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From the PublisherCrime, HIV and Health: Intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns is a very welcome addition to the literature. Edited by Bill Sanders, Yonette Thomas and Bethany Deeds, the volume examines the nodes where public health and criminal justice meet. By focusing on drug use, risky sexual behavior, HIV, violence, and delinquency, the chapters in this book illustrate the convergences and divergences between the two perspectives. It is clear that criminal justice has a good deal to learn from public health, and public health in turn can benefit from paying attention to research and practice in criminal justice. The Sanders, Thomas and Deeds volume goes a long way toward defining the way that these two perspectives can work together. This book is required reading for all who want an understanding of how public health and criminal justice can be successfully integrated and form the basis for a successful response to the most pressing social issues of our time.
Scott H. Decker, Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.