Synopses & Reviews
The third edition of Public Policy, Crime, and Criminal Justice
presents current public policy articles covering the major areas of the criminal justice system. It continues to combine theoretical perspectives and discussions of the most difficult issues the criminal justice system faces beginning in the new millennium. The focus is on general public policy and specific areas of the criminal justice system as well as innovative approaches that hold the promise of effectively addressing especially problematic areas. New features and additions to this edition include:
- An update of many of the articles, topics, and the inclusion of new articles
- Ideology, politics and the relationship to media
- The failure of crime control
- The political sentencing game
- Myths of a lenient criminal justice system
- Reconciliation and human rights enforcement
- Updated questions for discussion
This unique anthology exposes readers to a collection of original works that provide a bridge between issues related to public policy. Readers are exposed to a “whole-system” view of policy, crime, and criminal justice. Current, relevant, and fascinating readings provide a window into the state of today's criminal justice system. For professionals in the criminal justice field.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Questions for Discussion sections.)
I. PUBLIC POLICY AND CRIME. 1. The Public Policy Process in the United States, William P. Hojnacki.
2. Public Policy and Criminology: An Historical and Philosophical Reassessment, James F. Gilsinan.
3. Science, Public Policy, and the Career Paradigm, Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi.
4. Crime, Justice, and the Social Environment, Elliott Currie.
5. At the Roots of Violence: The Progressive Decline and the Dissolution of the Family, George B. Palermo and Douglas Simpson.
6. Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: A Summary, Joan Petersilia.
7. The Intersection of Drug Use and Criminal Behavior: Results from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, Lana Harrison and Joseph Gfroerer.
II. PUBLIC POLICY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. The Criminal Justice System.
8. Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure, Jeffrey Reiman. (From “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice”) 9. Dynamics of Criminal Justice, Alida V. Merlo and Peter J. Benekos. (From “What's Wrong with the Criminal Justice System?: Ideology, Politics, and the Media.”)Law Enforcement.
10. Developing Police Policy: An Evaluation of the Control Principle, Geoffrey P. Alpert and William C. Smith.11. Who Ya Gonna Call? The Police as Problem-Busters, John E. Eck and William Spelman.12. Transforming the Police, Stephen D. Mastrofski and Craig D. Uchida.The Courts.
13. Priority Prosecution of High-Rate Dangerous Offenders, Marcia R. Chaiken and Jan M. Chaiken.14. The Capacity of Courts as Policy Making Forums, Christopher E. Smith.15. Three Strikes and You're Out: The Political Sentencing Game, Peter J. Benekos and Alida V. Merlo. (From “Federal Probation”)Corrections.
16. Sentencing Reform and Correctional Policy: Some Unanswered Questions, Edward E. Rhine.17. The Limits of Punishment as Social Policy, Don C. Gibbons.18. The Myth of a Lenient Criminal Justice System, Victor E. Kappeler, Mark Blumberg, and Gary W. Potter. (From “The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice”)Juvenile Justice.
19. Serious and Violent Juvenile Crime: A Comprehensive Strategy, John J. Wilson and James C. Howell.20. A Policy Maker's Guide to Controlling Delinquency and Crime through Family Interventions, Kevin N. Wright and Karen E. Wright.21. Emerging Trends and Issues in Juvenile Justice, Michael F. Aloisi.
III. TRENDS IN PUBLIC POLICY, CRIME, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 22. Policy Relevance and the Future of Criminology, Joan Petersilia.
23. Crime Control as Human Rights Enforcement, Robert Elias.
24. Moving into the New Millennium: Toward a Feminist Vision of Justice, M. Kay Harris.
25. Confronting Crime: Looking Toward the Twenty-First Century, Elliott Currie.
26. Beyond the Fear of Crime: Reconciliation as the Basis for Criminal Justice Policy, Russ Immarigeon.