Criminal Justice Masterworks

A History of Ideas about Crime, Law, Police, and Corrections

Revised Printing

by Robert A. Panzarella, Daniel O'Neal Vona

Tags: Criminal Justice Education, History

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368 pp  $42.00

ISBN 978-1-61163-412-9
eISBN 978-1-5310-0335-7

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Criminal Justice Masterworks weaves together three strands of intellectual pursuit: an acquaintance with great writings on criminal justice, the perspective provided by a history of ideas, and the skills of critical thinking.

The editors provide a taste of classic works usually known to students only through textbook summaries, short excerpts, or references elsewhere. The masterworks in criminal justice are separated into four areas: criminology, legal studies, police studies, and correctional studies. They include selections from Beccaria on justice and law, torture and the death penalty; Lombroso on biological and social factors in crime; Shaw & McKay on juvenile delinquency; Chambliss on law making and special interest groups; Holmes on the evolution of law; Frankfurter on interpreting statutes; Westley on police solidarity and use of force; Fogelson on the dilemmas of the professional movement in policing; Goldstein on policing in a democratic society; Beaumont & Tocqueville on the reform ideal in penitentiaries; Augustus on probation concepts and strategies; and Clemmer on the effects of imprisonment. The twelve selections are rather extensive in order to convey the main ideas, display the logical and empirical foundations of the works, and allow for critical thinking on the fundamental issues.

Criminal Justice Masterworks was developed primarily for use in a capstone seminar for college undergraduates majoring in criminal justice studies. It is also useful as a brief survey of great writings in criminal justice for any advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student or criminal justice professional. It is for students, teachers, and professionals who want to explore criminal justice ideas and practices at a greater depth.

The Teaching Materials are available electronically on a CD or via email. Please contact Beth Hall at to request a copy.

The scope of this compilation and the appropriateness of the selections are exemplary. Panzarella and Vona have done an admirable job of providing a compilation that lays the philosophical and empirical grounding required to understand contemporary aspects of criminology, legal, police, and correctional studies. …This exemplary book would be an ideal choice for those requiring a theoretical introduction at the graduate level as well as for faculty and criminal justice professionals seeking broad coverage of these topics."
— Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Summing up: Recommended."
— CHOICE Magazine
I would happily use this to teach my first years."
— Nic Groombridge, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, in The Howard Journal

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