Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 019984383X
ISBN-13: 9780199843831
Edition: 2nd 2013
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice aims to debunk commonly held myths about crime and the criminal justice system--for instance, that punishment reduces crime, or that minimum-security prisons are little worse than country clubs, or that strict rules of evidence allow many criminals to go free. This new edition is composed of an introduction by Bohm and Walker and 29 chapters, each on a particular myth and each written by a leading scholar in that area. Chapters conform to a strict format developed by the editors: Introduction, Kernel of Truth, truth or Facts, Interests Served by the Myth, and Policy Implications of Belief in the Myth. These chapters are organized into four parts, which trace a logical progression through the criminal justice process: Crime, Law Enforcement, Administration of Justice, and Corrections.

Robert M. Bohm is a professor of criminal justice and legal studies at the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in the areas of criminal justice and criminology. In addition to A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY, his books include INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 6th Edition; A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE; DEATHQUEST III: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 3rd Edition; The DEATH PENALTY TODAY; AMERICA'S EXPERIMENT WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE ULTIMATE SANCTION, 2nd Edition; THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA: CURRENT RESEARCH; and DEMYSTIFYING CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Professor Bohm was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences from 1992 to 1993. In 1989, the Southern Criminal Justice Association selected him as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; in 2001, he was presented with the Founder's Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; and, in 2008, he received the Bruce Smith, Sr., Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Preface
Introduction
Crime
The Myth of Accurate Crime Measurement
The Myth That "Criminals" Are Fundamentally Different from "Non-criminals"
The Myth of Rational Choice as an Explanation for Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique
The Myth That Violent Juveniles Will Become Adult Criminals
The Myth of Black Crime
The Myth That Mental Illness Causes Crime
Myths about Drug Legalization or Decriminalization
The Myth about Drug Use and Violent Offending
The Myth That White-Collar Crime Is Only about Financial Loss
The Myth That Current Gun Control Policies Reduce Crime
The Myth That Sex Offenders Are Beyond Redemption
The Myth That Stalking Is Not a Serious Crime
Demystifying Terrorism: "Crazy Islamic Terrorists Who Hate Us Because We're Free?"
Law Enforcement
The Myth That the Role of the Police Is to Fight Crime
The Myth That Science Solves Crimes
The Myths Surrounding Policewomen on Patrol
The Myth That Police Use of Force Is Widespread
The Myths of Racial Profiling
The Myth That the Best Police Response to Domestic Violence Is to Arrest the Offender
Administration of Justice
The Myth That the Exclusionary Rule Allows Many Criminals to Escape Justice
The Myth That Punishment Reduces Crime
The Myth That Imprisonment Is the Most Severe Form of Punishment
The Myth That the Death Penalty Is Administered Fairly
The Myth of Closure and Capital Punishment
Corrections
The Myth of Prisons as Country Clubs
The Myth That Prisons Can Be Self-Supporting
Correctional Privatization and the Myth of Inherent Efficiency
The Myth That Correctional Rehabilitation Does Not Work
The Myth That Rehabilitation Is the Focus of Community Corrections
Index

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