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Dead Lines: Essays in Murder and Mayhemby Jack Levin
Synopses & Reviews
This book provides strong evidence that the opinions of criminologists, based on research and theory, can effectively make their way into the popular press in order to influence public opinion as well as the thinking of policymakers. Almost all of the 56 essays reprinted in this volume were originally published by the authors as opinion columns in major newspapers around the country. These op-eds, as they are called, focus on various types of murder - how to account for changes in the rate of homicide, why individuals commit various types of murder, and how our criminal justice system ought to respond in order to combat extreme acts of violence. Those in Criminal Justice Professions, the Media or Policy Professions.
Table of Contents
I. HOMICIDE TRENDS.
The Crime Generation Grows Up Right On Schedule.
The Calm before the Crime Wave Storm.
An Effective Response to Teenage Crime Is Possible.
A Longer View on the Rise and Fall of Crime.
Spousal Murders Are Declining.
Translating Concern about Juvenile Violence into Collective Action.
Hurting Animals Is an Important Clue.
Our New Pastime.
Who's Minding the Kids?
Mr. and Mrs. Bueller's Night in Jail.
III. SCHOOL SHOOTINGS.
Again!: School Attacks Show Need for New Strategies.
Schools Learning a Grim Lesson.
School Violence: Easy Solutions That Won't Work and Difficult Ones That Will.
A Few Bad Apples.
Filling the After-School Wasteland.
Responding to School Violence.
A Failing Grade in Response to Columbine.
When Misery Has No Company.
Termination Can Be Murder.
American Workplace Needs Humanizing.
Postal Violence: Cycle of Despair Turns Tragic.
Placing the Blame for the Palm Bay Massacre.
Hatred: Too Close for Comfort.
Is American Culture to Blame for the Oklahoma Tragedy?
German Violence: Are We Next?
Are We Seeing a Backlash to Hate Crime Legislation?
Shooting at the Ivory Tower.
Serial Killers: How the Statistics Mislead Us.
The Menace of Serial Murder.
Andrew Cunanan: America's Bogey Man.
Facts, Not Fluff.
VII. CULTURE OF KILLING.
We're Veering off Course.
A Culture That's Ripe to Sustain Evil.
Two Thumbs Down for TV Ratings.
The Gun Control Debate Needs Some Middle Ground.
Bush Blocks Fight against Assault Guns.
The Assault Weapons Ban Does More Harm Than Good.
IX.JUSTICE SYSTEM RESPONSE TO MURDER.
Safety's on the Line.
Effective Police Departments Not Built Solely on Test Scores.
Get Smart—Not Tough— On Juvenile Crime.
John Salvi's Insanity Was Ignored.
Does Salvi's Suicide Show New Insanity Plea Needed?
When Crime Pays and Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime.
When the End Justifies the Means.
Stop Sending Folks to Jail.
X. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
Life without Hope.
Is the Death Sentence Justice or Vengeance?
A Freeze on Executions.
The Senate's Empty Gesture.
Too Easy to Kill.
San Ysidro's Shameful Apathy.
A Train Tragedy Humanized.
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