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What Works (and Doesn T) in Reducing Recidivism

By Edward J. Latessa, Shelley L. Listwan, Deborah Koetzle

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Format: Paperback, 268 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 26 September 2013
This book offers criminologists and students an evidence-based discussion of the latest trends in corrections. Over the last several decades, research has clearly shown that rehabilitation efforts can be effective at reducing recidivism among criminal offenders. However, researchers also recognize that treatment is not a "one size fits all" approach. Offenders vary by gender, age, crime type, and/or addictions, to name but a few, and these individual needs must be addressed by providers. Finally, issues such as leadership, quality of staff, and evaluation efforts affect the quality and delivery of treatment services. This book synthesizes the vast research for the student interested in correctional rehabilitation as well as for the practitioner working with offenders. While other texts have addressed issues regarding treatment in corrections, this text is unique in that it not only discusses the research on "what works" but also addresses implementation issues as practitioners move from theory to practice, as well as the importance of staff, leadership and evaluation efforts.

Table of Contents

"Nothing Works" to "What Works": The History and Social Context of Rehabilitation Understanding Risk and Needs and the Importance of Assessment and Screening: Potential Tools and How to Apply Them Putting Theory into Practice: Approaches that Work in Reducing Recidivism Changing Behavior Long-Term: Behavioral Techniques and Core Correctional Practices What Doesn't Work: Ineffective Approaches and Correctional Quackery Responsivity: What Is It and Why Is It Important? What Works with Drug Courts What Works with Sex Offenders: A Unique Challenge What Works with Women What Works in Prison What Works in Re-entry Making Sure It's Done Right: The Importance of Quality and How to Ensure Program Fidelity

About the Author

Edward J. Latessa is a Professor and Head of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Latessa has published more than 150 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice. He is co-author of seven books and has directed more than 150 funded research projects, including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed more than 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in more than 45 states. He is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2013, Latessa was named "one of the most innovative people in criminal justice" by criminal justice leaders and professionals in the United States in a national, multi-faceted survey about innovation and criminal justice reform conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice. Shelley J. Listwan is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She has authored several articles in the area of drug courts, case classification, and correctional rehabilitation. Dr. Listwan also serves as a consultant to several state, local, and national agencies in an effort to improve assessment practices and the effectiveness of community-based interventions for offenders. Deborah Koetzle is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include the development and implementation of effective interventions for offenders, problem-solving courts, and the use of social media by police departments.

EAN: 9781455731213
ISBN: 1455731218
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 23.37 x 19.05 x 2.03 centimetres (0.54 kg)
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