The Handbook of Crime and Punishment / Edition 1

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Overview

Crime is one of the most significant political issues in contemporary American society. Crime control statistics and punishment policies are subjects of constant partisan debate, while the media presents sensationalized stories of criminal activity and over-crowded prisons. In the highly politicized arena of crime and justice, empirical data and reasoned analysis are often overlook or ignored. The Handbook of Crime and Punishment, however, provides a comprehensive overview of criminal justice, criminology, and crime control policy, thus enabling a fundamental understanding of crime and punishment essential to an informed public. Expansive in its coverage, the Handbook presents materials on crime and punishment trends as well as timely policy issues. The latest research on the demography of crime (race, gender, drug use) is included and weighty current problems (organized crime, white collar crime, family violence, sex offenders, youth gangs, drug abuse policy) are examined. Processes and institutions that deal with accused and convicted criminals and techniques of punishment are also examined. While some articles emphasize American research findings and developments, others incorporate international research and offer a comparative perspective from other English-speaking countries and Western Europe. Editor Michael Tonry, a leading scholar of criminology, introduces the 28 articles in the volume, each contributed by an expert in the field. Designed for a wide audience, The Handbook is encyclopedic in its range and depth of content, yet is written in an accessible style. The most inclusive and authoritative work on the topic to be found in one volume, this book will appeal to those interested in the study of crime and its causes, effects, trends, and institutions; those interested in the forms and philosophies of punishment; and those interested in crime control.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195140606
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or editor of several well-regarded books on crime and punishment.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Crime and Punishment in America 3
1 Crime, Criminal Justice, and Public Opinion 31
2 Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice 58
3 Gender, Crime, and Criminology 85
4 Street Gangs 111
5 White-Collar Crime 133
6 Organized Crime 159
7 Family Violence 178
8 Drug Control 207
9 Individual Differences and Offending 241
10 Communities and Crime 269
11 Economic Conditions, Work, and Crime 302
12 Restorative Justice 323
13 Deterrence and Incapacitation 345
14 Crime Prevention 369
15 Treatment of Sex Offenders 403
16 American Policing 429
17 Prosecution 457
18 Jails 474
19 The Juvenile Court 509
20 Sentencing 542
21 Probation and Parole 563
22 Prisons 589
23 Private Prisons 626
24 Penal Theories 659
25 Intermediate Sanctions 683
26 Correctional Treatment 712
27 Capital Punishment 739
Index 777
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