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This book offers students a unique opportunity to examine strong yet very readable competing views on twenty of the major issues in contemporary criminal justice. It features the works of major writers in the discipline and explores the ideas, orientations and arguments driving the field. Each essay quickly draws readers into the debate using accompanying questions and encourages readers to assess arguments and determine their own conclusions.Where to Find Moresections highlight additional resources that can be used to explore each issue in more detail.For anyone interested in the criminal justice system
Table of Contents
|Should the Police Practice Discretion When Enforcing the Law?||p. 1|
|Police Should Exercise Discretion in Deciding When to Arrest||p. 3|
|Police Discretion Has No Place in a Democracy||p. 13|
|Should the Police Use Trickery and Deceit in Investigations and Interrogations?||p. 24|
|Some Police Deceit and Trickery Is Legitimate||p. 26|
|Lying by Police Should Be Generally Prohibited||p. 41|
|Should a Victims' Rights Amendment Be Added to the U.S. Constitution?||p. 51|
|The Constitution Should Include a Victims' Rights Amendment||p. 53|
|There Should Be No Victims' Rights Amendment||p. 61|
|Should the Use of Jailhouse Informants Be Abolished?||p. 72|
|Jailhouse Informants Are a Legitimate Part of the Criminal Justice System||p. 74|
|Use of Jailhouse Informants Promotes Injustice||p. 78|
|Is Plea Bargaining a Legitimate Way of Settling Criminal Cases?||p. 86|
|Plea Bargaining Should Be Abolished||p. 88|
|Plea Bargaining Can Be Acceptable and Fair||p. 94|
|Must Juries Be Cross-Sectional Representations of the Community?||p. 102|
|Fair Deliberation Rather Than Cross-Sectional Representation Is the Goal||p. 104|
|Cross-Sectional Representation is Essential for Jury Fairness||p. 113|
|Jury Nullification: Should Jurors Ever Refuse to Follow the Law?||p. 124|
|Jurors Should Be Permitted to Follow Their Consciences||p. 126|
|Jurors Should Always Follow the Law||p. 133|
|Is the Restorative Justice Model the Best Model for Criminal Justice?||p. 138|
|Restorative Justice Promises Much More Than It Can Deliver||p. 140|
|Restorative Justice Is a Major Advance Over Conventional Criminal Justice||p. 151|
|Should Shaming Be an Element of Criminal Punishment?||p. 165|
|Legitimate Criminal Punishment Requires Shaming the Person Convicted||p. 167|
|There Are No Positive Grounds for Shaming Punishments||p. 175|
|Should There Be Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Criminal Offenses?||p. 184|
|Mandatory Minimums Are Good Policy||p. 186|
|Mandatory Minimum Sentences Are a Disaster||p. 193|
|Is Selective Incapacitation An Effective Policy for Reducing Crime?||p. 199|
|Selective Incapacitation Is the Best Model for Stopping Criminal Behavior||p. 201|
|Selective Incapacitation is an Ineffective Criminal Policy||p. 207|
|Supermax Prisons: Valuable or Vile?||p. 214|
|Supermax Prisons are a Valuable Element of the Correctional System||p. 216|
|Supermax Prisons Are Part of the Problem Rather Than the Solution||p. 221|
|What Are the Rights of Criminals and Prisoners?||p. 232|
|The Rights of Prisoners Should be Restricted||p. 234|
|The Rights of Prisoners Must Be Protected||p. 240|
|Should There Be Laws Requiring Registration and Community Notification for Convicted Sex Offenders?||p. 253|
|There Should Be Laws Requiring Community Notification of the Presence of Convicted Sex Offenders||p. 255|
|Community Notification Laws Do More Harm Than Good||p. 261|
|Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?||p. 269|
|The Death Penalty Is Morally Justifiable||p. 271|
|The Death Penalty Is Morally Wrong||p. 282|
|Are Boot Camps a Good Way to Deal With Youthful Offenders?||p. 296|
|Juvenile Boot Camps Can Be Promising Programs||p. 298|
|Juvenile Boot Camps Raise Serious Questions||p. 308|
|Should We Eliminate the Special System of Juvenile Justice?||p. 319|
|The Distinct Juvenile Justice System Should Be Eliminated||p. 321|
|The Juvenile Justice System Must Be improved and Preserved||p. 331|
|Should We Continue the "War on Drugs"?||p. 344|
|The War on Illegal Drugs Must Continue||p. 346|
|The War on Drugs Is Counterproductive||p. 355|
|Is the Patriot Act a Necessary Protection Against Terrorism Or a Threat to Our Civil Liberties?||p. 367|
|The Patriot Act Is a Necessary Protection Against Terrorism||p. 370|
|The Patriot Act Is a Threat to Our Civil Liberties||p. 376|
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