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Crime policy ought to be guided by science rather than ideology, argue Hugh Barlow and Scott Decker in this incisive and original collection of essays. Establishing the value and importance of linking theory and practice, the contributors to Criminology and Public Policy provide a comprehensive treatment of the major theories in criminology and their implications for criminal justice, crime control, and the larger realm of justice.

In applying theories to real world issues—such as reducing crime and violence, prisoner reentry policies, gang behavior, and treatment courts—the contributors take both a macro and micro level approach. They find, too, that it is often difficult to turn theory into practice. Still, the very attempt pushes the criminal justice system toward workable solutions rather than ideological approaches, an orientation the editors believe will lead to greater progress in combating one of our society’s greatest difficulties.

Contributors include: Robert Agnew, Ronald L. Akers, Gordon Bazemore, Ronald V. Clarke, J. Heith Copes, Frank Cullen, Marcus Felson, Marie Griffin, Scott Jacques, David Kauzlarich, Jean McGloin, Steven Messner, Alex Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Nancy Rodriguez, Richard B. Rosenfeld, Dawn Rothe, Andrea Schoepfer, Neal Shover, Cassia Spohn, Katherine Tellis, Charles Tittle, Richard Wright, and the editors.

About the Author

Hugh D. Barlow is Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the author of Dead for Good: Martyrdom and the Rise of the Suicide Bomber and Introduction to Criminology (with David Kauzlarich).

Scott H. Decker is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.  He is the author of Life in the Gang: Family, Friends and Violence and co-author (with Margaret Townsend Chapman) of Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside (Temple).

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Francis T. Cullen 

Preface

Part One. The Policy Implications of General Theories of Crime 

Introduction to Part 1: Putting Criminological Theory into Practice 

1. Control Balance Theory and Social Policy 

2. Controlling Crime: Recommendations from General Strain Theory 

3. The Normal Crime Rate, the Economy, and Mass Incarceration: An Institutional-Anomie Perspective on Crime-Control Policy 

4. A General Theory of Crime and Public Policy 

5. Nothing Is as Practical as a Good Theory: Social Learning and the Treatment and Prevention of Delinquency 

6. Routine Precautions, Criminology, and Crime Prevention

Part Two. The Policy Implications of Theory Applied to Specific Crime Types 

Introduction to Part II: Impact of Theory and Policy on Key Criminological Issues 

7. Decision Making by Persistent Thieves and Crime Control Policy 

8. Theories of Gang Behavior and Public Policy 

9. State Crime Theory and Control 

10. Theories of White-Collar Crime and Public Policy 

11. Drug Law and Violent Retaliation 

12. Feminist Criminology: Beyond the Slaying of Demons 

13. Critical Race Perspectives: Explaining the Differential Treatment of Racial Minorities by the Criminal Justice System 

14. Problem Solving Restorative Justice: From Incidents and Cases to Community Building and Collective Outcomes in a New Response to Youth Crime

Contributors 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439900062
Author:
Barlow, Hugh D.
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Editor:
Barlow, Hugh
Editor:
Decker, Scott H.
Author:
Barlow, Hugh
Author:
Decker, Scott H.
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Crime policy ought to be guided by science rather than ideology, argue Hugh Barlow and Scott Decker in this incisive and original collection of essays. Establishing the value and importance of linking theory and practice, the contributors to Criminology and Public Policy provide a comprehensive treatment of the major theories in criminology and their implications for criminal justice, crime control, and the larger realm of justice.

In applying theories to real world issues—such as reducing crime and violence, prisoner reentry policies, gang behavior, and treatment courts—the contributors take both a macro and micro level approach. They find, too, that it is often difficult to turn theory into practice. Still, the very attempt pushes the criminal justice system toward workable solutions rather than ideological approaches, an orientation the editors believe will lead to greater progress in combating one of our society’s greatest difficulties.

Contributors include: Robert Agnew, Ronald L. Akers, Gordon Bazemore, Ronald V. Clarke, J. Heith Copes, Frank Cullen, Marcus Felson, Marie Griffin, Scott Jacques, David Kauzlarich, Jean McGloin, Steven Messner, Alex Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Nancy Rodriguez, Richard B. Rosenfeld, Dawn Rothe, Andrea Schoepfer, Neal Shover, Cassia Spohn, Katherine Tellis, Charles Tittle, Richard Wright, and the editors.

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