Part of the Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice series, this text is a formative work that discusses the concepts of community within the context of justice policy and programs. This philosophy ties together a number of influential changes in the system: the success of problem solving policing, the expansion of community courts, experiments in neighborhood probation, and the influence of restorative justice. Clear and Cadora analyze how these changes in the system are a dramatic shift that illuminates how concerns for social justice merge with criminal justice innovations to provide new solutions to many system ills under the banner of Community Justice.
Todd R. Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is currently involved in studies of religion and crime, the criminological implications of "place," and the concept of "community justice." He serves as founding editor of the journal Criminology and Public Policy. Previous writing covers the topics of correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. Clear has been elected to national office in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has served as a programming and policy consultant to public agencies in over 40 states and five nations, and his work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. Clear is the author of three books on community justice: COMMUNITY JUSTICE (Cengage Learning), WHAT IS COMMUNITY JUSTICE? (Sage), and THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (Westview). He is also author of IMPRISONING COMMUNITIES: HOW MASS INCARCERATION MAKES DISADVANTAGED PLACES WORSE (Oxford University Press).
Eric Cadora is a Grants Officer at the Open Society Institute's Criminal Justice Initiative in New York City. He also works as an independent consultant on community justice issues, specializing in mapping analyses of criminal justice data. For many years he served as Research and Policy Director at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, New York State's largest alternative to incarceration program.