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Personation Plots

Examines the fascination with identity fraud in sensation fiction and Victorian culture more broadly.

Confessions of a Hayseed DA

An idealistic, occasionally naïve and somewhat irreverent young attorney becomes the District Attorney of Rockland County, New York, in the 1960s and faces the challenges of fighting crime in a rapidly changing world.

Addiction Recovery and Resilience

Analyzes the tensions and triumphs of a unique, faith-based, addiction recovery organization in a high poverty neighborhood.

The Godfather and Sicily

Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.

Civilization and Barbarism

Challenges the established corrections paradigm and argues for replacing mass incarceration with a viable and more humane alternative.

Welcome to Fear City

Analyzes how location-shot crime films of the 1970s reflected and influenced understandings of urban crisis.

No Rule of Law, No Democracy

Argues that new democracies face consolidation challenges due to campaign finance corruption and the unwillingness of politicians to reform rule of law enforcement.

Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment, Second Edition

Edited by Gertrude Ezorsky
Subjects: Philosophy

Historical and contemporary philosophical writings on punishment.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition

Revised and updated edition that analyses how the Office of National Drug Control Policy employs statistics to misleadingly claim the War on Drugs is a success.

Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws

Uses previously unstudied Coast Guard records for New York City and environs to examine the development of Rum Row and smuggling in New York City during Prohibition.

Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition

Reveals how state felony disenfranchisement laws are undermining American democracy.

Two Sides of a Barricade

Investigates how activists confront global powers with their street-level dissent.

Structural Violence

Challenges the notions that “violence against women” is synonymous with “domestic violence” and that violence affects all women equally

Friends at the Bar

A Quaker lawyer looks at Friends’ relationship with the American legal system and at Friends’ legal ethics.

Coping with Terrorism

A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism

Razor Wire Women

Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences.

Fighting for Girls

Cutting edge research into trends and social contexts of girls' violence.

Sisters Outside

Shows how radical women advocate for women in prison while acknowledging the racial and class division between them.

Expelling Hope

Demonstrates the many devastating and interrelated threats that punitive policies like “zero tolerance” pose to youth, schooling, and democracy.

Naked Lives

Looks at the experience of being an exotic dancer in different kinds of strip clubs.

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 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.

Jailbait

By Carolyn Cocca
Subjects: Criminology

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

The Power of Reinforcement

Makes the controversial argument that reinforcement is a real and valuable force in human behavior.

Convicted Survivors

Explores the experiences of women imprisoned for killing their male abusers and their treatment by the criminal justice system.

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.

Color of Rape

By Sujata Moorti
Subjects: Criminology

Analyzes the depiction of rape on television network news, daytime shows, prime time programming, and alternative programming.

Making It in the Free World

Explores how women inmates make the transition from prison back into society.

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.

Confronting the Drug Control Establishment

Examines the career of sociologist Alfred R. Lindesmith, who argued against drug prohibitions from the 1930s onward, warning of the threat to democracy and advocating more humane drug control laws.

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.

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.

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.

A World of Opportunities

This book examines the policies of the Dutch toward illicit drug use and the effect these policies have had on heroin addicts and drug-related crime.

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 ...

Pursuit of Ecstasy

The authors have produced the first "on the ground" study (not just clinical or chemical) of MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), or "ecstasy" as it is frequently designated. A psychoactive substance ...

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 ...

Gangs

This book is an examination of contemporary gangs in American cities. Gangs have proliferated over the past ten years and pose a new set of challenges to public officials, law enforcement agencies, and ...

The Struggle for Control

This book offers a study of deviance and dispute management in a comparative perspective. Conventional wisdom and professional knowledge assume a clear line between the study of disputes and deviance. ...

Inventing Criminology

This book traces the intellectual history of criminology, analyzing the influence of early classical European concepts of criminality and the development of positivist methodologies. It is an original ...

Speedy Disposition

Monetary incentives are increasingly seen as attractive alternatives to strict regulatory approaches for achieving objectives. This book examines one of the most ambitious attempts to use monetary incentives ...

Crimes by the Capitalist State

Crimes by the Capitalist State systematically examines a broad spectrum of state criminality including state terrorism, torture and murder, drug smuggling and arms trafficking, espionage and surveillance, ...

Determinate Sentencing

This book discusses in depth the rise and fall of the determinate ideal, once heralded as a replacement to the old order of criminal justice. Using new materials and combining political, empirical, and ...

Women at the Wall

Women at the Wall is the first ethnographic study of how the arrest, trial, imprisonment, and release of male criminals affects their families, particularly their wives. It relies on first-person accounts ...

Expert Witnesses

For the first time a book documents the judicial system's new dependence on social science testimony, especially that rendered by sociologists and criminologists. In Expert Witnesses contributors show ...

Prediction in Criminology

Prediction in Criminology is the first book to bring together a wide variety of articles on prediction research in criminology. It stresses not only substantive findings but also the methodology of prediction ...

The Impact of Publicity on Corporate Offenders

Uncertainty surrounds the use of publicity as a means of controlling corporate crime. On the one hand, some agree with Justice Brandeis's dictum that light is "the best of disinfectants...the most efficient ...