Corrections: The Fundamentals provides a concise, compelling narrative perspective on American corrections practices and policies. Based on the author's more than 25 years of research and work inside jails and prisons, Corrections: The Fundamentals describes in detail the people and systems that make up the twenty-first century corrections system. Plenty of practical, real life examples throughout helps readers understand the theories and ideas presented in a real world context. Topics are organized into four main parts: History, Systems, Prisoners, and Alternatives. A chapter on comparative corrections compares and contrasts the corrections system in the United States to corrections systems in other countries. Topical commentaries from recognized corrections authorities are featured throughout-including Sister Helen Prejean, James Q. Wilson, Marc Mauer and Wilbert Rideau. For anyone in criminal justice or law enforcement careers.