Updated in a new 3rd edition, this book is rganized around a "planned change" approach and provides a critical assessment of how well the American criminal justice system achieves its goals. Unlike most other criminal justice books-which cover the traditional topics from the perspective of how "things aresupposedto be," this book compares these ideals with therealitiesof criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice.
Matthew B. Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University (ASU). He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Florida State University in 1997. Robinson teaches and does research in the areas of criminological theory, the war on drugs, capital punishment, and injustices of the criminal justice system. He has published more than 50 pieces of research, including 6 books: Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice (Prentice-Hall, 2002, 2005), Why Crime? An Integrated Systems Theory of Antisocial Behavior (Prentice-Hall, 2004), Spatial Analysis of Crime: Theory and Practice (with Derek Paulsen, Allyn & Bacon, 2004), Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics (State University of New York Press, 2007), and Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment (Prentice-Hall, 2008). He also has served as Board Member and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA). Robinson was awarded the William C. Strickland Outstanding Young Scholar Award from Appalachian State University in 2002.