Source: (1999) Canadian Journal of Criminology.41(2): 235-247.

With the enormous amount of research in the area of corrections in recent decades, Bonta and Cormier elect to summarize certain topics in greater depth rather than a large range of topics in cursory fashion. Hence, they focus on Canadian research dealing with offender assessment and rehabilitation. Their reasoning for this focus is twofold: in their judgment, this is the research that has had the greatest impact on shaping policy and practice in corrections in Canada; and offender assessment and rehabilitation form the basis of effective corrections. Their paper, then, highlights Canadian contributions to knowledge of what constitutes good corrections and its implications for alternatives to incarceration.