9780205272105

Controversial Issues in Criminology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205272105

  • ISBN10:

    020527210X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-09-11
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Summary

Should prostitution be legalized? Are stalking laws effective? Is medical treatment a useful way to deal with criminal offenders? Are restorative justice processes too lenient toward offenders? These are some of the most hotly debated questions in the field of criminology, often sparking discomfort and anger among those who wish to know more about these issues. Now,Controversial Issues in Criminology attempts to provide factual information and a much-needed forum for discussion, utilizing a unique debate format to discuss controversial issues in the field of criminology.KEY TOPICS: Topics addressed in this book were chosen with a conscious effort to include those that are the most controversial. The contributing authors, each solicited because of their expertise in this area, come from a variety of backgrounds, academic disciplines and perspectives. In addition to such hot topics as prostitution, stalking, and the rehabilitation of criminals, the book also covers issues such as the "supersizing" of murder, government research on terrorism, stricter law enforcement for "techno-crimes," and the role of "community corrections." Law enforcement officers, corrections officers, educators, students of law enforcement, and anyone interested in issues of criminal justice and the correctional process.

Table of Contents

About the Editors vii(2)
Preface ix
Controversial Crimes 1(90)
1. Should Prostitution Be Legalized?
1(17)
YES: Robert P. McNamara
1(8)
NO: Jacqueline Boles
9(9)
2. Are Stalking Laws Effective?
18(17)
YES: Ronnie Harmon
18(8)
NO: N. Jane McCandless
26(9)
3. Multicide: Does Society Need the "Supersizing" of Murder?
35(16)
YES: Patricia Kirby
35(7)
NO: Toni DuPont-Morales
42(9)
4. Should Official (Government) Statistics Be the Primary Source for Research on American Terrorism?
51(18)
YES: Brent L. Smith
51(9)
NO: Mark Hamm
60(9)
5. Does Law Enforcement Need More Power to Fight the Techno-War against Computer and Credit Card Criminals?
69(22)
YES: Jerome E. Jackson
69(14)
NO: Robert P. McNamara
83(8)
Controversial Perspectives 91(95)
6. Have Community "Corrections" Become Community Control?
91(19)
YES: Georgia Smith
91(9)
NO: Karol Lucken
100(10)
7. From a Peacemaking Perspective, Is Individual Change More Important than Social Change?
110(18)
YES: Michael Braswell and Wayne Gillespie
110(9)
NO: M. Joan McDermott
119(9)
8. Is Left Realism a Useful Theory for Addressing the Problems of Crime?
128(21)
YES: Martin D. Schwartz and Walter S. DeKeseredy
129(8)
NO: Stuart Henry
137(12)
9. Can Students Benefit from an Intensive Engagement with Postmodern Criminology?
149(18)
YES: Bruce A. Arrigo
149(10)
NO: David O. Friedrichs
159(8)
10. Are Restorative Justice Processes Too Lenient toward Offenders?
167(19)
YES: Arthur V. N. Wint
168(8)
NO: Duane Ruth-Heffelbower
176(10)
Controversial Policies 186
11. Is the "Broken Windows" Theory an Effective Way to Reduce Crime?
186(13)
YES: Craig Fraser
186(7)
NO: William Norton
193(6)
12. Should the Juvenile Justice System Get Tougher on Juvenile Offenders?
199(18)
YES: Sandra Stone
199(8)
NO: Robert M. Regoli
207(10)
13. Chemical Corrections: Is Medical Treatment a Useful Way to Deal with Criminal Offenders?
217(23)
YES: Diana Fishbein
217(13)
NO: Joyce Carbonell
230(10)
14. Is the "Three Strikes and You're Out" a Useful Sentencing Policy?
240
YES: Mike Reynolds
240(8)
NO: John Kramer
248

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