What Works in Corrections: Reducing the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Deliquents (Cambridge Studies in Criminology)

What Works in Corrections: Reducing the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Deliquents (Cambridge Studies in Criminology)

By: Doris Layton MacKenzie (author), Alfred Blumstein (series_editor), David P. Farrington (series_editor)Paperback

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What Works in Corrections, first published in 2006, examines the impact of correctional interventions, management policies, treatment and rehabilitation programs on the recidivism of offenders and delinquents. The book reviews different strategies for reducing recidivism and describes how the evidence for effectiveness is assessed. Thousands of studies were examined in order to identify those of sufficient scientific rigor to enable conclusions to be drawn about the impact of various interventions, policies and programs on recidivism. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses were performed to further examine these results. This book assesses the relative effectiveness of rehabilitation programs (e.g., education, life skills, employment, cognitive behavioral), treatment for different types of offenders (e.g. sex offenders, batterers, juveniles), management and treatment of drug-involved offenders (e.g., drug courts, therapeutic communities, outpatient drug treatment) and punishment, control and surveillance interventions (boot camps, intensive supervision, electronic monitoring). Through her extensive research, MacKenzie illustrates which of these programs are most effective and why.

About Author

Doris Layton MacKenzie is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She earned her masters and doctorate in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and was awarded a Visiting Scientist position at the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice. In this capacity, she provided expertise to Federal, State and Local jurisdictions on correctional boot camps, correctional policy, intermediate sanctions, research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses, and evaluation techniques. As an expert in criminal justice, Dr MacKenzie has consulted with State and Local jurisdictions, and has testified before US Senate and House Committees. Dr MacKenzie has recently completed an edited book on correctional boot camps. Currently, she is a Co-Director of the International Prison Project and has been invited to present her work at the United Nations as well as in cities worldwide.


Part I. Strategies for Reducing Crime: 1. Strategies for reducing recidivism; 2. Assessing the evidence; 3. Incapacitation; 4. Perspectives on rehabilitation; Part II. The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Programs: 5. Academic education and life skills training; 6. Vocational education, correctional industries and employment programs; 7. Cognitive behavioral therapy programs; Part III. Targeting Specific Types of Offenders: 8. Sex offender treatment; 9. Juveniles; 10. Domestic violence; Part IV. Management and Treatment of Substance Abusers: 11. Drug courts; 12. Outpatient and incarceration-based drug treatment; Part V. Control, Discipline and Punishment: 13. Correctional boot camps; 14. Intensive supervision and electronic monitoring; Part VI. Conclusions: 15. What works?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521001205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 404
  • ID: 9780521001205
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 052100120X

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