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You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice



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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

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Should the Police Practice Discretion When Enforcing the Law?p. 1
Police Should Exercise Discretion in Deciding When to Arrestp. 3
Police Discretion Has No Place in a Democracyp. 13
Should the Police Use Trickery and Deceit in Investigations and Interrogations?p. 24
Some Police Deceit and Trickery Is Legitimatep. 26
Lying by Police Should Be Generally Prohibitedp. 41
Should a Victims' Rights Amendment Be Added to the U.S. Constitution?p. 51
The Constitution Should Include a Victims' Rights Amendmentp. 53
There Should Be No Victims' Rights Amendmentp. 61
Should the Use of Jailhouse Informants Be Abolished?p. 72
Jailhouse Informants Are a Legitimate Part of the Criminal Justice Systemp. 74
Use of Jailhouse Informants Promotes Injusticep. 78
Is Plea Bargaining a Legitimate Way of Settling Criminal Cases?p. 86
Plea Bargaining Should Be Abolishedp. 88
Plea Bargaining Can Be Acceptable and Fairp. 94
Must Juries Be Cross-Sectional Representations of the Community?p. 102
Fair Deliberation Rather Than Cross-Sectional Representation Is the Goalp. 104
Cross-Sectional Representation is Essential for Jury Fairnessp. 113
Jury Nullification: Should Jurors Ever Refuse to Follow the Law?p. 124
Jurors Should Be Permitted to Follow Their Consciencesp. 126
Jurors Should Always Follow the Lawp. 133
Is the Restorative Justice Model the Best Model for Criminal Justice?p. 138
Restorative Justice Promises Much More Than It Can Deliverp. 140
Restorative Justice Is a Major Advance Over Conventional Criminal Justicep. 151
Should Shaming Be an Element of Criminal Punishment?p. 165
Legitimate Criminal Punishment Requires Shaming the Person Convictedp. 167
There Are No Positive Grounds for Shaming Punishmentsp. 175
Should There Be Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Criminal Offenses?p. 184
Mandatory Minimums Are Good Policyp. 186
Mandatory Minimum Sentences Are a Disasterp. 193
Is Selective Incapacitation An Effective Policy for Reducing Crime?p. 199
Selective Incapacitation Is the Best Model for Stopping Criminal Behaviorp. 201
Selective Incapacitation is an Ineffective Criminal Policyp. 207
Supermax Prisons: Valuable or Vile?p. 214
Supermax Prisons are a Valuable Element of the Correctional Systemp. 216
Supermax Prisons Are Part of the Problem Rather Than the Solutionp. 221
What Are the Rights of Criminals and Prisoners?p. 232
The Rights of Prisoners Should be Restrictedp. 234
The Rights of Prisoners Must Be Protectedp. 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 Offendersp. 255
Community Notification Laws Do More Harm Than Goodp. 261
Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?p. 269
The Death Penalty Is Morally Justifiablep. 271
The Death Penalty Is Morally Wrongp. 282
Are Boot Camps a Good Way to Deal With Youthful Offenders?p. 296
Juvenile Boot Camps Can Be Promising Programsp. 298
Juvenile Boot Camps Raise Serious Questionsp. 308
Should We Eliminate the Special System of Juvenile Justice?p. 319
The Distinct Juvenile Justice System Should Be Eliminatedp. 321
The Juvenile Justice System Must Be improved and Preservedp. 331
Should We Continue the "War on Drugs"?p. 344
The War on Illegal Drugs Must Continuep. 346
The War on Drugs Is Counterproductivep. 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 Terrorismp. 370
The Patriot Act Is a Threat to Our Civil Libertiesp. 376
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