Career Criminals in Society / Edition 1

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Career Criminals in Society examines the small but dangerous group of repeat offenders who are most damaging to society. The book encourages readers to think critically about the causes of criminal behavior and the potential of the criminal justice system to reduce crime. Author Matt De Lisi draws upon his own practitioner experience, interviewing criminal defendants to argue that career criminals can be combated only with a combination of prevention efforts and retributive criminal justice system policies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412905541
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,240,051
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt De Lisi (Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2000) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Studies Program at Iowa State University. Dr. De Lisi’s primary areas of study are career criminals and self-control theory and his research has appeared in Advances in Criminological Theory, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Crime & Criminal Justice International, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law & Society, Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Pakistan Journal of Social Science, The Social Science Journal, The Justice Professional, and Women & Criminal Justice. Professor De Lisi is a member of both the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and American Society of Criminology and has delivered nearly 20 presentations to professional criminal justice and social science organizations.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction, Two Glimpses at the Career Criminal
The Life of Crime
Overview of the Book
Practitioner Approach
Chapter 2. The Empirical Evidence of Career Criminals
Historical Background of Career Criminals
Biographies and Typological Studies
The Modern Criminal Career Paradigm
International Contributions
Career Criminal Characteristics
Summary: The Universality of Career Criminals
Chapter 3. Developmental Theory and Its Application
Overview of Developmental Theory
Patterson's Coercion Theory
Moffitt's Developmental Taxonomy
Sampson and Laub's Age-graded Theory of Informal Social Control and Cumulative Disadvantage
Thornberry's Interactional Theory
Social Development Model
Developmental Theory in Action: A Review of Some Successful Prevention Policies
Strategies that Help to Forestall Career Criminality
Chapter 4. The Challenges Posed by Propensity Theory
Overview of Propensity Theories as they relate to Career Criminals
The Implicit and Explicit Role of Psychopathological Conditions
Wilson and Herrnstein's Crime and Human Nature
Gottfredson and Hirschi's A General Theory of Crime
The Gottfredson and Hirschi Critiques
Theoretical Challenges and Summary Issues
Chapter 5. The Politics of Career Criminals
The Ethical Quandaries of Prediction
Media Portrayals of Career Criminals
The Criminological Significance of Career Criminals
The Sympathetic Life of Career Criminals
The Mercurial Criminal Justice System
Academics and Career Criminals
Constructing the Career Criminal
Chapter 6. The Criminal Justice System and Career Criminals
Introduction and Overview
The Police and Career Criminals
The Courts and Career Criminals
Corrections and Career Criminals
Capital Punishment and Career Criminals
Chapter 7. Conclusion, Do We Have the Will to Stop Career Criminals?
Prevention and the Conservative Compromise
Retributive Justice and the Liberal Compromise

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