Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice

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byFrederic G. Reamer

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Why do people commit crimes? How can crime be prevented? And what can society and criminal justice professionals do to implement constructive responses to criminal behavior? Summarizing what he has learned about crime and criminals during his long career, one of social work’s most distinguished theoreticians speculates about the factors that lead to crime and considers what we can do to prevent and respond to it meaningfully. Criminal Lessons is based on more than thirteen thousand cases in which Frederic G. Reamer has been involved as a parole board member, a role that was supplemented by his earlier experiences working in a federal correctional facility, a state penitentiary, and a forensic unit in a state psychiatric hospital.

Reamer presents an original and compelling typology of crime that classifies offenders on the basis of the circumstances that led to their offenses. He isolates seven categories, tracing crime to desperation, greed, rage, revenge, frolic, addiction, or mental illness. Using actual case studies to illustrate these patterns of 'criminal circumstances,' Reamer presents a model for the prevention of, and response to, crime and throughout the book offers recommendations related to social services, criminal justice, and public policy.

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Why do people commit crimes? How can crime be prevented? And what can society and criminal justice professionals do to implement constructive responses to criminal behavior? Summarizing what he has learned about crime and criminals during his long career, one of social work’s most distinguished theoreticians speculates about the factor...

Frederic G. Reamer is professor of social work at Rhode Island College. The author or editor of twelve books, he received the Council of Social Work Education's award for recent distinguished contributions in social work.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 6, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231503156

ISBN - 13:9780231503150

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Table of Contents

1. First Lessons
The Typology of Criminal Circumstances
Lessons Learned
A Primer on Etiology
Responding to Crime
The Calibration-Recalibration Model of Crime Prevention and Control
The Stages of Change
2. Crimes of Desperation
Financial Desperation and Poverty
White-Collar Financial Desperation
Crimes of Fear
Desperate Personal Circumstances
3. Crimes of Greed, Exploitation, and Opportunism
Financial Crimes
Organized Crime
Gang Exploitation
Sexual Exploitation
4. Crimes of Rage
Family and Relationship Violence
Social Violence
Workplace Violence
Stranger Rage
5. Crimes of Revenge and Retribution
Family and Relationship Revenge and Retribution
Acquaintance Revenge and Retribution
Coworker Revenge and Retribution
Authority Figure Revenge and Retribution
6. Crimes of Frolic
Thrill-Seeking Behavior
Entertainment
Frolic Under the Influence
7. Crimes of Addiction
Substance Abuse
Pathological Gambling
8. Crimes of Mental Illness
Biological Correlates of Mental Illness
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Paraphilias
Mental Retardation
Dissociative Disorders
9. Final Lessons
Crime Prevention
Responding to Crime
Notes
References
Index