Voices from Criminal Justice: Thinking and Reflecting on the System

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This reader provides the lived experiences of those who work in or who are affected by the criminal justice system. By providing firsthand experiences these articles are able to convey to student readers what to expect when selecting a career in criminal justice. In addition, these articles are precisely the types of scholarly work that students enjoy reading. In addition, an introductory essay by the authors to the book as a whole, followed by lengthy introductions to each reading encourage students to see how each article sheds light on an important issue affecting the cj system, and how each article should also be judged on its methodfor getting at "reality." As a result, students learn more deeply and are more engaged by this text/reader for introduction to cj than from conventional (and more expensive) texts.

Author Biography

Mark R. Pogrebin is a professor of criminal justice in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has authored and co-authored six books, the most recent, Guns, Violence And Criminal Behavior. He has published number journal articles and has thirty articles published in anthologies. He is a field research whose past studies have all used qualitative methods.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introduction: Thinking and Reflecting on Criminal Justice Issuesp. 1
Policep. 7
Practitionersp. 9
A Visigoth System: Shame, Honor, and Police Socializationp. 10
Racialized Policing: Officers' Voices on Policing Latino and African American Neighborhoodsp. 23
The Highs and Lows of Emotional Labor: Detectives' Encounters with Criminals and Victimsp. 41
Vice Isn't Nice: A Look at the Effects of Working Undercoverp. 52
Reflections of African-American Women on their Careers in Urban Policing: Their Experiences of Racial and Sexual Discriminationp. 65
Outsidersp. 79
Procedural Justice and Order Maintenance Policing: A Study of Inner-City Young Men's Perceptions of Police Legitimacyp. 80
Urban Youth Encounters with Legitimately Oppressive Gang Enforcementp. 97
The Role of Law Enforcement in Making Sense of the Unimaginablep. 112
Victims' Voices: Domestic Assault Victims' Perceptions of Police Demeanorp. 129
Between Normality and Deviance; The Breakdown of Batterers' Identity Following Police Interventionp. 140
Judicialp. 157
Practitionersp. 159
Calling Your Bluff: How Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Adapt Plea Bargaining Strategies to Increased Formalizationp. 160
The Social Construction of "Sophisticated" Adolescents: How Judges Integrate Juvenile and Criminal Justice Decision-Making Modelsp. 179
Discrediting Victims' Allegations of Sexual Assault: Prosecutorial Accounts of Case Rejectionsp. 199
But How Can You Sleep Nights?p. 214
Maintaining the Myth of Individualized Justice: Probation Presentence Reportsp. 235
Preparing to Testify: Rape Survivors Negotiating the Criminal Justice Processp. 252
The Agencies of Abuse: Intimate Abusers' Experiences of Presumptive Arrest and Prosecutionp. 272
Expecting an Ally and Getting a Prosecutorp. 289
Female Recidivists Speak about Their Experience in Drug Court while Engaging in Appreciative Inquiryp. 305
Jurors' Views of Civil Lawyers: Implications for Courtroom Communicationp. 321
Correctionsp. 342
Practitionersp. 343
Accounts of Prison Work: Corrections Officers' Portrayals of Their Work Worldsp. 344
Sensemaking in Prison: Inmate Identity as a Working Understandingp. 360
Gender and Occupational Culture Conflict: A Study of Women Jail Officersp. 373
Criers, Liars, and Manipulators: Probation Officers' Views of Girlsp. 389
The Construction of Meaning during Training for Probation and Parolep. 407
Outsidersp. 425
Ambivalent Actions: Prison Adaptation Strategies of First-Time, Short-Term Inmatesp. 426
Denial of Parole: An Inmate Perspectivep. 440
How Registered Sex Offenders View Registriesp. 454
Riding the Bus: Barriers to Prison Visitation and Family Management Strategiesp. 469
Keeping Families Together: The Importance of Maintaining Mother-Child Contact for Incarcerated Womenp. 482
Credit Linesp. 497
Indexp. 501
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