Career Criminals in Society

Career Criminals in Society

by Matt DeLisi, Matthew J. Delisi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412905532

ISBN-13: 9781412905534

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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 DeLisi draws upon his own practitioner experience, interviewing

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Overview

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 DeLisi 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412905534
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Introduction, Two Glimpses at the Career Criminal
The Life of Crime
Overview of the Book
Practitioner Approach
Summary
Chapter 2. The Empirical Evidence of Career Criminals
Introduction
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
Endnotes
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
Summary
Endnotes
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
Conclusion
Endnotes
Chapter 5. The Politics of Career Criminals
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Endnotes
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
Endnotes
Chapter 7. Conclusion, Do We Have the Will to Stop Career Criminals?
Overview
Prevention and the Conservative Compromise
Retributive Justice and the Liberal Compromise
Conclusion
Endnotes
References

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