chapter  1
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The Correctional Conglomerate

Policy, in turn, is influenced by the values, opinions, and interests of society. As a public service ultimately responsive to the community, corrections is also subject to various political and social pressures. At times, these have created conflicting expectations, and when society demands public policies that emphasize goals ranging from retribution and punishment to treatment and rehabilitation, it is sometimes difficult to determine exactly what corrections is supposed to be accomplishing. The question therefore becomes not just what corrections is but, more importantly, what it is expected to do. As a member of society, you have not only a personal stake in the answers, but also a role in shaping them.