Explaining Corrections: The Theory Beyond the Treatment

Brian K. Lovins, University of Cincinnati

Correctional programs have been greatly neglected by criminal justice theories thus far. Typically, criminal justice theories tend to focus on the front end of the system, but rarely explain the underlying theoretical perspectives of the correctional system. This paper will examine the correctional system using Packer's Due Process Model and Crime Control Model to understand the theoretical constructs that underlie correctional programming. In addition, the implications for future research and theoretical development will be explored.

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Updated 05/20/2006