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Flawed Criminal Justice Policies

At the Intersection of the Media, Public Fear and Legislative Response

Edited by: Frances P. Reddington, Gene Bonham, Jr.

Tags: Policy

Table of Contents (PDF)

Teacher's Manual available

314 pp  $40.00

ISBN 978-1-59460-936-7
eISBN 978-1-5310-0339-5

This textbook reader examines the concept of flawed policies in the criminal justice arena. The authors address the costs of bad criminal justice policy and offer suggestions for the creation of good, sound, evidence-based policy. Specific topics highlighted include:

• The War on Drugs

• Immigration Laws

• The Patriot Act and Terrorist Laws

• Sentencing Guidelines

• Three Strikes Laws

• Capital Punishment

• Sex Offender Laws

• "Get Tough" Juvenile Policy

• Zero Tolerance in Schools

• Policies for Mental Health Offenders

• Policies with Pregnant Offenders

Courses appropriate for this textbook reader include upper level undergraduate and graduate level criminal justice courses dealing at least in part with public policies, the media impact on law making, public fear of crime and the legislative response. Other disciplines will also find this book an excellent supplement to their courses in Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration and Policy.

"As a policy-oriented coursebook in the social science arena, Flawed Criminal Justice Policies by Reddington and Bonham is unparalleled. The authors' proficiency in examining unsustainable criminal justice policies, the misguided public perception and the capricious nature of the media's portrayal of crime compels students to reexamine our nation's crime problem from a much more common sense approach. My students described the textbook as 'practical, real world and thought provoking'. I highly recommend this text and many of my colleagues have also adopted it. It will truly engage your students and elicit great debates and classroom discussion."
Professor Joanne C. Metzger J.D, Temple University, Department of Criminal Justice

The Teacher's Manual is available as a pdf via email or on a CD. Please contact Beth Hall at to request a copy. PowerPoint slides are available upon adoption. Sample slides from the full, 153-slide presentation are available to view here. Email for more information.