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Petersilia, Joan

Works: 106 works in 376 publications in 1 language and 14,158 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Redactor, pre
Classifications: HV9304, 364.80973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joan Petersilia
Crime( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime systematically grapples with the most persistent and controversial questions in the study of crime and violence: Why do some people become chronic, ungovernable criminals? Can gun control laws reduce violent crime? Does televised violence cause real violence? Do community alternatives to prison make matters better or worse? All the central issues in today's crime debate are covered in this book, including the effects of biomedical, family, neighborhood, and economic factors on criminality; how prosecutors and judges deal with offenders; the special problem of juvenile crime and gangs; the growth in prison populations and its effects - and much more. Many of the policies now being implemented do not reflect the current state of knowledge about what works and what doesn't in crime control. Crime explores reality-based alternatives that have the potential to restore the confidence in public safety that is essential to a strong civil society
When prisoners come home : parole and prisoner reentry by Joan Petersilia( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on dozens of interviews with inmates, former prisoners, and prison officials, Joan Petersilia convincingly shows us how the current system is failing, and failing badly. Unwilling merely to sound the alarm, Petersilia explores the harsh realities of prisoner reentry and offers specific solutions to prepare inmates for release, reduce recidivism, and restore them to full citizenship, while never losing sight of the demands of public safety."--Jacket
Criminal careers of habitual felons by Joan Petersilia( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analysis of interviews with 49 prison inmates--armed robbers serving at least their second prison term. The interviews probed patterns of criminality; criminal sophistication; treatment by criminal justice agencies; and drug and alcohol involvement. On the average, these offenders committed 20 felonies per year of street time and were arrested for only about 9 percent of them. The seriousness and frequency of their crimes declined during their careers. Surprisingly, the sample did not develop much criminal sophistication over time. Two types of habitual offenders emerged. The "intensives," about one-third of the sample, were more criminally active and more skillful at avoiding arrest than the "intermittents": intensives committed 10 times as many crimes as intermittents but were 5 times less likely to be arrested for any single crime. Though the sample is too small to permit generalizations, results suggest the importance of identifying intensives among habitual offenders and identifying them early in their careers
The criminal investigation process by Peter W Greenwood( Book )

