"In an area that often embraces ideology and custom, Doris MacKenzie shows the wisdom of an evidence-based corrections. Through a definitive yet accessible analysis of the lengthy roster of existing offender interventions, she teaches us what programs do and do not hold promise for reducing criminal activity. Indeed, if the sage advice between its covers is followed, this volume offers the important opportunity to avoid harmful treatments and to develop interventions that enhance both the lives of offenders and the public's safety. Simply put, What Works in Corrections is a must read for any serious student of the correctional enterprise." -Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati
"Anyone seeking to understand what works in contemporary corrections policy will welcome this scholarly, wide-ranging book and its evidenced-based perspective. I highly recommend it to policymakers, practitioners and academics. The data presented should help us target our scarce resources to those programs most likely to succeed." -Joan Petersilia, Stanford Law School
This 2006 book assesses the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs, specialized treatment for different types of offenders, management and treatment of drug-involved offenders and punishment, control and surveillance interventions to provide an intensive review of correctional interventions and programs. Through extensive research, MacKenzie illustrates which of these programs are most effective and why.