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Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy, 1st Edition

  • Natasha Frost
  • Joshua Freilich
  • Todd Clear Rutgers University
  • ISBN-10: 0495911097  |  ISBN-13: 9780495911098
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
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Edited by ASC President Todd Clear along with Natasha Frost and Joshua Freilich, CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY is an outstanding new anthology of policy-focused essays ideal for stimulating policy discussions and debates in the classroom. Featuring all 23 policy proposals and 30 response essays presented at the American Society of Criminology's 2009 annual meeting, this collection includes essays by some of the leading criminologists in the field. This thought-provoking text presents sections on justice policy, drug policy, terrorism policy, immigration policy, policing policy, juvenile justice policy, and corrections policy. The book's concise format makes it an invaluable resource for those wanting to incorporate policy into their criminology and criminal justice curricula.

Features and Benefits

  • The first new offering in years for Criminal Justice Policy courses, this exciting new anthology features all 23 policy proposals and 30 response essays presented at the November, 2009 American Society of Criminology conference.
  • Every subfield within criminal justice – courts, corrections, and policing – is represented in this succinct yet comprehensive collection of readings, which also spotlights such important policy areas as terrorism, immigration, juvenile justice, drugs, and more.
  • Featuring a foreword by ASC President Todd Clear and contributions from David Bayley, Alfred Blumstein, Philip Cook, Candace McCoy, Doris MacKenzie, Richard Rosenfeld, David Weisburd, Charles Wellford and many more, this collection includes essays from some of the leading criminologists in the field as well as promising young scholars.
  • The book's concise format makes it an invaluable resource for those wanting to incorporate policy into their criminology and criminal justice curricula, and can serve not only as a post-meeting reference, but also as a mainstream text for undergraduate Policy courses.

