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Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice, 5th Edition

  • Ray Surette University of Central Florida
  • ISBN-10: 1285459059  |  ISBN-13: 9781285459059
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 1998
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $115.00
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MEDIA, CRIME, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE is the definitive text on media and criminal justice. The book features impeccable scholarship, a direct and approachable style, and an engaging format--supported by visual examples and sidebar material that complements the narrative. With the ever-increasing role of media in both reporting crime and shaping it into infotainment, the importance of the interplay between contemporary media and the criminal justice system is greater today than ever before. Author Ray Surette comprehensively surveys this interplay and showcases its impact, emphasizing that people use media-provided knowledge to construct a picture of the world and then act based on this constructed reality.

Features and Benefits

  • Numerous visuals and contemporary examples throughout the text help students make connections to the substantive points found in each chapter.
  • The book helps students become critical media consumers by highlighting and correcting common misconceptions regarding the mass media's effects on crime and justice.
  • The author provides a scientific yet approachable treatment of the subject, with a well-researched and thorough review of the relevant empirical and legal data on the criminal justice system, the media's influence on attitudes, the media's impact on crime, and media-designed programs to reduce crime.

Table of Contents

1. Crime, Justice, and Media.
2. New Media and Social Constructionism.
3. Images of Crime and Criminality.
4. Criminogenic Media.
5. Crime Fighters.
6. The Courts.
7. Corrections.
8. Crime Control.
9. The Media and Criminal Justice Policy.
10. New Media, Crime, and Justice.
11. New Media, Crime, and Justice in the Twenty-First Century.

What's New

  • Newly organized into eleven chapters, the book follows the content and influence of the media as it relates to the committing of crime, as well as to the sequential components of the criminal justice system as typically covered in undergraduate criminal justice courses.
  • Many recent examples illustrate the book's themes, and material covering new media and social media as they relate to crime is emphasized. Entire sections cover new topics such as the production of crime news; the dynamics of performance crime; the effect of video games; celebrity crime news; terrorism and the media; the impact of social media, self-surveillance, and memorial criminal justice policies; and mediated criminal justice. Other new topics include how white-collar crime is portrayed in the media (e.g., Bernie Madoff) and an expanded discussion of the CSI effect.
  • The author discusses recent media crime and justice events and associated personalities, including Amanda Knox's Italian murder trial, the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, the Jodi Arias murder trial, the Boston marathon bombings, "happy slapping, "ghost riding," and copycat crime. There are also new boxes on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden.
  • A new Chapter 4, "Criminogenic Media," is dedicated to how the media portraits described in the book can be criminogenic and related to real-world criminal behavior. The ongoing debates regarding the effects of video games on player aggression and the impact of the Internet and social media on criminality are reviewed. The chapter also discusses copycat crime and media-orientated terrorism in detail.
  • A new Chapter 10, "New Media, Crime, and Justice," discusses such topics as cybercrime, the dark web, how new media provide the means to commit new types of crimes (based on a discussion of a New York cannibal police officer), and the growth of performance crime (highlighting Smack Cams). Additional boxes discuss how social media have been used to further victimize crime victims as well as help law enforcement solve crimes by utilizing iPhones, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • Chapter 11, "Media, Crime, and Justice in the Twenty-First Century," wraps up the main points of the book and offers projections about the future of the relationship between media, crime, and justice. It includes new discussions on competing models of the media's relationship to criminal justice and the evolving mediated crime-and-justice reality that reflects new and social media.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + Careers in Criminal Justice Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1285943082  | ISBN-13: 9781285943084

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  • Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
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ePack: Printed Text + Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305612329 | ISBN-13:  9781305612327

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285459423 | ISBN-13: 9781285459424)

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. Thirty percent of the questions have been revised and new questions added to reflect new content. Each question tests students on one of the Learning Objectives, and the Learning Objective that each question correlates to is cited in the Answer Key.

Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

Delivered via email, the Instant Access Code includes a URL and a code that students use to gain full access to the Careers in Criminal Justice Website, which helps them investigate the criminal justice career choices that are right for them. Students can take advantage of interest assessments, career profiles, video interviews, and a career Rolodex with links and tools to assist them in finding a professional position. There's also a career planner with sample résumés, letters, and interview questions, and a wealth of information on "soft skills" such as health and fitness, stress management, and effective communication.

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Student Supplements

Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

List Price = $24.00  | CengageBrain Price = $24.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ray Surette

Ray Surette has a doctorate in criminology from Florida State University and is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. His crime and media research interests revolve around the media's effects on perceptions of crime and justice, criminogenic media, and criminal justice policies. He has published numerous articles and books on media, crime, and criminal justice topics and is internationally recognized as a scholar in the area. He has published research on the development of public information officers in criminal justice agencies, crime and justice infotainment programming, copycat crime, the effects of news coverage of high profile trials on similarly charged non-publicized trials and on police recruits, the effects of news coverage of corrections on municipal jail population trends, media oriented terrorism, and the use of computer-aided camera surveillance systems in law enforcement. He is currently working on a book on copycat crime.