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American Jail, The: Cornerstone of Modern Corrections, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Gary F. Cornelius

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jan 15, 2008

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For courses in Introduction to Corrections, Jails and Local Corrections, CriminalJusticeTrainingAcademies.


This is a book about the local jail—how it developed, how they work, and what jail staffs are doing to protect the public and keep inmates safely confined.  Written from a practitioner’s point of view, its goal is to give the reader a realistic view of this often overlooked institution. Critical issues such as the traits of offenders, the climate, and security are discussed, as well as the main operations of the jail such as booking and classification. Insights from those within (staff and inmates) reinforce the book’s real world perspective and current statistics and research document the development and operation of local jails.

Table of Contents

I.          The History and Development of Today’s Jail 

II.         Jail Security  

III.       Jail Climate   

IV.       Booking and Initial Intake   

V.        Classification and Inmate Housing    

VI.       Jail Programs and Services      

VII.      The Jail Population: Profile and Special Categories 

VIII.     Jail Staff       

IX.       Jails and the Courts      

X.        Jail Standards      

XI.       Jails and Community Corrections   

XII.      The Future of the American Jail                        





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$39.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-500967-3