The book addresses a wide range of topics, with articles on different populations, including women, gang members, persons who are developmentally disabled, and those who are mentally ill. Programmatic descriptions cover general mental health units, programs for substance abusers, sex offenders, and the use of animals in treatment. Specific themes weave throughout the book—for example, the nature of correctional clinical work and the need to cooperate with correctional officers. Various authors mention the specific traits and strengths that clinicians want to have in correctional settings, including flexibility, self-awareness, the ability to stay calm in stressful and emergent situations, a sense of humor, and a life outside work. Pitfalls of working in prisons are identified—for example, physical threat, the danger of being manipulated and exploited by inmates, the danger of being drawn into the split between inmates and the institution, and the risk of acting out one's own needs (to rescue, to redeem, or to single-handedly rehabilitate) at the expense of clinical integrity. The importance of supervision is stressed.