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Race and Police Brutality

Disputes standard explanations of police brutality against minority citizens to offer new insights and suggestions on dealing with this problem.

The Changing Role of the American Prosecutor

Looks at how prosecution of offenders is evolving in the contemporary legal milieu.

The Body and the State

Traces the history of the writ of habeas corpus and its influence on federal-state relations.

The New Abolitionists

Edited by Joy James
Introduction by Joy James
Subjects: History
Series: SUNY series, Philosophy and Race

Writings by twentieth-century imprisoned authors examining confinement, enslavement, and political organizing in prison.

Murder on Trial

A historical romp through the fascinating subject of murder jurisprudence in the United States from the colonial period to the present, showing how changing social mores have influenced the application of murder law.

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

Girls' Violence

A critical look at the perceived increase in girls' violence from a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives.

Psychological Jurisprudence

A critical look at the relationship between law and psychology.


By Carolyn Cocca
Subjects: Criminology

Examines the development of statutory rape laws in the United States.

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.

The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice

Explores the concept of Restorative Justice in diverse spiritual traditions.

Bearing Witness to Crime and Social Justice

Eminent criminologist Richard Quinney offers his 40-year journey bearing witness to crime and social justice in writings both scholarly and autobiographical.

Abby Hopper Gibbons

The first contemporary biography of Abby Hopper Gibbons, a nineteenth-century American social activist. Involved in a broad range of reform activities, she is particularly known for her pioneering efforts to improve the treatment of women prisoners.

Constitutive Criminology at Work

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

When Push Comes to Shove

Provides a comprehensive look at violence as rooted in routine conflict in daily social interactions.

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.

In the Mix

Describes life inside the world's largest women's prison, from the point of view of the women themselves.

Social Worlds of Sentencing

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

The Trouble With Evil

A broadly based analysis of good and evil grounded in examination of the conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical bases of the study of evil within the social sciences.

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.

Missing Children

Focuses on variables that assist in confronting and preventing child abductions, including teacher training, public education and awareness, psychotherapeutic techniques for families and friends of abducted children as well as the children themselves.

When Women Kill

A fascinating profile of female homicide offenders emerges from this analysis of the characteristics of women murderers in six cities in the United States, including the circumstances of the murders, the role of the victims, the role of the perpetrators, and their fates in court.

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 ...

Alcohol and Homicide

The authors show how and why alcohol and violence are so often linked today.

Marginality and Dissent in Twentieth-Century American Sociology

This book is a biography of the husband and wife team that is largely responsible for developing social problems and social deviance as areas of research. Politics in the discipline of sociology is also ...