Jeffery T. Ulmer, Mindy S. Bradley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the causes and correlates of macro-level changes in punishment policies and practices. It examines the role of sentencing policies, and sentencing practices, for explaining mass imprisonment in the US The book also examines the race, class, and gender disparities in probation. It looks at a very understudied issue: state and federal criminal record-sealing policies. The book concerns concepts of blameworthiness and culpability to examine how race and physical appearance are tied to criminal stereotypes. It explains the use of assessment in post-release supervision in Canada, looking at variation in evaluators’ subjective assessment of individual scores on motivation to desist, accountability for prior actions, and engagement in correctional plan. The book problematizes the practice of and utility of risk assessment in the public care and youth justice system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook on Punishment Decisions
Subtitle of host publicationLocations of Disparity
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781315410364
ISBN (Print)9781138221475
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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