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Public Policy, Crime, and Criminal Justice, 2/e

Barry W. Hancock, Southwest State University
Paul M. Sharp, Auburn University at Montgomery

Published July, 1999 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology

Copyright 2000, 448 pp.
ISBN 0-13-020615-6

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For upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Public Affairs, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Police Studies, and Public Administration. This unique anthology exposes students to a collection of original works that provide a bridge between issues related to public policy. Students are exposed to a “whole-system” view of policy, crime, and criminal justice.


NEW—Updated Questions for Discussion throughout.

  • This learning tool integrates the readings with students' thinking through open class discussion, exercises, or individual assignments.
Original articles are strategically organized throughout—Beginning with a general discussion of public policy, then the causes of crime, the components of the criminal justice system, and the implications for policy.
  • The traditional components of the criminal justice system are covered as each relates to policy within that component and the system as a whole.
Presents original sources—Allowing students to broaden their understanding of a particular area free of the authors' interpretation of the material.
  • With original works, the text addresses the policy dimensions of crime and criminal justice specifically rather than in supplemental fashion.

Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Questions for Discussion sections.) I. PUBLIC POLICY AND CRIME.
    1. The Public Policy Process in the United States, William P. Hojnacki.
    2. Public Policy and Criminology: An Historical and Philosophical Reassessment, James F. Gilsinan.
    3. Science, Public Policy, and the Career Paradigm, Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi.
    4. Crime, Justice, and the Social Environment, Elliott Currie.
    5. At the Roots of Violence: The Progressive Decline and the Dissolution of the Family, George B. Palermo and Douglas Simpson.
    6. Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: A Summary, Joan Petersilia.
    7. The Intersection of Drug Use and Criminal Behavior: Results from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, Lana Harrison and Joseph Gfroerer.

The Criminal Justice System. 8. Two Models of the Criminal Justice System: An Organizational Perspective, Malcolm M. Feeley.
    9. The Desirability of Goal Conflict within the Criminal Justice System, Kevin N. Wright.
    Law Enforcement.

    10. Policing the Ghetto Underclass: The Politics of Law and Law Enforcement, William Chambliss.
    11. Developing Police Policy: An Evaluation of the Control Principle, Geoffrey P. Alpert and William C. Smith.
    12. Who Ya Gonna Call? The Police as Problem-Busters, John E. Eck and William Spelman.
    13. Transforming the Police, Stephen D. Mastrofski and Craig D. Uchida.
    The Courts.
    14. Priority Prosecution of High-Rate Dangerous Offenders, Marcia R. Chaiken and Jan M. Chaiken.
    15. The Capacity of Courts as Policy Making Forums, Christopher E. Smith.
    16. Court Clerks, Court Administrators, and Judges: Conflict in Managing the Courts, G. Larry Mays and William A. Taggart.

    17. Sentencing Reform and Correctional Policy: Some Unanswered Questions, Edward E. Rhine.
    18. The Limits of Punishment as Social Policy, Don C. Gibbons.
    19. Adapting Conservative Correctional Policies to the Economic Realities of the 1990s, Alida V. Merlo and Peter J. Benekos.
    20. The Greatest Correctional Myth: Winning the War on Crime through Incarceration, Joseph W. Rogers.
    Juvenile Justice.

    21. Serious and Violent Juvenile Crime: A Comprehensive Strategy, John J. Wilson and James C. Howell.
    22. Youth Gangs and Public Policy, C. Ronald Huff.
    23. A Policy Maker's Guide to Controlling Delinquency and Crime through Family Interventions, Kevin N. Wright and Karen E. Wright.
    24. Emerging Trends and Issues in Juvenile Justice, Michael F. Aloisi.
    25. Policy Relevance and the Future of Criminology, Joan Petersilia.
    26. Crime Control as Human Rights Enforcement, Robert Elias.
    27. Moving into the New Millennium: Toward a Feminist Vision of Justice, M. Kay Harris.
    28. Confronting Crime: Looking toward the Twenty-First Century, Elliott Currie.
    29. Beyond the Fear of Crime: Reconciliation as the Basis for Criminal Justice Policy, Russ Immarigeon.


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