Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs: A Policy Guide / Edition 6

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Overview

Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE was the first book to challenge common misconceptions about crime and remains the most effective at doing so. Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies - on everything from crime control to guns to drugs - Walker cuts through myths and political rhetoric and confronts both conservative and liberal propositions relative to current research and proven effectiveness. The result is a research-based, lucid work that stimulates critical thinking and enlivens class discussions. Walker captures the complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of the general patterns.

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The fifth edition represents a substantial revision of Walker's (criminal justice, U. of Nebraska-Omaha) understanding of crime and the administration of justice. He wrote the first edition in 1985 as a response to the conservative crime control agenda, and included a critique of the liberal approach in order to be balanced, and found it as lacking in empirical validity as the other. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Samuel Walker is Isaacson Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. His current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Warning (EW) systems. Professor Walker currently serves on the Panel on Policing of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

PART I. THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT CRIME. 1. Crime and Policy: A Complex Problem. 2. Models of Criminal Justice. 3. The Going Rate. 4. The Career Criminal. PART II. "GET TOUGH: THE CONSERVATIVE ATTACK ON CRIME. 5. Unleash the Cops! 6. Deter the Criminals. 7. Lock 'Em Up. 8. Close the Loopholes. PART III. THE MIDDLE GROUND: VICTIMS AND GUNS. 9. Protect Crime Victims. 10. Control Gun Crimes. PART IV. Reform: The Liberal Prescription. 11. Treat 'Em! 12. Building Justice and Compliance with the Law. PART V. THE DRUG PROBLEM. 13. Sense and Nonsense About Drugs. PART VI. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: CRIME AND COMMUNITY. 14. Crime and Community.

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