A Closer Look at Criminal Justice

Jonathon A. Cooper (Editor)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana, USA

Kayla G. Jachimowski (Editor)
Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: LAW026000

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A Closer Look at Criminal Justice is a collection of daring chapters on the state of the discipline. Each chapter considers a specific criminal justice or criminological problem— new or persistent—with fresh eyes. The contributors pull no punches: their insights are novel, salient, and sometimes controversial.

A Closer Look at Criminal Justice is thematically divided into three parts. Part 1: Criminal Justice and Criminology in Education, discusses how we teach our undergraduate students about race, the way we treat our graduate students, and inmate education. We wanted to highlight criminal justice education at the university level in the first part of the book in large part because this book is best suited in the classroom, but especially because as educators, we live and breathe the importance of education. The book progresses in Part 2, Theory and Praxis, with a discussion of applicable criminological theory and research methodology in criminal justice where the goal is to highlight the importance of using theory and research as the foundation for policy positions, support, and understanding. The remaining part of the book, Persistent Issues in Criminal Justice, provides fresh insights on “old” subjects and problems in the administration of justice, such as community policing, the aging prison population, and marijuana use in the United States of America.

This book is best suited in senior seminars, capstone, or contemporary issues courses; master’s level classes on the criminal justice system; and is also important for faculty members and doctoral students with a vested interest in the current tempo of criminal justice practice, research, education, and thought. Reading this book, students and scholars should have a better idea of the current issues facing our discipline, particularly those issues that do not get as much exposure as others.
(Imprint: Nova)

Dedication

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Legitimacy at Stake: Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Learning Race
(Sarah Daly and London Smith, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, US)

Chapter 2. Doctoral Programs and the Power of Privilege: Widening the Net of Educational Opportunity
(Daniel Scott, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, US)

Chapter 3. Educating the Incarcerated: An Examination of the Benefits and Major Barriers in Prison Education
(Blair Hillegass, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, US)

Chapter 4. Integral Criminology: Quadrants, Levels and Lines of Criminality
(David R. Champion, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, US)

Chapter 5. A Case for the Police: An Investigation into Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve
(Eric Kocian, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, US)

Chapter 6. Community-Based Research in a Rural Community
(Katie Ely and Ed Bowman, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, PA, US, and others)

Chapter 7. Community Policing as a Progressive Model: The Role of Race and Implications for Training
(Andrea Weathersby, Licensed Psychologist, Consultant, Charlotte, NC, US)

Chapter 8. Police, Force, and Exploitation by the Media
(Lindsey Smathers and Samantha Bennett, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, US)

Chapter 9. The Effect of Citizens’ Perceptions of Police Legitimacy on Violence: Redefining the Ferguson Effect as a Legitimacy Problem
(Liana Marmolejos, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, US)

Chapter 10. Mental Health and CIT in a Prison Setting
(Kayla Jachimowski and Carley Smathers, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, US)

Chapter 11. Aging Inmates: The Graying of America’s Prisons
(Selye Lee, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, US)

Chapter 12. Juvenile Justice in the United States and Germany: A Comparative Perspective
(Sarah Kuehn and Kerry Edwards, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, US)

Chapter 13. The U.S. Marijuana Neutral State
(Shavonne Arthurs, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, US)

Index

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