15 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The criminal investigation process in municipal and county police departments was studied by survey, interviews and observations, and special data collection. Investigators spend about 7% of their time on activities that lead to solving crimes. Case solutions reflect activities of patrol officers, members of the public, and routine clerical processing more than investigative techniques. Nearly half of investigators' case-related activities are devoted to post-arrest processing; these activities are inadequately responsive to the needs of prosecutors. Collecting physical evidence at crime scenes does not help solve crimes unless evidence processing capabilities are adequate. Policy implications are discussed. (Author)
Smart sentencing : the emergence of intermediate sanctions( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prisons by Michael H Tonry( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Community corrections : probation, parole, and intermediate sanctions( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prison experience of career criminals by Joan Petersilia( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Career criminals do not have greater treatment needs than the general prison population and do not participate less in relevant treatment programs. These findings are based on information from official corrections records and on a questionnaire administered to a sample of 1300 inmates in California, Michigan, and Texas. Career criminals were also not the greatest source of prison violence. Data are presented on the percentage of inmates who need education, vocational training, alcohol and drug counseling; the percentage who receive such treatment; inmates' motivations for and against program participation; their assessment of the effects of specific programs; and the extent and type of infractions by inmates with different characteristics. The study does not recommend expanding the Department of Justice's Career Criminal Program into the area of corrections
Crime and public policy by James Q Wilson( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime in the United States has fluctuated considerably over the past thirty years, as have the policy approaches to deal with it. During this time, criminologists and other scholars have helped to shed light on the roles of incarceration, prevention, drugs, guns, policing, and numerous other aspects to crime control. Yet the latest research is rarely heard in public discussions and is often missing from the desks of policymakers. This book summarizes the latest scientific information on the causes of crime and the evidence about what does and does not work to control it. As with previous editions, each essay reviews the existing literature, discusses the methodological rigor of the studies, identifies what policies and programs the studies suggest, and then points to policies now implemented that fail to reflect the evidence. The chapters cover the principle institutions of the criminal justice system (juvenile justice, police, prisons, probation and parole, sentencing), how broader aspects of social life inhibit or encourage crime (biology, schools, families, communities), and topics currently generating a great deal of attention (criminal activities of gangs, sex offenders, prisoner reentry, changing crime rates)
Racial disparities in the criminal justice system by Joan Petersilia( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study has three objectives: (1) to see if there is any evidence that the criminal justice system systematically treats minorities differently from whites; (2) if there is such evidence, to see whether that treatment represents discrimination or is simply a reaction to the extent and seriousness of minority crimes; and (3) to discuss the policy implications for correcting any bias. Prior research on discrimination in the criminal justice system has produced controversial and contradictory findings. Section II discusses the problems with this research and briefly describes the data and methodology. Section III describes the workings of the criminal justice system and identifies racial differences in case processing revealed in some of the data. Section IV analyzes more of the data for racial differences in crime commission rates and the probability of being arrested. Section V looks at racial differences following the imposition of a court sentence. Section VI explores racial differences in offender characteristics, specifically crime motivation, weapon use, and prison violence. Section VII summarizes the findings and presents the conclusions of the study
Work release : recidivism and corrections costs in Washington State by Susan Turner( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When prisoners return to the community : political, economic, and social consequences by Joan Petersilia( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Granting felons probation : public risks and alternatives( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study represents the first systematic research on felony probationers. It is based on data on individuals convicted of selected serious felonies in Superior Court in California, who would have been likely candidates for prison. It defines probation and reviews its history to the present; documents the recidivism behavior of a selected sample of probationers and the implications for public safety; analyzes the factors that influence the prison/probation decision, the consistency of their application, and the recidivism of offenders with low, moderate, and high probabilities of imprisonment; identifies the factors associated with recidivism; discusses intermediate punishment--intensive community-based surveillance--as a sentencing alternative; describes operational programs; and develops a sentencing process to establish which alternative is appropriate for a given offender. Some of the conclusions suggested by the research are (1) felons granted probation present a serious threat to public safety; (2) the factors specified by law as appropriate considerations in the prison/probation decision strongly influence that decision in practice and should be used more consistently; (3) given the information now routinely provided to the court, the ability to predict which felons will succeed on probation cannot be vastly improved; and (4) state criminal justice systems should develop punitive community-based alternatives to prison for convicted felons
The Oxford handbook of sentencing and corrections( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's sentencing & corrections systems are in crisis. This text examines the intertwined & multi-layered fields of American sentencing & corrections from global & historical viewpoints, from theoretical & policy perspectives, & with close attention to many problem-specific arenas
Evaluating intensive supervision probation/parole : results of a nationwide experiment by Joan Petersilia( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prison versus probation in California : implications for crime and offender recidivism by Joan Petersilia( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report, part of a RAND study of the use of prison and probation for felony offenders, examines offender behavior after imprisonment. Using a sample of comparable prisoners and probationers, the authors investigate the association between imprisonment and recidivism, estimate the amount of crime that was prevented when felons were imprisoned rather than placed on probation, and discuss the costs to the criminal justice system to achieve that reduction in crime. The findings suggest the following: (1) The prisoners had higher recidivism rates than the probationers, both across crime types and in the aggregate. However, the prisoners' crimes were no more serious than the probationers', nor was there a significant difference in the length of time before their first filed charge. (2) The prisoners committed 20 percent fewer crimes than the probationers during the three years following their convictions. (3) The criminal justice system spent about twice as much on supervising and reprocessing prisoners as it did on probationers over the three-year period
Expanding options for criminal sentencing by Joan Petersilia( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report describes a number of new programs that have been developed nationwide in response to crowding in prisons and jails. Some of the programs are designed for adult, prison-bound offenders, most of whom are felons. Others are being used primarily as an alternative to jail for first-time offenders and misdemeanants. The formal programs described include intensive probation supervision; house arrest (with and without electronic monitoring); and shock incarceration, split sentences, and intermittent incarceration. Other innovations that can be used with the more formal programs include community-service sentencing; police-probation cooperatives and community network teams; residential diversion and revocation centers; client-specific sentencing; and victim/offender mediation. All of these programs are designed to be safe, punitive, and less expensive than prison, and the preliminary evidence suggests that they are diverting selected adult offenders to community-based alternatives, without threatening public safety
Reforming probation and parole in the 21st century by Joan Petersilia( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime victims with developmental disabilities : report of a workshop by Joan Petersilia( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prisons research at the beginning of the 21st century by Michael H Tonry( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice presents the full text of an article entitled "Prisons Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century," by Michael Tonry and Joan Petersilia. The article discusses the collateral effects of imprisonment, crime control effects of imprisonment, prisoners and prison staff, prison management, and the political economy of prisons in the 21st century
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When prisoners come home : parole and prisoner reentry
Alternative Names
Petersilia, J.

Petersilia, J. (Joan)

Petersilia, Joan Ramme.

English (175)

When prisoners come home : parole and prisoner reentrySmart sentencing : the emergence of intermediate sanctionsPrisonsCommunity corrections : probation, parole, and intermediate sanctionsCrime and public policyReforming probation and parole in the 21st centuryCrime victims with developmental disabilities : report of a workshop