Critical Issues in Crime and Justice


Critical Issues in Crime and Justice



Edited by Albert R. Roberts ; foreword by Roslyn Muraskin.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Diane C. Dwyer and former faculty member Roger B. McNally: Public policy and prison industries for the 1990s.

Critical Issues in Crime and Justice provides a comprehensive examination of the current critical issues and policy dilemmas within the American criminal justice system. Developed for introductory courses on the American criminal justice system and its related components, the book begins with an overview of criminal justice and a case exemplar on criminal justice processing. The authors examine the successes, failures, and trends of law enforcement, as well as juvenile justice, the courts, and correctional systems. Each chapter is authored by a recognized authority on the specific topic and timely case illustrations and trend data are presented throughout. Policy and model program examples from many of the 50 states and end-of-chapter summaries are included to further students' comprehension. Discussion questions are found at the conclusion of each chapter. This volume is an excellent primary or supplementary text for Introduction to Criminal Justice and related courses.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 1994.

xxvi, 329 p. ; 24 cm.


Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance


Social Work


Located in Drake Library at: HV9950 .C77 1994

CONTENTS: Crime in America / Albert R. Roberts -- Case exemplar on criminal justice processing / Donald J. Sears -- Burglary / Paul Cromwell -- Sex offenders / Lori Koester Scott -- White-collar crime / Charles F. Wellford and Barton L. Ingraham -- Education versus training / Bruce L. Berg -- Police use of excessive force / Mark Blumberg -- Community policing / Joseph F. Ryan -- Auto theft / Mary Ellen Beekman -- National trends in offenses and case dispositions / C. Aaron McNeece -- Inner city adolescents and drug abuse / John G. Robertson and Judith E. Waters -- Recent developments in programming for high-risk juvenile parolees / Troy L. Armstrong and David M. Altschuler -- Determinant sentencing / N. Gary Holten and Roger Handberg -- Plea bargaining / Patricia A. Payne -- Court responses to battered women and reform legislation / Albert R. Roberts -- Jail overcrowding / Michael Welch -- Public policy and prison industries for the 1990s / Diane C. Dwyer and Roger B. McNally -- Changing patterns and trends in parole supervision / Cheryl L. Ringel, Ernest L. Cowles, and Thomas C. Castellano.

Critical Issues in Crime and Justice