Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State

Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State

by Joe Domanick



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520205949
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joe Domanick is an award-winning investigative journalist and author, described in the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most outspoken of the breed . . . a muckraking journalist . . . [who] continues to pound away at police officials . . . and other civic center hotshots. In pen and in person he’s got a tough and hungry manner that makes them uncomfortable." He is a Senior Fellow in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern California Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism. His last book, To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams (1994), won the 1995 Edgar Award for Best True Fact Crime.

Table of Contents

Part 1Senseless Acts
1.Kimber Reynolds: Outside the Daily Planet13
2.The Natural18
3.Justice Seldom Seen in America22
4.Mike Reynolds's World26
Part 2.The Steamroller
5.Mike Reynolds's Law37
6.A Menace to Society44
7.A Child of the '50s48
8.Roots of the Backlash58
9.The New Yellow Press67
10.Tough Love: Sue Reams and Her Boy69
11."Weird Ducks and Blind Fools"76
Part 3.The Poster Child and Willie Horton
12.Right Out of Her Own Bedroom93
13.Another Piercing Scream100
14."Guns Don't Kill People"106
15.The Prince of "J" Street: Don Novey Comes On Board111
16.Polly Klaas: America's Child116
17.Happily Shaking Fate's Sorry Hand123
18.Checking the Weather Vane142
Part 4.Rocks the Size of Peas
19.Looking East, Looking West149
20.Say Hello to Hitler, Dahmer, and Bundy153
21.Pizza Face156
22.Another Reynolds Bill: "Ten, Twenty, Life"167
23.Jean Valjean Redux174
Part 5.The Counterrevolution (Sort of)
24.The More Committed Executioner195
25.Lenny, Drug Court, and Three Strikes200
26.The Modification223
27.Shane and A. J.231
28.A "Taliban-Type" Law240
Selected Sources301

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