Drs. Curtis and Michelle Blakelys’ New BookSeptember 30, 2015
Drs. Curtis and Michelle Blakely have just released their book entitled, “Socio-Physics: Applying the Natural Sciences to Criminal Justice and Penology.” It embodies Truman’s vision of promoting creative, innovative and progressive thinking within an interdisciplinary context. Efforts are brought to bear on current correctional processes through the lens of a liberal arts perspective. Overcrowding, budgetary deficits and skyrocketing recidivism rates place the prison at the forefront of national concern. Compounding these problems is a lack of ingenuity among our nation’s leaders about how to deal with these issues. The authors’ approach, referred to as socio-physics, provides a unique analysis of these challenges with the ultimate goals being offender rehabilitation and decreasing crime rates. By using an interdisciplinary perspective, the authors provide a firm foundation upon which new conceptual and theoretical models can be built. The ramifications for this work are far-reaching and are relevant to the understanding and improvement of most public service agencies. This book represents the first known effort to apply the natural sciences to the study of human behavior within a correctional context.