Crime and Public Policy

Paperback | January 14, 2011

EditorJames Q. Wilson, Joan Petersilia

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Crime in the United States has fluctuated considerably over the past thirty years, as have the policy approaches to deal with it. During this time criminologists and other scholars have helped to shed light on the role of incarceration, prevention, drugs, guns, policing, and numerous otheraspects to crime control. Yet the latest research is rarely heard in public discussions and is often missing from the desks of policymakers. This book accessibly summarizes the latest scientific information on the causes of crime and evidence about what does and does not work to control it. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition of Crime and Public Policy will include twenty chapters and five new substantial entries. As with previous editions, each essay reviews the existing literature, discusses the methodological rigor of the studies, identifies what policies and programsthe studies suggest, and then points to policies now implemented that fail to reflect the evidence. The chapters cover the principle institutions of the criminal justice system (juvenile justice, police, prisons, probation and parole, sentencing), how broader aspects of social life inhibit orencourage crime (biology, schools, families, communities), and topics currently generating a great deal of attention (criminal activities of gangs, sex offenders, prisoner reentry, changing crime rates). With contributions from trusted, leading scholars, Crime and Public Policy offers the most comprehensive and balanced guide to how the latest and best social science research informs the understanding of crime and its control for policymakers, community leaders, and students of crime and criminaljustice.

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Crime in the United States has fluctuated considerably over the past thirty years, as have the policy approaches to deal with it. During this time criminologists and other scholars have helped to shed light on the role of incarceration, prevention, drugs, guns, policing, and numerous otheraspects to crime control. Yet the latest resea...

James Q. Wilson is Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. Joan Petersilia is Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia: Introduction2. James P. Lynch and William Alex Pridemore: Crime in International Perspective3. Terrie E. Moffitt, Stephen Ross, and Adrian Raine: Crime and Biology4. Peter W. Greenwood and Susan Turner: Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice5. David P. Farrington: Families and Crime6. Cheryl Maxson: Street Gangs: How Research Can Inform Policy7. Robert J. Sampson: Labor Markets and Crime8. Robert J. Sampson: The Community9. Randall Kennedy: Race and the Administration of Criminal Justice in the United States10. Philip J. Cook, Anthony A. Braga, and Mark H. Moore: Gun Control11. Francis T. Cullen and Cheryl Lero Jonson: Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs12. Eric Beauregard and Roxanne Lieb: Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Policy13. David A. Boyum, Jonathan P. Caulkins, and Mark A. R. Kleiman: Drugs, Crime, and Public Policy14. Robert Apel and Daniel S. Nagin: General Deterrence: A Review of Recent Evidence15. Brian Forst: Prosecution16. Kevin R. Reitz: Sentencing17. Joan Petersilia: Community Corrections: Probation, Parole, and Prisoner Reentry18. Anne Morrison Piehl and Bert Useem: Prisons19. Richard Rosenfeld: Changing Crime Rates20. Lawrence W. Sherman: Democratic Policing on the Evidence21. James Q. Wilson: Crime and Public Policy