Justice Blind?: Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice / Edition 3by Matthew B. Robinson
Pub. Date: 02/21/2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Updated in a new 3rd edition, this book is rganized around a “planned change” approach and provides a critical assessment of how well the American criminal justice system achieves its goals. Unlike most other criminal justice books—which cover the traditional topics from the perspective of how “things are supposed to be,” this book compares these ideals with the realities of criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: THE “CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM”: IDEALS AND REALITIES
Chapter 1 — What is the Criminal Justice System? Ideals
Chapter 2 — The Role of Politics and Ideology in Criminal Justice: Realities
Chapter 3 — The Law: Providing Equal Protection or Creating Bias?
SECTION II: CRIME: IMAGES AND REALITIES
Chapter 4 — Crime: Which is Worse, Crime on the Streets or Crime in the Suites?
Chapter 5 — “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” Media Portrayals of Crime and Criminal Justice
SECTION III: COMPONENTS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: POLICE, COURTS, AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 6 — Law Enforcement: To Serve and Protect?
Chapter 7— Right to Trial? Injustice in Pretrial and Trial Procedures
Chapter 8 — Punishment: Does it Work and is it Fair?
Chapter 9— Incarceration: Lock ‘Em Up and Forget About ‘Em
SECTION IV: BAD CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY AND HOW TO FIX THIS MESS
Chapter 10 — The Ultimate Sanction: Death as Justice?
Chapter 11 — The “War on Drugs”: Focusing on the Wrong Drugs?
Chapter 12 — The War on Crime as a Threat to Equality: Innocent Bias Against the Poor, People of Color, and Women
Chapter 13 — Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for the Future
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