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Controversial Issues in Crime and Justice
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Controversial Issues in Crime and Justice

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February 1988 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Controversies in criminal justice are often framed in a "pro and con" format, emphasizing irreconcilable differences. Distinguished contributors to this original collection explore controversial issues in various parts of the criminal justice system, taking the approach that controversy should lead to recognition of common interests, and emphasizing a search for solutions. They examine various parts of the criminal justice system, beginning with types of crime, then focusing on the police, the courts, and finally imprisonment and its alternatives. This thorough and lucid volume is indispensable for students, scholars, and professionals interested in criminal justice. "The issues highlighted provide a good guide to major concerns in criminal justice in the States at present, covering organized crime, medical fraud, links between rape and pornography availability, killing of people by the police, police 'sting' operations, the insanity defence, wrongful conviction, home incarceration with electronic monitoring, probation, legal challenges to prison overcrowding and selective incapacitating. . . . I'm sure most readers will find something of interest." --Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice "Scott and Hirschi provide a well-organized reader that will be useful to all those studying criminal justice--students, and funding agencies as well as professionals in the field." --Foundation News "Introduces subject matter not typically covered in criminal justice or criminology courses. . . . The text has much to offer the undergraduate students." --American Journal of Police

Joseph E Scott and Travis Hirschi
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CONTROVERSIAL CRIMES
Gilbert Geis, Henry N Pontell and Paul Jesilow
Medicaid Fraud
Joseph E Scott and Loretta A Schwalm
Pornography and Rape
John Dombrink
Organized Crime
Gangsters and Godfathers  
 
PART TWO: CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN POLICING
James J Fyfe
Police Shooting
Environment and License  
Carl B Klockars
Police and the Modern Sting Operation
 
PART THREE: CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN THE COURTROOM
Rita J Simon and David E Aaronson
The Defense of Insanity
C Ronald Huff and Arye Rattner
Convicted but Innocent
False Positives and the Criminal Justice Process  
 
PART FOUR: CONTROVERSIAL ALTERNATIVES TO PRISON
Richard A Ball and J Robert Lilly
Home Incarceration with Electronic Monitoring
Joan Petersilia
Probation Reform
 
PART FIVE: CONTROVERSIES IN THE PENAL SYSTEM
Sandra Evans Skovron
Prison Crowding
Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi
Career Criminals and Selective Incapacitation

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