Welcome to the Companion Website

This site is intended to enhance your use of Correctional Theory Second Edition by Francis T. Cullen and Cheryl Lero Jonson. The materials on this site are geared toward increasing your effectiveness with this material and maximizing the potential for your students to learn.


The Second Edition of Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences continues to identify and evaluate the major competing theories used to guide the goals, policies, and practices of the correctional system. Authors Francis T. Cullen and Cheryl Lero Jonson demonstrate that changes in theories can legitimize new ways of treating and punishing offenders, and they help readers understand how transformations in the social and political context of U.S. society impact correctional theory and policy. Designed to motivate readers to become sophisticated consumers of correctional information, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based information to guide decisions, rather than relying on nonscientific commonsense or ideology-based beliefs.


We gratefully acknowledge Francis T. Cullen and Cheryl Lero Jonson for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Teresa Kulig for creating the ancillaries on this site.