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Taking Sidesvolumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions. Taking Sidesreaders feature an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites. An online Instructor's Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume. Using Taking Sides in the Classroomis also an excellent instructor resource. Visit www.mhhe.com/takingsides for more details.
Table of Contents
|Correlation Guide||p. xviii|
|Explations Of Crime||p. 1|
|Is Crime Beneficial to Society?||p. 2|
|Yes: Emile Durkheim, from The Rules of Sociological Method (The Free Press, 1938)||p. 4|
|NO: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, from "Defining Deviancy Down," The American Scholar (Winter 1993)||p. 9|
|Is Criminal Behavior Determined Biologically?||p. 17|
|Yes: Adrian Raine, from "The Biological Basis of Crime," in James Q. Wilson and John Petersilia, eds., Crime: Public Policies for Crime Control (ICS Press, 2002)||p. 19|
|No: Jeffrey H. Reiman, from The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get ? Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice (Allyn & Bacon, 1998)||p. 28|
|Is a Person's Body Type Clearly Linked to Criminal Behavior?||p. 44|
|Yes: Sean Maddan, Jeffrey T. Walker, and J. Mitchell Miller, from "Physiques, Somatotypes and Crime." An essay. (2009)||p. 46|
|No: Chris L. Gibson and Kevin M. Beaver, from "Does Body Type Really Have an Effect on Criminal Behavior?" An essay. (2009)||p. 53|
|Contemporary Public Policy Issues In Criminology And Criminal Justice||p. 63|
|Does the United States Have a Right to Torture Suspected Terrorists?||p. 64|
|Yes: Andrew A. Moher, from "The Lesser of Two Evils? An Argument for Judicially Sanctioned Torture in a Post-9/11 World," Thomas Jefferson Law Review (Spring 2004)||p. 66|
|No: Elisa Massimino, from "Leading by Example? U.S. Interrogation of Prisoners in the War on Terror," Criminal Justice Ethics (Winter 2004)||p. 79|
|Is Racial Profiling an Acceptable Law Enforcement Strategy?||p. 87|
|Yes: Jared Taylor and Glayde Whitney, from "Racial Profiling: Is There an Empirical Basis?" Mankind Quarterly (Spring 2002)||p. 89|
|No: Michael J. Lynch, from "Misleading 'Evidence' and the Misguided Attempt to Generate Racial Profiles of Criminals; Correcting Fallacies and Calculations Concerning Race and Crime in Taylor and Whitney's Analysis of Racial Profiling," Mankind Quarterly (Spring 2002)||p. 101|
|Should Juvenile Courts Be Abolished?||p. 115|
|Yes: Barry C. Feld, from Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court (Oxford University Press, 1999)||p. 117|
|No: Vincent Schiraldi and Jason Ziedenberg, from The Florida Experiment: An Analysis of the Impact of Granting Prosecutors Discretion to Try Juveniles as Adults (July 1999)||p. 128|
|Is Exposure to Pornography Related to Increased Rates of Rape?||p. 139|
|Yes: Diana E. H. Russell, from Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny, and Rape (Sage, 1998)||p. 141|
|No: Anthony D'Amato, from "Porn Up, Rape Down,' Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 913013 (2006)p150|
|Are Supermax (Control Unit) Prisons an Appropriate Way to Punish Hardened Criminals?||p. 160|
|Yes: Gregory L. Hershberger, from "To the Max," Corrections Today (February 1998)||p. 162|
|No: Rodney J. Henningsen, W. Wesley Johnson, and Terry Wells, from "Supermax Prisons: Panacea or Desperation?" Corrections Management Quarterly (Spring 1999)||p. 167|
|Do Three Strikes Sentencing Laws and Other "Get Tough" Approaches Really Work?||p. 177|
|Yes: Eugene H. Methvin, from "Mugged by Reality," Policy Review (July/August 1997)||p. 179|
|No: David Shichor, from "Three Strikes as a Public Policy," Crime & Delinquency (October 1997)||p. 189|
