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Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System

Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System

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November 2004 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

How has information technology changed the way we monitor criminal behavior? How has it changed the way we examine patterns of criminal behavior? How have criminal justice organizations adapted to using information technology? What is the future of information in criminal justice?

There have been many technical, analytical, legal, and organizational issues related to advances in computer and information technology over the past several decades. Given the substantial investments that federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies are making in information technology, they now consider it an integral component of understanding how our criminal justice system works.

Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System
suggests that information technology in criminal justice will continue to challenge us to think about how we turn information into knowledge, who can use that knowledge, and for what purposes. In this text, editor April Pattavina synthesizes the growing body of research in information technology and criminal justice. Contributors examine what has been learned from past experiences, what the current state of IT is in various components of the criminal justice system, and what challenges lie ahead.

Key Features

  • Covers a broad array of topics, including IT development and applications in organizations, data quality issues, legal issues, and criminal justice education
  • Spans a variety of criminal justice agencies including courts, police, and corrections
  • Includes contributors renowned in the field of criminal justice information systems
  • Incorporates case studies to enhance students' understanding of real-life situations

Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System is recommended for upper level undergraduate and graduate level courses in Criminal Justice departments, including Information Technology and Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Data Analysis; Crime Analysis; Technology and Criminal Justice; and Technology and Society. This book is also an excellent resource for professionals in the field.

Section I. Advances in Criminal Justice Information Technology
Terence Dunworth
Chapter 1: Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System : An Historical Overview
Lois M. Davis and Brian A. Jackson
Chapter 2: IT Acquiring, Implementing, and Evaluating Information Technology
Section II. The Criminal Justice System and the Internet
Roberta E. Griffith
Chapter 3: How Criminal Justice Agencies Use The Internet
David S. Wall
Chapter 4: The Internet as a Conduit for Criminals
Section III. Information Technology and Crime Reporting and Analysis
Donald Faggiani and David Hirschel
Chapter 5: The Impact of Information Technology on Crime Reporting: The NIBRS System
Phyllis P. McDonald
Chapter 6: Information Technology and Crime Analysis
April Pattavina
Chapter 7: Geographic Information Systems and Crime Mapping in Criminal Justice Agencies
Section IV. Information Technology Issues in Criminal Justice Agencies
Glenn Pierce and Roberta E. Griffith
Chapter 8: Comprehensive Planning of Criminal Justice Information and Intelligence Systems: ATF's Experience in Implementing Firearms Tracing in the United States
Kathleen Snavely, Faye S. Taxman and Stuart Gordon
Chapter 9: Offender-Based Information Sharing: Using a Consent-Driven System to Promote Integrated Service Delivery
Peter K. Manning
Chapter 10: Environment, Technology, and Organizational Change: Notes From the Police World
Section V. The Future of Information Technology in the Criminal Justice System
James M. Byrne and Eve Buzawa
Chapter 11: Information, Technology, and Criminal Justice Education
April Pattavina
Chapter12: The Future of Information Technology in Criminal Justice: Prospects and Challenges

This book is going to be a vey useful text for the MSC due to its critical approach to the issues of policy and practice. It is both informative and thought provoking and will be useful for students new to the field as well as those already practicing in it.

I am interested to know whether digitised chapters are available.

Ms Helen Poole
Social Science , Coventry University
October 4, 2010
Key features
Rapidly emerging course market and of high interest to professionals.

Contributors are nationally known.

Covers the breadth of major I.T. applications, as well as having chapters on acquisition and implication issues

Case studies will be found in most chapters.

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