A number of books have been written that discuss and promote a
particular theoretical approach to corrections. Instead of
promoting a particular theoretical approach, "The Mystery of
Criminal Behavior" critically analyzes the theories most commonly
promoted in literature on the subject and practiced in the field.
Drawing on thirty years of experience as a corrections
practitioner at the state level, managing and administering
programs and institutions for adult criminals, juvenile offenders,
and the criminally insane, author Thomas G. Toombs asserts that
none of the theories advocated to date have produced or offer
promising results and that there are at least three major
obstacles-pseudoscientific research practices, prisons, and
intellectual and ideological parochialism-that must be overcome
before any progress can be made toward discovering the causes of
criminal behavior and how to prevent it.
"The Mystery of Criminal Behavior" provides insight to the
misinformed and the uninformed, compromises those who distort or
misrepresent what is known about criminal behavior, and motivation
to those who are sincere in their pursuit of a solution.
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