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Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice aims to debunk commonly held myths about crime and the criminal justice system--for instance, that punishment reduces crime, or that minimum-security prisons are little worse than country clubs, or that strict rules of evidence allow many criminals to go free. This new edition is composed of an introduction by Bohm and Walker and 29 chapters, each on a particular myth and each written by a leading scholar in that area. Chapters conform to a strict format developed by the editors: Introduction, Kernel of Truth, truth or Facts, Interests Served by the Myth, and Policy Implications of Belief in the Myth. These chapters are organized into four parts, which trace a logical progression through the criminal justice process: Crime, Law Enforcement, Administration of Justice, and Corrections.
Robert M. Bohm is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Jeffery T. Walker is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Table of Contents
|About the Editors||p. xi|
|About the Contributors||p. xiii|
|The Myth of Accurate Crime Measurement||p. 3|
|The Myth That "Criminals" Are Fundamentally Different from "Non-criminals"||p. 13|
|The Myth of Rational Choice as an Explanation for Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique||p. 25|
|The Myth That Violent Juveniles Will Become Adult Criminals||p. 37|
|The Myth of Black Crime||p. 48|
|The Myth That Mental Illness Causes Crime||p. 57|
|Myths about Drug Legalization or Decriminalization||p. 67|
|The Myth about Drug Use and Violent Offending||p. 81|
|The Myth That White-Collar Crime Is Only about Financial Loss||p. 93|
|The Myth That Current Gun Control Policies Reduce Crime||p. 103|
|The Myth That Sex Offenders Are Beyond Redemption||p. 114|
|The Myth That Stalking Is Not a Serious Crime||p. 127|
|Demystifying Terrorism: "Crazy Islamic Terrorists Who Hate Us Because We're Free?"||p. 136|
|The Myth That the Role of the Police Is to Fight Crime||p. 147|
|The Myth That Science Solves Crimes||p. 157|
|The Myths Surrounding Policewomen on Patrol||p. 166|
|The Myth That Police Use of Force Is Widespread||p. 178|
|The Myths of Racial Profiling||p. 185|
|The Myth That the Best Police Response to Domestic Violence Is to Arrest the Offender||p. 193|
|Administration of Justice|
|The Myth That the Exclusionary Rule Allows Many Criminals to Escape Justice||p. 205|
|The Myth That Punishment Reduces Crime||p. 215|
|The Myth That Imprisonment Is the Most Severe Form of Punishment||p. 230|
|The Myth That the Death Penalty Is Administered Fairly||p. 242|
|The Myth of Closure and Capital Punishment||p. 254|
|The Myth of Prisons as Country Clubs||p. 267|
|The Myth That Prisons Can Be Self-Supporting||p. 278|
|Correctional Privatization and the Myth of Inherent Efficiency||p. 285|
|The Myth That Correctional Rehabilitation Does Not Work||p. 296|
|The Myth That Rehabilitation Is the Focus of Community Corrections||p. 311|
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