Criminology Today

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Prentice Hall, 1996 - Criminology - 537 pages
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This is an introduction to American criminology, providing up-to-date real-life accounts to make the subject interesting to students. It details the changing factors involved in white-collar crime, terrorism, high-technology crime, and other forms of crime likely to emerge in the the next century. The study addresses recent social issues and criminological perspectives within a traditional theoretical framework. It compares and contrasts contemporary issues of crime and social order with existing and proposed crime-control policies. Each chapter opens with stories which illustrate the theme within it.

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About the author (1996)

FRANK SCHMALLEGER, Ph.D. is Director of the Justice Research Association, a private consulting firm and think tank focusing on issues of crime and justice. The Justice Research Association, which is based in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, serves the needs of the nation's civil and criminal justice planners and administrators through workshops, conferences, and grant-writing and program-evaluation support. It can be reached on the Web at http: / Dr. Schmalleger is also founder and codirector of the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium (http: /

Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's degree (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years he chaired the university's Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. As an adjunct professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university's graduate program in Security Administration and Loss Prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research's online graduate program, helping build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Web developer, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including some which support this textbook (http: //;http: //; and http: //

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used "Criminology Today" (Prentice Hall, 1999); "Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction" (Prentice Hall, 2001); "Criminal Law Today" (Prentice Hall, 1999), "Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia" (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997), "Trial of the Century: People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson" (Prentice Hall, 1996); "Computers in Criminal Justice" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); "Career Paths: A Guide to Jobs in Federal Law Enforcement" (Regents/Prentice Hall, 1994); "Criminal Justice Ethics" (Greenwood Press, 1991); "Finding Criminal Justice in the Library" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); "Ethics in Criminal Justice" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1990); "A History of Corrections" (Foundations Press of Notre Dame, 1983); and "The Social Basis of Criminal Justice" (University Press of America, 1981).

Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal "The Justice Professional. He serves as editor for the Prentice Hall series "Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century" and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group's criminal justice reference series.

Schmalleger's philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: "To communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person's interest--be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must--in some way--help solve those problems.

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