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Bohm and Walker's thought-provoking volume addresses many of the American public's misconceptions about crime and criminal justice. These understandings are often inaccurate and based on myths. Each of this anthology's 27 chapters demystifies or debunks one of these current myths, setting the record straight. Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice is organized to follow a logical progression through the criminal justice process. Part One addresses myths about crime; Part Two examines myths about law enforcement; Part Three investigates myths about the administration of justice; and Part Four focuses on myths about punishment and corrections.

A unique feature of the book is that every chapter follows the same format. Each chapter opens with a brief section introducing a myth or a set of myths about a particular topic. Next follows the "Kernel of Truth" section, which identifies accurate aspects of the myth or myths. The authors assume that for myths to be believable and accepted, they usually must contain at least a kernel of truth. In the third section, "The Truth or Facts," the authors debunk the myth or myths by providing evidence. This is followed by "Interests Served by the Myth," which illuminates how the interests of specific individuals or groups are promoted by the creation and perpetuation of the myth or myths. Finally, "Policy Implications of Belief in the Myth" highlights some of the practical and often undesirable consequences of belief in the myth or myths. Written in clear, accessible language, Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice engages the reader with straightforward analysis, cutting-edge information, and research. Designed to stimulate critical thinking andclass discussion, this mindset-challenging volume offers students a deeper understanding of crime and criminal justice.

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"This volume presents reasonable arguments questioning conventional wisdom on provocative, topical issues in criminal justice. The approach offers students an opportunity to think and discern what they believe, and how these 'myths' reflect how they really know what they think they know."--Jeffrey P. Rush, University of Louisiana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199843831
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 286,854
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Bohm is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.

Jeffery T. Walker is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Table of Contents

* New to this edition
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Introduction, Robert M. Bohm and Jeffery T. Walker
Section 1: Crime
* 1: The Myth of Accurate Crime Measurement, Clayton Mosher
* 2: The Myth That "Criminals" Are Fundamentally Different from "Noncriminals," Walter S. DeKeseredy
* 3: The Myth of Rational Choice as an Explanation for Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique, Joseph L. Nedelec, Joseph A. Schwartz, and Kevin M. Beaver
* 4: The Myth That Violent Juvenile Offenders Will Become Adult Criminals, Stacy C. Moak
5: The Myth of Black Crime, Katheryn Russell-Brown
6: The Myth That Mental Illness Causes Crime, Bruce A. Arrigo and Heather Y. Bersot
7: Myths About Drug Legalization or Decriminalization, Barbara Sims and Michael Kenney
8: The Myth About Drug Use and Violent Offending, Henry H. Brownstein
9: The Myth That White-Collar Crime Is Only About Financial Loss, David O. Friedrichs
* 10: The Myth That Current Gun Control Policies Reduce Crime, Sean Maddan
* 11: The Myth That Sex Offenders Are Beyond Redemption, Jill S. Levenson
* 12: The Myth That Stalking Is Not a Serious Crime, Stacy L. Mallicoat and Amy I. Cass
13: Demystifying Terrorism: "Crazy Islamic Terrorists Who Hate Us Because We're Free?", Paul Leighton
Section 2: Law Enforcement
14: The Myth That the Role of the Police Is to Fight Crime, David E. Barlow and Melissa Hickman Barlow
15: The Myth That Science Solves Crimes, Gary Cordner
16: The Myths About Policewomen on Patrol, Kim Lersch
* 17: The Myth That Police Use of Force Is Widespread, William R. King and Matthew C. Matusiak
18: The Myths of Racial Profiling, Michael Buerger
* 19: The Myth That the Best Police Response to Domestic Violence Is to Arrest the Offender, Martin D. Schwartz
Section 3: Administration of Justice
* 20: The Myth That the Exclusionary Rule Allows Many Criminals to Escape Justice, Craig Hemmens
21: The Myth That Punishment Reduces Crime, Raymond Michalowski
22: The Myth That Imprisonment Is the Most Severe Form of Punishment, Peter B. Wood
23: The Myth That the Death Penalty Is Administered Fairly, Brandon Applegate
24: The Myth of Closure and Capital Punishment, James R. Acker
Section 4: Corrections
25: The Myth of Prisons as Country Clubs, Beth Pelz, Marilyn McShane, and Frank P. Williams III
26: The Myth That Prisons Can Be Self-Supporting, Mary Parker
27: Correctional Privatization and the Myth of Inherent Efficiency, Curtis Blakely and John Ortiz Smykla
28: The Myth That Correctional Rehabilitation Does Not Work, Francis T. Cullen and Paula Smith
29: The Myth That Rehabilitation Is the Focus of Community Corrections, Mark Jones

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