9780495809876

Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities A Policy Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495809876

  • ISBN10:

    049580987X

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/5/2010
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Samuel Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT CRIME, DRUGS, AND COMMUNITIES was one of the first books to challenge common misconceptions about crime, and the new Seventh Edition remains uniquely effective at doing so.

Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies on everything from crime control, to guns, to drugs, this incisive text cuts through popular myths and political rhetoric while emphasizing current research and proven practice. The result is a distinctly lucid, research-based work that clearly reveals what does not work in crime policy while identifying shared characteristics of successful approaches, including carefully defined, narrowly focused, problem-oriented programs in policing and prosecution.

This engaging text captures the full complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of its key principles and general patterns.

Table of Contents

Thinking Clearly About Crime
Crime and Policy: a Complex Problem
Models of Criminal Justice
The Going Rate
The Prediction Problem
Get Tough: the Conservative Attack on Crime
Unleash the Cops!
Deter the Criminals
Lock 'Em Up
Close the Loopholes
The Middle Ground: Victims and Guns
Protect Crime Victims
Control Gun Crimes
Reform: the Liberal Prescription
Treat 'Em!
Building Justice and Compliance with the Law
The Drug Problem
Sense and Nonsense About Drugs
Putting it All Together: Crime and Community
Crime and Community
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Excellent writer and excellent book March 19, 2011
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The author's information is very up-to-date and his arguments are clear, concise and well-supported. The writing style is direct and simple and that's why it is easy to understand. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to take a critical look at the administration of justice in the U.S. If I had to buy this book at the college bookstore I would have spent double. The price is reasonable for me. Thank you.
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