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Welcome to the website for Whitehead, Dodson, Edwards: Corrections: Exploring Crime, Punishment, and Justice in America, 3rd Edition.

Key Features

  • Increased emphasis on evidence-based decisionmaking in corrections.
  • New author team, new title, and more engaging and reader-friendly content.
  • Highly visual full-color interior at a very affordable price point.
  • A completely new chapter brings together all aspects of correctional administration.


Corrections: Exploring Crime, Punishment, and Justice in America, Third Edition, provides an introduction to the field of corrections. It examines the current state of American corrections; the directions being taken by corrections; and trends, such as the emphasis on punishment. Beginning with an overview of recent trends in corrections, the book’s 13 chapters discuss the history of American corrections; corrections and the courts; community corrections; restorative community justice; jails; prisons and prison life; and correctional administrators and personnel. There is also a discussion of special populations in prison; women offenders and correctional workers; juvenile corrections; the death penalty in America; and the future of corrections. Each chapter includes learning objectives, key terms, and an “Ethics Focus” exercise. The present edition also features updated statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. There are also photos of jails and prisons across the United States, and tables and graphs of crime trends and incarceration rates across the country. In addition, the book offers historical cases that have shaped prison reform and the most recent Supreme Court decisions affecting prisoners and prison administration.