Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 1577663586
ISBN-13: 9781577663584
Edition: 4th 2005
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Description: "This innovative alternative to traditional textbooks provides insightful observations of myths and trends in criminal justice. The authors dissect popular images of crimes and criminals in a cogent, compelling, and engaging manner. They confront  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Waveland Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

"This innovative alternative to traditional textbooks provides insightful observations of myths and trends in criminal justice. The authors dissect popular images of crimes and criminals in a cogent, compelling, and engaging manner. They confront the misleading statistics and fears that form the basis of myths - and the collateral damage of basing policies on mythical beliefs. The text encourages skepticism about commonly accepted beliefs and provides the tools necessary for critical thinking about complex problems."--BOOK JACKET.

The social construction of crime myths
Crime waves, fears, and social reality
The myth and fear of missing children
Myth and murder : the serial killer panic
Of stalkers and murder : spreading myth to common crime
Organized crime : the myth of an underworld empire
Corporate crime and "higher immorality"
Apocalypse now : the lost war on drugs
Juvenile superpredators : the myths of killer kids, dangerous schools, and a youth crime wave
Battered and blue crime fighters : myths and misconceptions of police work
Order in the courts : the myth of equal justice
Cons and country clubs : the mythical utility of punishment
The myth of a lenient criminal justice system
Capital punishment : the myth of murder as effective crime control
Merging myths and misconceptions of crime and justice

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