Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Public Policy, And Practice / Edition 1

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Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Public Policy and Practice provides the latest information to help students understand the many different types of violent offenders we hear about in the media daily, from homicide and sex offenders to financial predators and street criminals to serial killers and career criminals. The authors have compiled original scholarship from an international collection of applied and academic criminologists to provide students with a realistic and cutting-edge view of why people commit violent crimes and how our criminal justice system, as a whole, responds to these offenders and these violent acts. The text is divided into three sections. Part one covers the theoretical and disciplinary foundations of the study of violent behavior, spanning the disciplines of sociology, psychology, biology, and neuroscience. Part two discusses empirical and topical linkages to criminological subjects, including homicide offenders and victims, sex offenders, and gang members. Part three explores public policy and practical applications describing the various ways that criminal justice systems respond to violent offenders from the insightful perspectives of people who work among violent offenders on a daily basis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763754792
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Contributors viii

1 The Importance of Violent Offenders to Criminology Matt DeLisi Peter J. Conis Kevin M. Beaver 1

2 Where I'm From: Criminal Predators and Their Environments Andy Hochstetler Heith Copes 15

3 The Behavioral Genetics of Predatory Criminal Behavior John Paul Wright Kevin M. Beaver 33

4 The Socialization of Violent Criminal Offenders: Notes from the Theory of Differential Oppression Robert M. Regoli John D. Hewitt Matt DeLisi 49

5 Biosocial Dynamics: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Violence and Predation Michael G. Vaughn 63

6 Early Risk Factors for Young Homicide Offenders and Victims David P. Farrington Rolf Loeber Rebecca Stallings Doni Lynn Homish 79

7 Generality of Deviance and Predation: Crime-Switching and Specialization Patterns in Persistent Sexual Offenders Patrick Lussier Benoit Leclerc Jay Healey Jean Proulx 97

8 Comparing Women and Men Who Kill Jennifer Schwartz 119

9 Gang Involvement and Predatory Crime Jean Marie McGloin 141

10 Still Psychopathic After All These Years Matt DeLisi Michael G. Vaughn 155

11 The Heterogeneity of Predatory Behaviors in Sexual Homicide Eric Beauregard 169

12 Criminal Predatory Behavior in the Federal Bureau of Prisons Glenn D. Walters 191

13 Civil Commitment Laws for Sexual Predators Roxann M. Ryan 205

14 Prosecuting Criminal Predators Denise Timmins 221

15 Institutional Misconduct Among Capital Murderers Mark D. Cunningham 237

16 Sex Offenders on the Internet: Cyber-Struggles for the Protection of Children Frank Kardasz 255

17 Sex Offender Registries and Criminal Predators Shelley L. Reese 273

18 Domestic Abuse Program-Generated Risks of Battered Women Kirsten Faisal Laurie Schipper 287

Index 301

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