The criminal justice system is framed predominantly by notions of justice, as well as the creation of policies that will most effectively prevent and/or punish crime. The pedagogy of criminal justice often overlooks the expenditures that are necessary to enact these policies or how people actually benefit from the creation of these policies. While there is certainly a relationship between fiscal concerns and criminal justice policy, this relationship is oftentimes mediated by a political process that is dictated by stereotypical views of crime, as well as outright mythology concerning the nature of criminality. Thus, the purpose of this book is to address these issues, by concentrating on the different sectors of the criminal justice system and what effect money and politics have on these sectors.
The topics covered in the textbook include determining the costs of crime, the fear of crime and crime myths, how theory affects paradigms of criminal justice regarding money and politics, federalism and the criminal justice system, interests groups that affect criminal justice policy, policing, corrections, and courts. In the concluding chapter, we pose the question of what should the relationship be between criminal justice policy, politics, and money.
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“A sound introduction and discussion of criminal justice policy matters, as it relates to American political practices and financial considerations.” — Philip D. McCormack, Criminal Justice Review
“...the authors present a many-layered review of the components of this system and the myriad factors influencing criminal justice policy...with extensive scholarly annotation and study aids—such as chapter outlines, learning objectives, lists of key terms/people and sample discussion questions—this book is a ready-made resource for academic use in college courses related to criminal justice, political science, sociology or law. It is also thought-provoking for criminal justice leaders and legislative policymakers at local, state, and federal levels, as well as anyone involved in criminal justice who desires a broad contextual view of their profession in contemporary times.” — David Bornus, Corrections Today Vol. 79, No. 2
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