You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 0205514103

ISBN-13: 9780205514106

Edition: 2009

Authors: Bruce N. Waller

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This book offers students a unique opportunity to examine strong yet very readable competing views on twenty of the major issues in contemporary criminal justice. It features the works of major writers in the discipline and explores the ideas, orientations and arguments driving the field. Each essay quickly draws readers into the debate using accompanying questions and encourages readers to assess arguments and determine their own conclusions.Where to Find Moresections highlight additional resources that can be used to explore each issue in more detail.For anyone interested in the criminal justice system
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Book details

List price: $86.20
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Bruce N. Waller is Professor of Philosophy at Youngstown State University. He is the author of Against Moral Responsibility (MIT Press).

Should the Police Practice Discretion When Enforcing the Law?
Police Should Exercise Discretion in Deciding When to Arrest
Police Discretion Has No Place in a Democracy
Should the Police Use Trickery and Deceit in Investigations and Interrogations?
Some Police Deceit and Trickery Is Legitimate
Lying by Police Should Be Generally Prohibited
Should a Victims' Rights Amendment Be Added to the U.S. Constitution?
The Constitution Should Include a Victims' Rights Amendment
There Should Be No Victims' Rights Amendment
Should the Use of Jailhouse Informants Be Abolished?
Jailhouse Informants Are a Legitimate Part of the Criminal Justice System
Use of Jailhouse Informants Promotes Injustice
Is Plea Bargaining a Legitimate Way of Settling Criminal Cases?
Plea Bargaining Should Be Abolished
Plea Bargaining Can Be Acceptable and Fair
Must Juries Be Cross-Sectional Representations of the Community?
Fair Deliberation Rather Than Cross-Sectional Representation Is the Goal
Cross-Sectional Representation is Essential for Jury Fairness
Jury Nullification: Should Jurors Ever Refuse to Follow the Law?
Jurors Should Be Permitted to Follow Their Consciences
Jurors Should Always Follow the Law
Is the Restorative Justice Model the Best Model for Criminal Justice?
Restorative Justice Promises Much More Than It Can Deliver
Restorative Justice Is a Major Advance Over Conventional Criminal Justice
Should Shaming Be an Element of Criminal Punishment?
Legitimate Criminal Punishment Requires Shaming the Person Convicted
There Are No Positive Grounds for Shaming Punishments
Should There Be Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Criminal Offenses?
Mandatory Minimums Are Good Policy
Mandatory Minimum Sentences Are a Disaster
Is Selective Incapacitation An Effective Policy for Reducing Crime?
Selective Incapacitation Is the Best Model for Stopping Criminal Behavior
Selective Incapacitation is an Ineffective Criminal Policy
Supermax Prisons: Valuable or Vile?
Supermax Prisons are a Valuable Element of the Correctional System
Supermax Prisons Are Part of the Problem Rather Than the Solution
What Are the Rights of Criminals and Prisoners?
The Rights of Prisoners Should be Restricted
The Rights of Prisoners Must Be Protected
Should There Be Laws Requiring Registration and Community Notification for Convicted Sex Offenders?
There Should Be Laws Requiring Community Notification of the Presence of Convicted Sex Offenders
Community Notification Laws Do More Harm Than Good
Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
The Death Penalty Is Morally Justifiable
The Death Penalty Is Morally Wrong
Are Boot Camps a Good Way to Deal With Youthful Offenders?
Juvenile Boot Camps Can Be Promising Programs
Juvenile Boot Camps Raise Serious Questions
Should We Eliminate the Special System of Juvenile Justice?
The Distinct Juvenile Justice System Should Be Eliminated
The Juvenile Justice System Must Be improved and Preserved
Should We Continue the "War on Drugs"?
The War on Illegal Drugs Must Continue
The War on Drugs Is Counterproductive
Is the Patriot Act a Necessary Protection Against Terrorism Or a Threat to Our Civil Liberties?
The Patriot Act Is a Necessary Protection Against Terrorism
The Patriot Act Is a Threat to Our Civil Liberties
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