Table of Contents

1. Advancing Justice Policy. Natasha A. Frost & Joshua D. Freilich.
2. Creating Research Evidence: Work to Enhance the Capacity of Justice Agencies for Generating Evidence. Thomas E. Feucht & Christopher A. Innes.
3. Criminologists Should Stop Whining About Their Impact on Policy and Practice. Charles F. Wellford.
Advancing Criminology in Policy and Practice. Thomas G. Blomberg.
Raising the Level of Public Debate: Another View of Criminology''s Policy Relevance. Richard Rosenfeld.
4. Processes of Redemption Should be Built into the Use of Criminal-History Records for Background Checking. Alfred Blumstein & Kiminori Nakamura.
"Virtue''s door unsealed is never sealed again": Redeeming Redemption and the Seven-Year Itch. Shadd Maruna.
5. The Price and the Promise of Citizenship: Extending the Vote to Nonincarcerated Felons. Christopher Uggen & Michelle Inderbitzin.
Felons Should Not Have an Automatic Right to Vote. Roger Clegg.
6. Reduce Disparity in Economic Sanctions. R. Barry Ruback & Valerie A. Clark.
If It''s Disparity, Sure. Candace McCoy.
7. Use Information Technologies to Empower Communities & Drive Innovation in the
Criminal Justice System. Tracy Siska.
Response to Siska. Susan Turner.
8. Leave the Minimum Drinking Age to the States. Philip J. Cook.
The Minimum Legal Drinking Age: "Leaving it to the States" vs. Uniformity at a Lower Age. Mark A.R. Kleiman.
9. Legal Regulation of Marijuana: The Better Way. Patricia Erickson, Elaine Hyshka, & Andrew Hathaway.
Radical Drug Control. Hal Pepinsky.
10. International Cooperation, Not Unilateral Policies May Be the Best Counterterrorist Strategy. Gary LaFree, Sue-Ming Yang, & Martha Crenshaw.
Applying Crime Theory to Terrorism Research. Leslie W. Kennedy.
Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Terrorism Research: A Response to LaFree, Yang, & Crenshaw. Cynthia Lum.
11. Policymakers and Law Enforcement Must Consider the Unintended Consequences of Their Proposed Interventions/Responses to Extremist and Terrorist Groups. Steven M. Chermak, Joshua D. Freilich, & David Caspi.
Recommendations about Recommendations: Regarding the Need for Sufficient Funding, Sophisticated Data Analysis, and Discipline Maturity. Kelly Damphousse.
12. Allow Extremist Participation in the Policy-Making Process. Laura Dugan and Joseph Young.
Including Extremists in the Political Process: "Irreconcilables," Constraints on Violence, and the Social Scientific Analysis of Terrorism. Brian Nussbaum.
13. Preventing Firearms Use by Terrorists in the U.S. Through Enhanced Law Enforcement and Intelligence Cooperation. Richard L. Legault and James C. Hendrickson.
Comment on Legault and Hendrickson. Alan J. Lizotte.
14. Reduce Using Immigration Status to Address Crime. Ramiro Martinez, Jr.
Responding to Immigration and Immigration "Talk." Scott H. Decker.
15. Toward a Smarter and More Just Fortress Europe: Combining Temporary Labor Migration and Effective Policies of Return. Godfried Engbersen & Arjen Leerkes.
The Criminalization of Migrants in Europe: A Comment on Engbersen and Leerkes. Dario Melossi.
Is There a More Just "Fortress Europe"? A Review of Engbersen and Leerkes. Nora V. Demleitner.
16. Fostering Academic Opportunities to Counteract Social Exclusion. Sandra M. Bucerius.
Delinquency, Opportunity and the Second Generation Immigrant Puzzle. Franklin E. Zimring.
17. Rethinking Policing: The Policy Implications of Hot Spots of Crime.
Stephen D. Mastrofski, David Weisburd, & Anthony A. Braga. Taking Implementation Seriously: A Response to Mastrofski, Weisburd, and Braga. Edward R. Maguire.
Hot Spots Do Not Exist, and Four Other Fundamental Concerns about Hot-Spots Policing. Ralph B. Taylor.
18. The U.S. Needs a National Police University. Gary Cordner.
The Management of Police Education and Training. Geoffrey Alpert.
Response to Cordner. David Bayley.
19. Provide Justice for Prostituted Teens: Stop Arresting and Prosecuting Girls. Linda M. Williams.
The CSEC Population in New York City: Supporting the Argument to Abolish Prosecuting Prostituted Teens. Karen Terry & Meredith Dank.
20. Ban Juvenile Transfer to Adult Court in Homicide Cases: Brain Development and the Need for a Blended Sentence Approach. Carrie Pettus-Davis & Eric Garland.
In Defense of Waiver and Youthfulness as a Mitigating Factor in Sentencing. Barry C. Feld.
21. Public Health is Public Safety: Revamping the Correctional Mission. Faye S. Taxman & Liz Ressler.
Revamping the Mission: Obstacles and Issues. Doris L. MacKenzie.
Improving the Health of Current and Former Inmates: What Matters Most? Michael Massoglia & Jason Schnittker.
22. Making Prisons Safer: Policies and Strategies to Reduce Extremism and Radicalization among U.S. Prisoners. Bert Useem & Obie Clayton.
A Response to Useem and Clayton''s Making Prisons Safer. Bill Wakefield & Scott Chenault.
Searching for a Needle in the Haystack: A Look at Hypotheses and Explanations for the
Low Prevalence of Radicalization in American Prisons. Vincent J. Webb.
23. Substantially Reduce Mass Incarceration by Sentencing Focused on Community
Well-Being. Douglas Thomson.
Opportunities for Reducing America''s Prison Populations. James Austin.
24. Prisoner Reentry Planning and Programming Must Address Family Reunification, Relationship Conflict, and Domestic Violence. William Oliver.
The Multi-Pronged Potential Effects of Implementing Domestic Violence Programs in Men''s Prisons and Reentry Programming. Joanne Belknap.
The Importance of Family Reunification in the Prisoner Reentry Process. Johnna Christian.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Natasha Frost

Natasha A. Frost, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. Natasha's primary research and teaching interests are in the area of punishment and social control. Specifically, she is interested in punitiveness (both individual and state level), formal and informal social control, and the effects of incarceration and reentry on individuals, families, and communities. Natasha has recently published in Criminology & Public Policy, Punishment & Society, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She is co-author of the book, The Punishment Imperative (with Todd Clear), that will be published by NYU Press in 2010. From 2000-2007, she served as Founding Managing Editor and then Associate Editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy (CPP).

Joshua Freilich

Joshua D. Freilich is the Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Ph.D. program and a member of the Criminal Justice department at John Jay College, the City University of New York. He is a lead investigator for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since 2006, Freilich has created and directed (with Steven Chermak) the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB), the first of its kind relational database on the suspects, victims, events, and group characteristics of violent and financial crimes committed by far-rightists, environmental/animal rights extremists, and jihadists in the United States. The ECDB has been funded by both DHS directly, and through START. Freilich's research has been published in Behavioral Science and the Law, Crime Prevention Studies, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Law and Human Behavior, Prison Journal, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

Todd Clear

Todd R. Clear is Distinguished Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. In addition, he has written several books and is founding editor of the journal CRIMINOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY (ASC). He has conducted extensive research on a range of topics in corrections, including sentencing policy, probation and parole supervision, institutional programs, corrections administration, and community justice. He has received awards from the American Probation and Parole Association, the International Association of Community Corrections, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for his work. During 2001, he was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and vice president of the American Society of Criminology. Among his books are CONTROLLING THE OFFENDER IN THE COMMUNITY (with V. O'Leary); HARM IN AMERICAN PENOLOGY, THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (with David Karp); and AMERICAN CORRECTIONS (with G. Cole).