Myths and Realities of Crime and Justice What Every American Should Know

ISBN-10: 0763755745
ISBN-13: 9780763755744
Edition: 2009
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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date: 6/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 367
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

For all their interest in crime, most Americans know relatively little about the reality of crime and the criminal justice system in the United States and most of what Americans do know is a loose col

Steven E. Barkanis professor of sociology at the University of Maine, where he has taught since 1979. His teaching and research interests include criminology, sociology of law, and social movements. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and had previously served as a member of the SSSP Board of Directors, as chair of its Law and Society Division and Editorial and Publications Committee, and as an advisory editor of its journal,Social Problems.nbsp;He has served on the student paper award committees of the Crime, Law, and Deviance and Sociology of Law sections of the American Sociological Association. Professor Barkan has written many journal articles dealing with topics such as racial prejudice and death penalty attitudes, views on police brutality, political trials, and feminist activism. These articles have appeared in theAmerican Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry,and other journals. He has also authored the forthcoming text,Law and Society: An Introduction, with Prentice Hall. nbsp; Professor Barkan welcomes comments from students and faculty about this book. They may email him at BARKAN@MAINE.EDU or send regular mail to: nbsp;Department of Sociology, 5728 Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469-5728.

Preface
Acknowledgments
What No One Is Telling You About Crime and Justice
Crime, Criminals, and Why We All Need to Know About Them
Getting Tough? The U.S. Criminal Justice System in Crisis
Who We Are and Why We Wrote This Book
The Crime Problem
Fear and Loathing: Don't Believe Everything You See in the Newspapers or on Television
If You Build It, They Will Come (and Then Leave): The War on Crime and the Growth of Prisons
Dirty Secrets of Criminal Justice
How Much Crime Is There and Who Commits It?
How Crimes Are Counted
Who Commits Crime?
Robbers, Rapists, and Serial Killers: Violent Crime in America
Homicide
Serial Killers
Mass Murder
Rape: A Crime of Power, Not Sex
Robbery
The Churches and Sexual Abuse
Hookers, Dopers, and Corporate Crooks: Economic, Exploitive, and Consensual Crime
Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Corporate Crime
Identity Theft
Illegal Drug Use
Prostitution
Victims and Victimization: Will You Be Next?
Victim Characteristics
The Cost and Consequences of Victimization
Victims and Offenders
The Victims Movement
Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004
Crime and Criminal Law: Order, Liberty, and Justice for All?
Order Versus Liberty in American Democracy
Types of Crime: Felonies and Misdemeanors
When Is an Act a Crime and When Is It Not a Crime? The Elements of Criminal Behavior
When Is a Defendant Not Responsible for Committing a Crime? Legal Defenses to Criminal Charges
The Rights of Suspects and Defendants: Controversy and the U.S. Constitution
Why They Break the Law
Rational Choice and Deterrence
Biological and Psychological Explanations
Sociological Explanations
Theory and Policy, or How to Reduce Crime and How Not to Reduce It
Taking It to the Streets: Cops on the Job
The Organization of Law Enforcement
Police: White, Black, Male, Female, Straight, and Gay
The Police and Crime Rates
Doing Police Work
Police Discretion
The Police and Profiling
Militarizing the Police
Police Deviance: When the Good Guys Are Bad Guys
Sexual Predators in Blue
Police and the Use of Force
Policing the Police
Pretrial Procedures and Plea Bargaining: From Arrest to "Let's Make a Deal"
Pretrial Procedures
The Courtroom as a Clubhouse
Plea Bargaining
Criminal Trials and Courtroom Issues: Convicting the Innocent, Exonerating the Guilty
The Criminal Trial
Jury Nullification
Wrongful Convictions: Factually Innocent but Legally Guilty
Fingerprints: Proof Positive?
"Is That All the Evidence You Have?" The CSI Effect
Prisons and Jails: Punishment at Any Cost?
Such an Ordeal: Prisons Yesterday and Today
Life Behind Bars: Myths Versus Reality
Women in Prison: Sexism in Captivity
The Death Penalty Debate
Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice
Probation and Parole
Juvenile Justice: Youths at Risk?
Conclusion: What Every American Should Know
What Do We Know About Crime?
What Should We Do About Crime?
How Can We Help Crime Victims?
How Can We Improve the Justice System?
Keeping Your Family Safe
Keeping Your Family Off the Police Blotter
References
Index

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