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Controversies in Criminal Justice

Contemporary Readings

Edited by Scott H. Decker, Leanne Fiftal Alarid, and Charles M. Katz

Publication Date - August 2002

ISBN: 9780195330175

362 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $109.99

This text provides two opposing viewpoints for each of sixteen criminal justice and criminology issues.


This innovative volume provides two contrasting essays for each of sixteen criminal justice and criminology issues, including such provocative subjects as terrorism, guns and crime, and racial profiling. The essays present opposing viewpoints: one supports the issue, while the other disputes it.

The text also incorporates the following pedagogical features:
* An introduction of key concepts
* Critical thinking questions
* Internet websites for further research

Table of Contents

    Part One: The Nature of American Crime
    Issue I. National Drug Control Policy: Should We Legalize Drugs?
    Issue II. Guns and Crime: Should We Relax Gun Permit Laws?
    Issue III. Intelligence and Crime: Do Those with Less Intelligence Commit More Crime?
    Issue IV. Terrorism: How Far Should the Government Go In Protecting Against Terrorists?
    Part Two: Law Enforcement and Community Policing
    Issue V. Police Organizations: Should Police Organizations Model Themselves More Like the Military?
    Issue VI. Community Oriented Policing? Are We There Yet?
    Issue VII. Zero-Tolerance Policing: Is It Effective in Reducing Crime?
    Issue VIII. Racial Profiling: Do the Police Target Minorities For Traffic Stops?
    Part Three: Administering Criminal Law in the Courts
    Issue IX. Does the Federal Grand Jury Adequately Perform its Screening Role?
    Issue X. Are Drug Courts a Promising Pre-Trial Strategy?
    Issue XI. Should Cameras be in the Courtroom During Criminal Trials?
    Part Four: Punishment of Offenders
    Issue XII. Lock 'Em Up: Do We Overuse Imprisonment as a Punishment Strategy?
    Issue XIII. Beyond Revenge: Will the Restorative Justice Paradigm Achieve Its Intended Goals?
    Issue XIV. For Profit or Punishment: Should Jails and Prisons be Privatized?
    Issue XV. Is it a Good Idea to House Juveniles in Adult Correctional Facilities?
    Issue XVI. Megan's Law: Should neighbors be notified when a sex offender is released into their community?