Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-07
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Updated in a new 3rd edition, this book is rganized around a "planned change" approach and provides a critical assessment of how well the American criminal justice system achieves its goals. Unlike most other criminal justice books-which cover the traditional topics from the perspective of how "things aresupposedto be," this book compares these ideals with therealitiesof criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice.

Author Biography

Matthew B. Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University (ASU). He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Florida State University in 1997. Robinson teaches and does research in the areas of criminological theory, the war on drugs, capital punishment, and injustices of the criminal justice system.  He has published more than 50 pieces of research, including 6 books: Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice (Prentice-Hall, 2002, 2005), Why Crime? An Integrated Systems Theory of Antisocial Behavior (Prentice-Hall, 2004), Spatial Analysis of Crime: Theory and Practice (with Derek Paulsen, Allyn & Bacon, 2004), Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics (State University of New York Press, 2007), and Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment (Prentice-Hall, 2008). He also has served as Board Member and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA).  Robinson was awarded the William C. Strickland Outstanding Young Scholar Award from Appalachian State University in 2002.

Table of Contents

The Criminal Justice System: Ideals and Realities
What is the Criminal Justice System? Ideals
The Role of Politics and Ideology in Criminal Justice: Realities
The Law: Providing Equal Protection or Creating Bias?
Crime: Images and Realities
Crime: Which is Worse, Crime on the Streets or Crime in the Suites?
The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! Media Portrayals of Crime and Criminal Justice
Components of Criminal Justice: Police, Courts, and Corrections
Law Enforcement: To Serve and Protect?
Right to Trial? Injustice in Pretrial and Trial Procedures
Punishment: Does it Work and is it Fair?
Incarceration: Lock Em Up and Forget About Em
Bad Criminal Justice Policy and How to Fix this Mess
The Ultimate Sanction: Death as Justice?
The War on Drugs: Focusing on the Wrong Drugs?
The War on Crime as a Threat to Equality: Innocent Bias Against the Poor, People of Color, and Women
Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for the Future
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