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Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities 8th Edition

Samuel Walker

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2006, 2001
  • 448 Pages

Overview

Samuel Walker's SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT CRIME, DRUGS, AND COMMUNITIES was one of the first books to challenge common misconceptions about crime, and the new Eighth Edition remains uniquely effective at doing so. Described as a "masterful critique" of American policies on everything from crime control, to guns, to drugs, this incisive text cuts through popular myths and political rhetoric to confront both conservative and liberal propositions in the context of current research and proven practice. The result is a lucid, research-based work that stimulates critical thinking and enlivens class discussions. This engaging text captures the full complexity of the administration of justice while providing students with a clear sense of its key principles and general patterns.

Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he taught for 31 years before retiring in 2005. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. His current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Intervention Systems (EIS). Originally trained as a historian, he is completing a book on U.S. presidents and civil liberties. His personal website, with information on police accountability is: http://samuelwalker.net.
  • This edition places a greater emphasis on the "sense" theme, reflecting an extremely exciting development in the field--the emergence of crime policies that have been found to be effective through rigorous evaluation.
  • Among the most dramatically enhanced chapters is Chapter 5, "Unleash the Cops," which now addresses all of the various "smart policing" efforts in a broader perspective and features updated discussion of deterrence, the Boston Marathon bombing, "predictive policing," drones, and other topics.
  • Chapter 9, "Protect Crime Victims," has been completely rewritten and reorganized with a new focus on special populations of crime victims: women, the elderly, and juvenile runaways and "thrown-aways."
  • The author presents a new discussion on community reinvestment as a strategy for better dealing with offenders released from prison.
  • The groundbreaking original edition of SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT CRIME, DRUGS, AND COMMUNITIES was one of the first books to challenge common misconceptions about crime and to pointedly criticize policies based on those misconceptions, and each subsequent edition has built on this legacy of honest assessment and research-based analysis.
  • With a strong emphasis on current research and proven practices, Walker cuts through popular myths and political rhetoric to challenge both liberal and conservative policies and the underlying beliefs and assumptions that give rise to them.
  • A full chapter entitled "Crime and Community" provides an extensive discussion of community-focused crime prevention policies, including community prosecution, offender re-entry programs, and problem-oriented policing, offering students valuable information and insights related to these important topics.
  • Walker employs an engaging, reader-friendly writing style that enables him to clearly and vividly communicate even complex ideas about how the criminal justice system operates and the ways it is affected by politics.
Part I: THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT CRIME.
1. Crime and Policy: A Complex Problem.
2. Models of Criminal Justice.
3. The Going Rate.
4. The Prediction Problem.
Part II: "GET TOUGH": THE CONSERVATIVE ATTACK ON CRIME.
5. Unleash the Cops.
6. Deter the Criminals.
7. Lock 'Em Up.
8. Close the Loopholes.
Part III: THE MIDDLE GROUND: GUNS AND VICTIMS.
9. Protect Crime Victims.
10. Control Gun Crimes.
Part IV: REFORM: THE LIBERAL PRESCRIPTION.
11. Treat 'Em.
12. The Basis of an Orderly Society.
Part V: THE DRUG PROBLEM.
13. Sense and Nonsense about Drugs and Crime.
Part VI: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: CRIME AND COMMUNITY.
14. Crime and Community: Putting It All Together.

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285459219
Prepare for class more quickly and effectively with such resources as Chapter Outlines, Chapter Summaries, Key Terms, Learning Objectives, and Lecture Suggestions. A Test Bank containing multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions with a full Answer Key is included. Questions have been revised and new questions added to reflect new content. Each question tests students on one of the Learning Objectives in the text, and the Learning Objective that each question correlates to is cited in the Answer Key.