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The text also incorporates the following pedagogical features:
* An introduction of key concepts
* Critical thinking questions
* Internet websites for further research
Part One: The Nature of American Crime
Issue I. National Drug Control Policy: Should We Legalize Drugs?
Issue II. Guns and Crime: Should We Relax Gun Permit Laws?
Issue III. Intelligence and Crime: Do Those with Less Intelligence Commit More Crime?
Issue IV. Terrorism: How Far Should the Government Go In Protecting Against Terrorists?
Part Two: Law Enforcement and Community Policing
Issue V. Police Organizations: Should Police Organizations Model Themselves More Like the Military?
Issue VI. Community Oriented Policing? Are We There Yet?
Issue VII. Zero-Tolerance Policing: Is It Effective in Reducing Crime?
Issue VIII. Racial Profiling: Do the Police Target Minorities For Traffic Stops?
Part Three: Administering Criminal Law in the Courts
Issue IX. Does the Federal Grand Jury Adequately Perform its Screening Role?
Issue X. Are Drug Courts a Promising Pre-Trial Strategy?
Issue XI. Should Cameras be in the Courtroom During Criminal Trials?
Part Four: Punishment of Offenders
Issue XII. Lock 'Em Up: Do We Overuse Imprisonment as a Punishment Strategy?
Issue XIII. Beyond Revenge: Will the Restorative Justice Paradigm Achieve Its Intended Goals?
Issue XIV. For Profit or Punishment: Should Jails and Prisons be Privatized?
Issue XV. Is it a Good Idea to House Juveniles in Adult Correctional Facilities?
Issue XVI. Megan's Law: Should neighbors be notified when a sex offender is released into their community?
Posted May 30, 2008