Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities: A Policy Guide / Edition 7

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Overview

Samuel Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT CRIME, DRUGS, AND COMMUNITIES was one of the first books to challenge common misconceptions about crime, and the new Seventh Edition remains uniquely effective at doing so. Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies on everything from crime control, to guns, to drugs, this incisive text cuts through popular myths and political rhetoric while emphasizing current research and proven practice. The result is a distinctly lucid, research-based work that clearly reveals what does not work in crime policy while identifying shared characteristics of successful approaches, including carefully defined, narrowly focused, problem-oriented programs in policing and prosecution. This engaging text captures the full complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of its key principles and general patterns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495809876
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/5/2010
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 195,919
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he taught for 31 years before retiring in 2005. 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 Intervention Systems (EIS) systems. Originally trained as a historian, he is completing a book on U.S. presidents and civil liberties. His personal web site, with information on police accountability is http://samuewalker.net.

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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 Prediction Problem 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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