Justice Blind?: Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice / Edition 3

Justice Blind?: Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice / Edition 3

by Matthew B. Robinson
ISBN-10:
0135147743
ISBN-13:
9780135147740
Pub. Date:
02/21/2008
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
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Justice Blind?: Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice / Edition 3

Updated in a new 3rd edition, this book is rganized around a “planned change” approach and provides a critical assessment of how well the American criminal justice system achieves its goals. Unlike most other criminal justice books—which cover the traditional topics from the perspective of how “things are supposed to be,” this book compares these ideals with the realities of criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780135147740
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 02/21/2008
Series: Criminal Justice Interactive Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 540
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

SECTION I: THE “CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM”: IDEALS AND REALITIES

Chapter 1 — What is the Criminal Justice System? Ideals

Chapter 2 — The Role of Politics and Ideology in Criminal Justice: Realities

Chapter 3 — The Law: Providing Equal Protection or Creating Bias?

SECTION II: CRIME: IMAGES AND REALITIES

Chapter 4 — Crime: Which is Worse, Crime on the Streets or Crime in the Suites?

Chapter 5 — “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” Media Portrayals of Crime and Criminal Justice

SECTION III: COMPONENTS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: POLICE, COURTS, AND CORRECTIONS

Chapter 6 — Law Enforcement: To Serve and Protect?

Chapter 7— Right to Trial? Injustice in Pretrial and Trial Procedures

Chapter 8 — Punishment: Does it Work and is it Fair?

Chapter 9— Incarceration: Lock ‘Em Up and Forget About ‘Em

SECTION IV: BAD CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY AND HOW TO FIX THIS MESS

Chapter 10 — The Ultimate Sanction: Death as Justice?

Chapter 11 — The “War on Drugs”: Focusing on the Wrong Drugs?

Chapter 12 — The War on Crime as a Threat to Equality: Innocent Bias Against the Poor, People of Color, and Women

Chapter 13 — Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for the Future

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