The Cheesecake Theory of Crime is an offbeat guidebook for laypersons about crime and justice in America. The reader will gain practical insights about how justice is administered, why most people commit crimes, and where does it all end. It is an unorthodox treatment of many sensitive issues linked to crime and the inequities of justice applied on a daily basis. The commentary includes topics such as questionable police practices, false results from crime labs, wrongful convictions, coerced plea bargains, judicial corruption, and why crime is good for business, among many other topics. The author is a 30-year veteran of criminal justice as a practitioner, educator, scholar, author, ex-delinquent, victim and social critic. This book is a collection of twelve chapters that include many awkward questions meant to challenge the reader's perspectives and opinions about crime and deviance. The Cheesecake Theory is the centerpiece of the analysis. The narrative describes how and why the criminal justice system has become a fractured state of affairs in urgent need of repair. The gross inequalities of capitalism, for instance, and cultural fixations with power and race may have tilted the nation toward a massive social upheaval. Nowhere is this more visible than in the routine administration of justice. Also, the book questions the great myths of justice and fairness and offers some practical alternatives to those popular illusions. The author offers very different, politically incorrect, and a bad-mannered set of observations to explain why justice and fairness have become mutually exclusive ideas in our society. An assortment of critical judicial procedures and processes such as discovery and qualified immunity are cited. Moreover, a number of practical remedies are also enclosed as well as a variety of speculations about the primary causes of crime. The reader is encouraged to pack a reliable compass for this journey through the maze of criminal justice in America...
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About the Author
Daniel Campagna, Ph.D. is the author of several books, the latest of which is The Cheesecake Theory of Crime. He has published in the areas of sexual trafficking of children, textbooks for elementary grade students, board wargames, resource manuals, assorted articles, two plays, and various academic pieces. Upcoming works in progress include a series of science fiction novellas and the publication of his second play - Capone. A former pro basketball player in Europe, the author has an extremely eclectic range of achievements. A few of these include serving as a mayor, campus CEO, world traveler, thrice tenured professor of Criminal Justice, special investigator, and appearances on numerous media shows from Oprah to BBC. Dr. Campagna writes provocative, often insensitive social commentary grounded in facts and evidence (see Cheesecake Theory of Crime). After toiling several decades in the iron mines of money making and climbing the broken ladders to executive roles, he is semi-retired and resides in the Carolinas with his wife, one dog (Matisse), and three children with four remarkable grandkids. At long last he is able to cut loose and write full time on a very wide range of topics. In addition, he intends to continue his interests in learning Italian, making stained glass cued to Native American themes, and understanding how best we can make transform our oligarchic system of power into a wonderful amusement park for the other 95% of society.