards and committees can make the handling of offenders a bit inconsistent. Yet in spite of this, many criminal justice textbooks approach corrections with a blanket exposition of history and theory. By largely focusing on how the system works, students may be leftunprepared to meet the realities of their future employment. Johnson's text seeks to remedy this problem by providing a collection of essays about the corrections system. The result is a pedagogical tool to prepare students for their careers, as well as to provide educators with resources from which they can create lesson plans.

Corrections officers face many challenges including those pertaining to ethical and psychological considerations, most of which are poorly portrayed within the literature. The first essay within this book is provided by John Randolph Fuller. Dr. Fuller states that to orient himself to his new profession within corrections, he had to re-think previous conceptions of the field (pg. 24). This is where essays prove most valuable - they provide examples of real-world events in which classroom material was applied and misconceptions dispelled. Furthermore, these essays interject a degree of realism into the discussion so that students develop a more comprehensive appreciation and understanding of the field. More importantly, readers will learn how to critique the system, a necessity for the progress of corrections. Undoubtedly, these essays will succeed in preparing readers for the challenges they will encounter within their own careers. With helpful synopses, and a detailed table of contents, a professor well-versed in this text can easily locate and assign readings to students based on subject. In addition, discussion questions appear at the end of every chapter, further cementing this book's place in the classroom setting.

The language in which this text is written is brisk and personal in the many autobiographical statements that appear, helping make each account vivid and memorable. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.