Criminal Justice Theory Explaining the Nature and Behavior of Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 0415954800
ISBN-13: 9780415954808
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Criminal Justice Theory is the first comprehensive volume on the theoretical foundations of criminal justice. The authors argue that theory in criminal justice is currently underdeveloped and inconsistently applied, especially in comparison to the role of theory in the study of crime itself. In the diverse range of essays included here, the authors and contributors integrate examples from the study of criminal justice systems, judicial decision-making, courtroom communities, and correctional systems, building the argument that students of criminal justice must not evaluate their discipline solely on the basis of the effectiveness of specific measures in reducing the crime rate. Rather, if they hope to improve the system, they must acquire a systematic knowledge of the causes behind the structures, policies, and practices of criminal justice.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Theory
The Nature, Method, and Boundaries of Criminal Justice Theory
Foundations of Criminal Justice Theory
Durkheim's Comparative Method and Criminal Justice Theory
Neglect of Justice in Criminal Justice Theory: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives
Theories of Policing
Explaining Police Organizations
Understanding Variety in Urban Community Policing: An Institutional Theory Approach
Individual and Community Level Theories of the Courts
Assessing Blameworthiness and Assigning Punishment: Theoretical Perspectives on Judicial Decision Making
Courts and Communities: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis
Testing Correctional Sector Theories: Two Examples
A Test of a Turnover Intent Model: The Issue of Correctional Staff Satisfaction and Commitment
Examining Correctional Resources: A Cross-Sectional Study of the States
Conclusion
Directions for Theory and Theorizing in Criminal Justice
References
About the Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index

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