SUNY series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies

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The French Connection in Criminology

Brings the insights of postmodernism to the concerns of criminology and includes examples of how social theory can function in the real-world realm of criminal law. Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems

Psychological Jurisprudence

A critical look at the relationship between law and psychology.

Selective Incapacitation and Public Policy

Using cutting-edge methodologies, this book evaluates California's measures to protect the public from dangerous criminals.

Race in the Jury Box

Discusses race-conscious jury selection and highlights strategies for achieving racially mixed juries.

Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies

A new theory accounts for the characteristics of individual police departments.

Punishing the Mentally Ill

A provocative exploration of a wide range of controversies in mental health law, this book argues that the criminal justice system punishes citizens for being mentally ill.

Law, Psychology, and Justice

A provocative critique of the relationship between the legal system and psychology that uses chaos theory to offer a more humane alternative.

Constitutive Criminology at Work

Provides the first applications of constitutive criminology, a theoretical framework inspired by postmodernism, to specific areas of criminological practice.

Citizen Perspectives on Community Policing

Examines the perspectives of inner-city residents in Athens, Georgia on policing, community policing, and the co-production of law enforcement.

Social Worlds of Sentencing

Combines quantitative and qualitative data in a careful investigation of sentencing processes and context under Pennsylvania's sentencing guidelines.

Doing Justice in the People's Court

Presents research findings on city courts and their processing of misdemeanors, illuminating the conditions under which bias is maximized and minimized in the lower courts.

Gender, Ethnicity, and the State

Examines the experiences of Latina and Latino prisoners in New York maximum security prisons, offering a realistic interpretation of the relationship that exists between prisoners, the state, and the civil society within which prisons operate.

Preparing Convicts for Law-Abiding Lives

This analysis of corrections' pioneer Richard A. McGee draws upon his many lucid writings, on comments by those who worked closely with him, and on interviews with McGee himself and others. This book ...

Simple Theory, Hard Reality

This book evaluates the impact of tough sentencing reforms on the courts, prisons, and crime. It also unpacks the resulting policy implications.

Fear of Crime

This is an examination of the factors that contribute to the risk of being victimized, such as crime rates and environmental and personal variables.

Ethnicity, Race, and Crime

This book examines both historical and contemporary patterns of crime and justice among white ethnics and nonwhite racial groups in the United States.

Harm in American Penology

This book analyzes the sources and results of the fourfold increase in the U. S. correctional population since 1970. It considers the following themes: the value of punitiveness, defined as penal harm; ...

Policing Under Fire

This is a study of the conditions present in an ethnically divided society that affect police-community relations.

Psychological Classification of the Adult Male Prison Inmate

This book describes and examines five psychological systems for classifying adult male prison inmates: 1) Warren's I-level; 2) Megargee's MMPI-Based Criminal Classification System; 3) Hunt's Conceptual ...

A Profile of Correctional Effectiveness and New Directions for Research

This book summarizes and integrates a vast body of previously unintegrated research regarding the effectiveness of correctional intervention, which emphasizes treatment and rehabilitation but also includes ...

Terrorism in America

Using extensive records from federal district courts, national archives, the U. S. Sentencing Commission, and the Administrative Office of U. S. Courts, Brent Smith examines the activities of persons ...