Synopses & Reviews
Samuel Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT CRIME, DRUGS, AND COMMUNITIES was one of the first books to challenge common misconceptions about crime, and the new Seventh Edition remains uniquely effective at doing so. Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies on everything from crime control, to guns, to drugs, this incisive text cuts through popular myths and political rhetoric while emphasizing current research and proven practice. The result is a distinctly lucid, research-based work that clearly reveals what does not work in crime policy while identifying shared characteristics of successful approaches, including carefully defined, narrowly focused, problem-oriented programs in policing and prosecution. This engaging text captures the full complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of its key principles and general patterns.
Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE was the first book to challenge common misconceptions about crime and remains the most effective at doing so. Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies ? on everything from crime control to guns to drugs ? Walker cuts through myths and political rhetoric and confronts both conservative and liberal propositions relative to current research and proven effectiveness. The result is a research-based, lucid work that stimulates critical thinking and enlivens class discussions. Walker captures the complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of the general patterns.
About the Author
Samuel Walker is Isaacson Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. His current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Warning (EW) systems. Professor Walker currently serves on the Panel on Policing of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
Table of Contents
PART I: THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT CRIME. 1. Crime and Policy: A Complex Problem. 2. Models of Criminal Justice. 3. The Going Rate. 4. The Prediction Problem PART II: GET TOUGH: THE CONSERVATIVE ATTACK ON CRIME. 5. Unleash the Cops! 6. Deter the Criminals. 7. Lock 'Em Up. 8. Close the Loopholes. PART III: THE MIDDLE GROUND: VICTIMS AND GUNS. 9. Protect Crime Victims. 10. Control Gun Crimes. PART IV: Reform: The Liberal Prescription. 11. Treat 'Em! 12. Building Justice and Compliance with the Law. PART V: THE DRUG PROBLEM. 13. Sense and Nonsense About Drugs. PART VI: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: CRIME AND COMMUNITY. 14. Crime and Community.