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(p. 178) Correctional Psychology 

(p. 178) Correctional Psychology
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(p. 178) Correctional Psychology
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Stanley L. Brodsky

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190688707.003.0011
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date: 18 July 2018

This chapter describes my 1970s entry into the field as a psychologist in a maximum-security prison. My examination of the roles, contributions, and failures of psychologists in the criminal justice system led to a series of conferences at Lake Wales, Florida, joining the correctional psychology program at University of Alabama, and testifying in class action suites about systemic flaws in prisons, This led in turn to my fascination with the process of testifying in court, starting a psychology–law journal, and facilitating court mandates to achieve prisoner classification in a state prison system. As the field of psychology and law shifted from correctional to forensic psychology, I became engaged in conceptualizing and applying knowledge to understanding and practice in both forensic and correctional psychology.

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