U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups

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How do 100 major criminal justice groups in the United States work to affect public policies dealing with criminal justice in all its aspects? Institutional analyses are arranged alphabetically, describing the groups in terms of their history, purpose, principal activities and concerns in relation to Congress, and key resource materials. Appendices list the organizations with their addresses and regular publications. The authors summarize their work statistically and provide the survey questionnaire the groups ...

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Overview

How do 100 major criminal justice groups in the United States work to affect public policies dealing with criminal justice in all its aspects? Institutional analyses are arranged alphabetically, describing the groups in terms of their history, purpose, principal activities and concerns in relation to Congress, and key resource materials. Appendices list the organizations with their addresses and regular publications. The authors summarize their work statistically and provide the survey questionnaire the groups all received. A brief bibliography points to a few significant sources on criminal justice groups as a whole. Internal cross-references and a full index make the reference easily accessible to students, teachers, and professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

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Greenwood has published institutional profiles of public-interest law groups, national-security policy groups, agricultural groups, energy and environmental interest groups, and aging-policy interest groups. This latest volume is a directory of 100 groups in the U.S. that work to affect public policies on all aspects of criminal justice. The authors, professors in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University, claim the book "breaks new ground" in that little research has been done about criminal-justice interest groups The guide is divided into three main sections: a directory of criminal-justice interest groups, three appendixes (a survey questionnaire, a statistical summary, and a directory of the groups' regular publications), and a bibliography. The preface describes the methodology used in compiling the guide. The names of criminal-justice interest groups were gathered by consulting the "Encyclopedia of Associations" under the headings "Criminal Justice" and "Law Enforcement"; pursuing hearings on criminal-justice issues held by the U.S. Congress over the past several years; and searching the computerized data files of LEXIS/NEXIS for national newspaper stories The authors then compiled a list of interest groups and mailed a questionnaire to each. No mention is made of how many groups did not return the questionnaire, but the authors emphasize that their book is not exhaustive. Interestingly, in addition to finding groups relating to the three main areas within the criminal-justice system (courts, corrections, and law enforcement), the authors also found a considerable number of governmental agencies and religious organizations that have an interest in criminal-justice policy. Groups covered range from the Fraternal Order of Police and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents to the Death Row Support Project and the Prisoners' Rights Union The entries for the groups are arranged in alphabetical order with numerous helpful cross-references for those that have changed their names. Entries follow a set format: address and telephone number, a brief description of the organization's history and development, a statement of the group's mission, and an indication of where further information on the group can be found This guide will be of value to librarians and researchers in specialized collections. Recommended for purchase by large research collections and special collections in law and criminal justice.
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The American Justice Institute, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the Prison-Ashram Project of the Human Kindness Foundation are some of 100 interest groups profiled. The information on them includes their history, purpose, principal activities in relation to Congress, and key resource materials. A statistical analysis and the questionnaire are also provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

MICHAEL A. HALLETT is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University.

DENNIS J. PALUMBO is Professor in the School of Justice Studies and Director of the Ph.D. Program at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups

Appendixes: Directory

Survey Questionnaire

Statistical Summary

Selected Bibliography

Index

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