|Should Private "For-Profit" Corporations Be Allowed to Run U.S. Prisons?||p. 198|
|Yes: Wayne H. Calabrese, from "Low Cost, High Quality, Good Fit: Why Not Privatization?" Privatizing Correctional Institutions (1996)||p. 200|
|No: Jeff Sinden, from "The Problem of Prison Privatization: The U.S. Experience," Capitalist Punishment: Prison Privatization & Human Rights (2003)||p. 206|
|Is Capital Punishment a Bad Public Policy?||p. 217|
|Yes: David Von Drehle, from "Miscarriage of Justice: Why the Death Penalty Doesn't Work," The Washington Post Magazine (February 5, 1995)||p. 219|
|No: Ernest van den Haag, from "The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense," Harvard Law Review (May 1986)||p. 231|
|Modern Trends In Criminology And Criminal Justice||p. 241|
|Should Serious Sex Offenders Be Castrated?||p. 242|
|Yes: Lawrence Wright, from "The Case for Castration," Texas Monthly (May 1992)||p. 244|
|No: Kari A. Vanderzyl, from "Castration as an Alternative to Incarceration: An Impotent Approach to the Punishment of Sex Offenders," Northern Illinois University Law Review (Fall 1994)||p. 251|
|Do Strict Gun Control Laws Reduce the Number of Homicides in the United States?||p. 260|
|Yes: Franklin E. Zimring, from "Firearms, Violence, and the Potential Impact of Firearms Control," Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Spring 2004)||p. 262|
|No: Lance K. Stell, from "The Production of Criminal Violence in America: Is Strict Gun Control the Solution?" Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Spring 2004)||p. 269|
|Should the Police Enforce Zero-Tolerance Laws?||p. 286|
|Yes: George L. Kelling and William J. Bratton, from "Declining Crime Rates: Insiders' Views of the New York City Story," The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (Summer 1998)||p. 288|
|No: Judith A. Greene, from "Zero Tolerance: A Case Study of Police Policies and Practices in New York City," Crime & Delinquency (April 1999)||p. 298|
|Should Marijuana Be Legalized?||p. 310|
|Yes: Ethan A. Nadelmann, from "An End to Marijuana Prohibition: The Drive to Legalize Picks Up," National Review (July 12, 2004)||p. 312|
|No: John P. Walters, from "No Surrender," National Review (September 27, 2004)||p. 319|
|Should Juries Be Able to Disregard the Law and Free "Guilty" Persons in Racially Charged Cases?||p. 324|
|Yes: Paul Butler, from "Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System," Yale Law Journal (December 1995)||p. 326|
|No: Randall Kennedy, from "After the Cheers," The New Republic (October 23, 1995)||p. 331|
|The U.S. Supreme Court, Crime, And The Justice System||p. 337|
|Does the U.S. Constitution Protect the Right to Possess a Firearm?||p. 338|
|Yes: Antonin E. Scalia, form Majority Opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570(2008)||p. 342|
|No: John Paul Stevens, from Dissenting Opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)||p. 356|
|Is the Death Penalty an Unconstitutional Punishment for Juvenile Offenders?||p. 367|
|Yes: Anthony M. Kennedy, from Majority Opinion, Roper v. Simmons, U.S. Supreme Court (2005)||p. 369|
|No: Antonin E. Scalia, from Dissenting Opinion, Roper v. Simmons, U.S. Supreme Court (2005)||p. 377|
|Issue 19||p. 389|
|Yes: Stephen Breyer, from "Dissenting Opinion," Kansas v. Hendricks, U.S. Supreme Court (1997)||p. 391|
|No: Clarence Thomas, from "Opinion," Kansas v. Hendricks, U.S. Supreme Court (1997)||p. 400|
|Does an Imprisoned Individual Have a Constitutional Right to Access the State's Evidence for DNA Testing?||p. 412|
|Yes: John Paul Stevens, from "Dissenting Opinion," District Attorney's Office v. Osborne, 557 U.S. (2009)||p. 416|
|No: John Roberts, from "Majority Opinion," District Attorney's Office v. Osborne, 557 U.S. (2009)||p. 422|
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