The Handbook of Crime & Punishment

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Law - 803 pages
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Crime is one of the most significant political issues in contemporary American society. Crime control statistics and punishment policies are subjects of constant partisan debate, while the media presents sensationalized stories of criminal activity and over-crowded prisons. In the highly politicized arena of crime and justice, empirical data and reasoned analysis are often overlook or ignored. The Handbook of Crime and Punishment, however, provides a comprehensive overview of criminal justice, criminology, and crime control policy, thus enabling a fundamental understanding of crime and punishment essential to an informed public. Expansive in its coverage, the Handbook presents materials on crime and punishment trends as well as timely policy issues. The latest research on the demography of crime (race, gender, drug use) is included and weighty current problems (organized crime, white collar crime, family violence, sex offenders, youth gangs, drug abuse policy) are examined. Processes and institutions that deal with accused and convicted criminals and techniques of punishment are also examined. While some articles emphasize American research findings and developments, others incorporate international research and offer a comparative perspective from other English-speaking countries and Western Europe. Editor Michael Tonry, a leading scholar of criminology, introduces the 28 articles in the volume, each contributed by an expert in the field. Designed for a wide audience, The Handbook is encyclopedic in its range and depth of content, yet is written in an accessible style. The most inclusive and authoritative work on the topic to be found in one volume, this book will appeal to those interested in the study of crime and its causes, effects, trends, and institutions; those interested in the forms and philosophies of punishment; and those interested in crime control.
 

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Contents

Crime Criminal Justice and Public Opinion
31
Minorities Crime and Criminal Justice
58
Gender Crime and Criminology
85
Street Gangs
111
WhiteCollar Crime
133
Organized Crime
159
Family Violence
178
Drug Control
207
American Policing
429
Prosecution
457
Jails
474
The Juvenile Court
509
Sentencing
542
Probation and Parole
563
Prisons
589
Private Prisons
626

Individual Differences and Offending
241
Communities and Crime
269
Economic Conditions Work and Crime
302
Restorative Justice
323
Deterrence and Incapacitation
345
Crime Prevention
369
Treatment of Sex Offenders
403
Penal Theories
659
Intermediate Sanctions
683
Correctional Treatment
712
Capital Punishment
739
Index
777
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Michael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or editor of several well-regarded books on crime and punishment.

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