You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice

Paperback | July 29, 2008

byBruce N. Waller

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This book offers students a unique opportunity to examine strong yet very readable competing views on twenty of the major issues in contemporary criminal justice. It features the works of major writers in the discipline and explores the ideas, orientations and arguments driving the field. Each essay quickly draws readers into the debate using accompanying questions and encourages readers to assess arguments and determine their own conclusions. Where to Find More sections highlight additional resources that can be used to explore each issue in more detail. For anyone interested in the criminal justice system

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This book offers students a unique opportunity to examine strong yet very readable competing views on twenty of the major issues in contemporary criminal justice. It features the works of major writers in the discipline and explores the ideas, orientations and arguments driving the field. Each essay quickly draws readers into the debat...

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This book offers students a unique opportunity to examine strong yet very readable competing views on twenty of the major issues in contemporary criminal justice. It features the works of major writers in the discipline and explores the ideas, orientations and arguments driving the field. Each essay quickly draws readers into the debat...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205514103

ISBN - 13:9780205514106

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Table of Contents

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Debate 1:¿ Should the Police Practice Discretion When Enforcing the Law?

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Debate 2:¿ Should the Police Use Trickery and Deceit in Investigations and Interrogations?

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Debate 3:¿ Should A Victims' Rights Amendment be Added to the U.S. Constitution?

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Debate 4:¿ Should the Use of Jailhouse Informants Be Abolished?

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Debate 5:¿ Is Plea Bargaining a Legitimate Way of Settling Criminal Cases?

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Debate 6:¿ Must Juries Be Cross-Sectional Representations of the Community?

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Debate 7:¿ Jury Nullification: Should Jurors Ever Refuse to Follow the Law?

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Debate 8:¿ Is the Restorative Justice Model the Best Model for Criminal Justice?

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Debate 9:¿ Should Shaming Be an Element of Criminal Punishment?

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Debate 10:¿ Should There Be Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Criminal Offenses?

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Debate 11:¿ Is Selective Incapacitation An Effective Policy for Reducing Crime?

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Debate 12:¿ Supermax Prisons: Valuable or Vile?

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Debate 13:¿ What Are the Rights of Criminals and Prisoners?

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Debate 14:¿ Should There be Laws Requiring Registration and Community Notification for Convicted Sex Offenders?

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Debate 15:¿ Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?

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Debate 16:¿ Are Boot Camps A Good Way to Deal With Youthful Offenders?

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Debate 17:¿ Should We Eliminate the Special System of Juvenile Justice?

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Debate 18:¿ Should We Continue the War on Drugs ?

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Debate 19:¿ Is the Patriot Act a Necessary Protection Against Terrorism Or a Threat to Our Civil Liberties?

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