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The Mythology Of Crime And Criminal Justice

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9781577663584

ISBN10:
1577663586
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/12/2004
Publisher(s):
Waveland Pr Inc
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Summary

"This innovative alternative to traditional textbooks provides insightful observations of myths and trends in criminal justice. The authors dissect popular images of crimes and criminals in a cogent, compelling, and engaging manner. They confront the misleading statistics and fears that form the basis of myths - and the collateral damage of basing policies on mythical beliefs. The text encourages skepticism about commonly accepted beliefs and provides the tools necessary for critical thinking about complex problems."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

1 The Social Construction of Crime Myths
1(32)
The Functions of Crime Myths
2(3)
Powerful Mythmakers
5(13)
Creating Crime Myths
18(4)
Characterizations of Crime Myths
22(4)
Selection and Dissemination of Myths
26(4)
Conclusion
30(3)
2 Crime Waves, Fears, and Social Reality
33(20)
Fears about Crime and Criminals
33(1)
Facts about Crime and Criminals
34(2)
Uniform Crime Reports
36(4)
National Crime Victimization Survey
40(2)
The Reality of Crime
42(4)
Crime Images
46(4)
Conclusion
50(3)
3 The Myth and Fear of Missing Children
53(18)
Influences on Public Perception
54(5)
Exploitation Has Many Faces
59(1)
Distorted Definitions
60(1)
Creating Reality through Misleading Statistics
61(12)
Conclusion
73
4 Myth and Murder: The Serial Killer Panic
71(26)
Creating a Myth
78(1)
The Lucas Case
79(1)
The Reality of Serial Murder
80(4)
Explaining a Panic
84(10)
Conclusion
94(3)
5 Of Stalkers and Murder: Spreading Myth to Common Crime
97(18)
Constructing the Myth of Stalking
98(4)
Officializing the Myth
102(6)
Measuring the Reality of Stalking
108(2)
Consequences of Criminalization
110(2)
Conclusion
112(3)
6 Organized Crime: The Myth of an Underworld Empire
115(26)
The Alien Conspiracy Myth
118(7)
Transnational Organized Crime
125(2)
It's the Economy, Stupid!
127(2)
The New Businesses of Organized Crime
129(4)
Challenges to State Sovereignty and Security
133(1)
State-Organized Crime
134(4)
Organized Crime in the Twenty-First Century
138(2)
Controlling Organized Crime
140(2)
The Utility of Organized Crime
142(3)
Conclusion
145
7 Corporate Crime and "Higher Immorality"
141
"Real" Corporate Crime
148(1)
The Costs of Corporate Crime
149(6)
The Normalcy of Corporate Crime
155(4)
A Policy of Nonenforcement
159(4)
The Corporate Crime Wave
163(3)
The Political Clout of Corporate Criminals
166(4)
A Criminal Monopoly
170(2)
Conclusion
172
8 Apocalypse Now: The Lost War on Drugs
115(100)
Masking the Costs of the Drug War
176(1)
Myths of Supply Reduction
177(9)
Casualties of the Drug War
186(5)
The Intractable Problem of Drugs
191(16)
A Just Peace?
207(6)
Conclusion
213(2)
9 Juvenile Superpredators: The Myths of Killer Kids, Dangerous Schools, and a Youth Crime Wave
215(20)
The Goals, the Realities, and the Panic
216(4)
Transforming the Juvenile Justice System
220(3)
Processing Juvenile Offenders
223(4)
The Myth of a Juvenile Crime Wave
227(1)
Dangerous Schools and Violent Students
228(1)
The Consequences of Treating Juveniles as Adults
229(4)
Conclusion
233(2)
10 Battered and Blue Crime Fighters: Myths and Misconceptions of Police Work 235(28)
Real Police Work
237(12)
Myths of Police Stress
249(8)
Living the Crime Fighter Myth
257(3)
Conclusion
260(3)
11 Order in the Courts: The Myth of Equal Justice 263(24)
The Role of Law in Society
264(3)
Celebrity Cases
267(2)
The Bias of Arrest
269(3)
The Bias of Trial
272(10)
The Bias of Probation and Sentencing
282(2)
Biased Justice
284(1)
Conclusion
285(2)
12 Cons and Country Clubs: The Mythical Utility of Punishment 287(26)
Who Does the Crime Determines the Time
287(1)
Mythical Assumptions: Unrelenting Consequences
288(5)
Behind Bars
293(2)
The Pains of Imprisonment
295(7)
The Modern Prison
302(5)
Post-Institutional Adjustment
307(3)
Scandinavian Prisons
310(1)
Conclusion
310(3)
13 The Myth of a Lenient Criminal Justice System 313(16)
International Comparison
314(3)
The Trend Toward Greater Punitiveness in the United States
317(7)
The Crime Rate in the United States
324(2)
Conclusion
326(3)
14 Capital Punishment: The Myth of Murder as Effective Crime Control 329(28)
Discrimination and the Death Penalty
330(4)
The Myth of Deterrence
334(2)
The Myth of Capital Punishment as Cost Effective
336(3)
The Myth of a Flawless Process
339(3)
The Myth of Fair and Impartial Juries
342(5)
The Juvenile Death Penalty
347(4)
Perpetuating the Myths
351(3)
Conclusion
354(3)
15 Merging Myths and Misconceptions of Crime and Justice 357(16)
Recycled Frameworks
358(1)
The Electronic Echo Chamber
359(1)
Of Politics and Demagogues
360(1)
Fallout from Crime Myths
361(4)
Unification of the Mythical Order
365(3)
Masking Social Problems with Myth
368(2)
Restructuring the Study of Crime
370(1)
Conclusion
371(2)
References 373(34)
Index 407


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