The Criminal Justice System: Politics and Policies / Edition 10

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How do American politics and policies affect the working of our criminal justice systems?

You'll find the timely and provocative answers in this collection of articles -- 27 classic and contemporary readings that encourage you to think critically about the criminal justice system and the links between politics, law, and the administration of justice. Cole and Gertz's diverse selection offers an in-depth look at crime policies and many other relevant and newsworthy topics that will help you understand the intricate connections between policy and law.

With a stronger focus on policy analysis and critiques than in the past editions, this important revision includes:

  • 27 articles that examine the ever-increasing role of policy makers and the political community on the workings of the criminal justice system
  • Timely, new introductions to each article that offer current and concise information about concepts and doctrines to help you gain perspective
  • Current topics such as racial disparity in the system, community-oriented policing, the death penalty, prison gangs, and prosecutorial discretion in domestic violence cases
  • An exclusive focus on policy issues, including both conservative and liberal views of crime control policies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111346638
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 509,340
  • Product dimensions: 2.48 (w) x 3.54 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Cole is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He has been recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he has published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts, and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he has been granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia.

Marc G. Gertz is a professor at Florida State University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976. His interests include public law/judicial process and behavior, administration of criminal justice, public administration/organization theory, public policy in the criminal justice system, American politics, and research methods. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Amy Bunger specializes in public policy, and her research interests include public law and public opinion, political culture, public policy modeling and formation, and early intervention strategies. She has worked in trial court administration, and has provided technical assistance to state and local criminal justice agencies.

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Table of Contents

I Politics and the administration of justice 1
1 Two models of the criminal process 9
2 Racial politics, racial disparities, and the war on crime 24
3 The media, moral panics, and the politics of crime control 41
4 Criminal justice, legal values, and the rehabilitative ideal 62
II Police 71
5 Police discretion not to invoke the criminal process : low-visibility decisions in the administration of justice 77
6 Broken windows : the police and neighborhood safety 96
7 A sketch of the policeman's "working personality" 109
8 The preventive effects of arrest on intimate partner violence 127
9 Police use of deadly force : research and reform 152
III The adversarial process 169
10 The decision to prosecute 178
11 Adapting to plea bargaining : prosecutors 189
12 The practice of law as confidence game : organization co-optation of a profession 211
13 Indigent defenders get the job done and done well 227
IV Courts 251
14 The criminal court community in Erie County, Pennsylvania 257
15 The process is the punishment : handling cases in a lower criminal court 280
16 Maintaining the myth of individualized justice : probation presentence reports 292
V Corrections 309
17 Between prison and probation : toward a comprehensive punishment system 314
18 Racial disproportion in US prisons 328
19 The society of captives : the defects of total power 349
20 Mature coping : the challenge of adjustment in contemporary prisons 365
21 Well-governed prisons are possible 387
22 What works? : questions and answers about prison reform 397
23 Reentry reconsidered : a new look at an old question 415
VI Policy perspectives 435
24 Black man's burden : race and the death penalty in America 439
25 Unintended consequences of politically popular sentencing policy : the homicide promoting effects of "three strikes" in U.S. cities (1980-1999) 456
26 An overview of gun control policy in the United States 470
27 Between politics and reason : drugs and crime 488
28 Putting justice back into criminal justice : notes for a liberal criminal justice policy 502
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