Contemporary Corrections: A Critical Thinking Approach (2020)

Forthcoming July 3, 2020

This book introduces readers to the essential elements of the US corrections system without drowning students in a sea of nonessential information. Unbiased and accessible, the text includes coverage of the history of corrections, alternatives to incarceration, probation/parole, race/ethnicity/gender issues in corrections, reentry into the community, and more. The authors’ unparalleled practical approach, reinforced by contemporary examples, illuminates the role corrections plays in our society. The authors have reinvigorated earlier work with additional content on international comparative data to increase our understanding of how prison officials in other nations have developed different types of responses to the problems that challenge every US correctional administrator, a new chapter on correctional personnel, and an integration of race and ethnicity issues throughout the book. Unrivaled in scope, this book offers undergraduates a concise but comprehensive introduction to corrections with textual materials and assignments designed to encourage students’ critical thinking skills.

Authors: Rick Ruddell, G. Larry Mays, and L. Thomas Winfree Jr.
Edition: First
Publisher: Routledge

Exploring Criminal Justice in Canada, 2nd Edition (2020)

The most accessible, straightforward, and engaging introduction to the Canadian criminal justice system. Engaging and accessible, this text introduces students to the realities of criminal justice in today’s world. Drawing on case studies, media issues, and controversies, Exploring Criminal Justice in Canada critically examines the organization and function of the criminal justice system and the individuals, social values, and legal systems that shape Canadian criminal justice institutions.

This book presents the basic information that readers need in order to develop a working knowledge of Canada’s justice system. For many readers, this book will be their only exposure to justice-related studies, and they will finish their introductory class with an increased awareness of crime and of how the police, courts, and correctional systems respond to acts we have defined as crimes. In order to achieve that goal, this book provides a streamlined overview of Canada’s justice system using a “back to basics” approach. While some have said that “the devil is in the details” issues related to crime and justice can be deeply explored in your future classes.
A number of factors differentiate this overview of Canada’s justice system from other textbooks, including a focus on race, class, and gender in each chapter and how those issues influence both crime and the search for justice. In addition, each chapter contains a boxed feature titled “Myth or Reality,” where our ideas about the justice system are challenged and presented in a Canadian context. One of the difficulties in understanding the police, courts, and correctional systems is that many students new to the study of criminal justice have learned about crime and the justice system from the US media. This is a significant concern because the Canadian justice system is very different from the US system, and responses to crime are also distinctively different. As a result, this book focuses on providing a wide variety of Canadian examples, although there are comparative sections in each chapter that contrast Canadian criminal justice practices against those in other nations. Last, each chapter contains a contribution from a criminal justice practitioner who shares information about his or her work experiences and career pathway, providing practical advice to readers considering careers in the justice system.

This book has free online resources including comprehensive summaries written for all ten provinces that highlight crime trends in those provinces, a description of the police, courts, and correctional systems within each province, as well as crime control problems or strategies that are distinctive to each province. An online chapter on victimization is also available.

Authors:  Rick Ruddell
Edition:  Second
Publisher:  Oxford University Press

Oil, Gas, and Crime: The Dark Side of the Boomtown

This book addresses the causes of rising crime rates resulting from the rapid population growth and industrialization associated with natural resource extraction in rural communities. Ruddell describes the social problems emerging in these boomtowns, including increases in antisocial behavior, as well as property-related and violent crime, industrial mishaps and traffic collisions. Many of the victims of these crimes are already members of vulnerable or marginalized groups, including rural women, Indigenous populations, and young people. The quality of life in boomtowns also decreases due to environmental impacts, including air, water and noise pollution. Law enforcement agencies, courts, and correction facilities in boomtowns are often overwhelmed by the growing demand as these places are seldom able to manage the population growth. The key questions addressed here are: who should pay the costs of managing these booms, and how can we prepare communities to mitigate the worst effects of this growth and development and, ultimately, increase the quality of life for boomtown residents. An in-depth and timely study, this original work will be of great interest to scholars of violent crime, criminal justice, and corporate harm.

Authors:  Rick Ruddell
ISBN:  978-1137587138
Publisher:  Palgrave Macmillan

Policing Rural Canada (2017)

Policing Rural Canada is designed to introduce readers to the challenges of policing the countryside. Rick Ruddell shifts the focus of policing from the urban to the rural. He describes the efforts and activities of the thousands of individuals working to ensure public safety in the countryside

Readers will learn about the characteristics and challenges of different organizations, both small and large, which work toward public safety throughout rural Canada. Police are only one among a large number of agencies—both public and private—that maintain the peace or enforce laws and that the traditional monopoly of the police on crime control is shrinking. There are a large number of officials who support the activities of the police and their roles are important in maintaining the peace, as such, the scope of the book includes Police, Partners, and Public Safety.

Authors:  Rick Ruddell
Publisher:  de Sitter Publications

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Policing Rural Canada
Chapter 1: Rural Crime
Chapter 2: A Short History of Rural and Small-town Policing
Chapter 3: An Overview of Canadian Policing
Chapter 4: Policing Rural Communities
Chapter 5: Confronting Traditional Models of Policing
Chapter 6: Aboriginal Policing
Chapter 7: Boomtown Policing
Chapter 8: The Thin Green Line: Protecting Canada’s Natural Resources
Chapter 9: Supporting the Police on the Borders, in the Arctic, and along the Coasts
Chapter 10: Protecting Critical Infrastructure
Chapter 11: The Future of Rural and Small-Town Policing

Do the Crime, Do the Time (2012)

Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System

The first juvenile court was created in the United States in 1899. Since then, there have always been provisions in juvenile courts for those rare youngsters who would be more appropriately handled by the adult criminal courts. However, use of this provision was rare until the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the practice increased, resulting in many youngsters being tried as adults. Has this approach to juvenile crime worked or not?

This book provides a fresh look at the way the United States is choosing to deal with some of the serious or persistent youth offenders: by transferring juvenile offenders to adult courts.

For more than 20 years now, the attitude in some jurisdictions has been “if you’re old enough to do the crime, you’re old enough to do the time.” After two decades of applying this increasingly punitive mindset to juvenile offenders, it is possible to see the actual consequences of transferring more and younger offenders to adult courts.

In Do the Crime, Do the Time: Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System, the authors apply their decades of experience, both in the practical world and from unique research perspectives, to shed light on the influence of public opinion and the political forces that shape juvenile justice policy in the United States. The book provides a fresh look at the way the United States is choosing to deal with some of the serious or persistent juvenile offenders, utilizing real-life examples and cases to draw connections between transfer policies and individual outcomes.


  • Addresses an always-current topic of long-standing controversy: trying juveniles as adults
  • Makes sophisticated information based on current scholarship accessible to general readers
  • Presents information relevant to parents of children who are charged or incarcerated, officials in local legislative bodies, and general citizens concerned with the problem of juvenile crime

Sample Topics
Crime Policy
Delinquency Statistics
Juvenile Courts
Juvenile Delinquents
Shrinking Boundaries of the Juvenile Justice System
Transferring Juveniles
U.S. Supreme Court Cases
War on Crime

Authors:  G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell
ISBN:  978-0-313-39242-9
Publisher:  Praeger

Krisberg (2013) Review Do the crime, do the time.pdf

Pegg (2014) Review Do the crime, do the time.pdf