Understanding crime, criminals, and criminal justice from a radical/critical perspective is indispensable in today's academic, applied research, and policy sectors. Neglect of this approach leads to narrow-mindedness and the probability of repeating past mistakes or reinventing the wheel. Reading Cutting the Edge will encourage individuals and organizations, especially students and instructors, to think in innovative and new ways experimenting with new policy initiatives designed to improve not only criminal justice,
but social and human justice as well.
“Even for those who appreciated the first edition of the book, this new effort is worth looking at because it captures critical criminology’s emerging focus on not just witnessing the effects of race, crime, and gender on justice, but also advocates a progressive agenda for change…The articles are uniformly well-written, interesting, and challenging…Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice make a substantial contribution toward the development of a criminology that has the potential to change individual lives and social institutions.” –John Randolph Fuller, Critical Sociology
Jeffrey Ian Ross is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs and a research fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Baltimore's Distinguished Chair in Research Award. From 1995-1998, Dr. Ross was a Social Science Analyst with the National Institute of Justice, a Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has researched, written, and lectured primarily on corrections, policing, political crime, violence, global crime and criminal justice, and crime and justice in American Indian communities for over two decades. Ross' work has appeared in many academic journals and books, as well as popular media. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of several books, most recently The Globalization of Supermax Prisons.