Dr Vincent Webb received his Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of Iowa. He served as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for over 20 years and as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Arizona State University for seven years. In 2005 he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as Director of the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections. Dr Webb has published in a variety of criminology and criminal justice journals including Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Criminology. He is the coauthor/coeditor of three other books on criminal justice topics. He served as the Principal Investigator for the Joint Commission on Criminal Justice and Criminology Education and Standards. He is a former President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has presented research papers at numerous conference both in the United States and in several other countries, and he has served as a consultant on several national research projects evaluating criminal justice policies and practices.