Controversial issues in criminology

Allyn and Bacon, 1999 - 258 Seiten
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Should prostitution be legalized? Are stalking laws effective? Is medical treatment a useful way to deal with criminal offenders? Are restorative justice processes too lenient toward offenders? These are some of the most hotly debated questions in the field of criminology, often sparking discomfort and anger among those who wish to know more about these issues. Now, Controversial Issues in Criminologyattempts to provide factual information and a much-needed forum for discussion, utilizing a unique debate format to discuss controversial issues in the field of criminology. KEY TOPICS:Topics addressed in this book were chosen with a conscious effort to include those that are the most controversial. The contributing authors, each solicited because of their expertise in this area, come from a variety of backgrounds, academic disciplines and perspectives. In addition to such hot topics as prostitution, stalking, and the rehabilitation of criminals, the book also covers issues such as the "supersizing" of murder, government research on terrorism, stricter law enforcement for "techno-crimes," and the role of "community corrections."Law enforcement officers, corrections officers, educators, students of law enforcement, and anyone interested in issues of criminal justice and the correctional process.

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Über den Autor (1999)

John Randolph Fuller has been a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of West Georgia for over 25 years. He brings both an applied and theoretical background to his scholarship. He served as a probation and parole officer for the Florida Probation and Parole Commission in Broward County, Florida, where he managed a caseload of more than 100 felons. He also served as a criminal justice planner for the Palm Beach Metropolitan Criminal Justice Planning Unit. In this capacity, he worked with every criminal justice agency in a three-county area writing and supervising grants for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Dr. Fuller has received awards for both his scholarship and his teaching. The Textbook and Academic Authors Association bestowed on him its prestigious TEXTY Award for his book "Criminal Justice: Mainstream and Crosscurrents," Additionally, he was given the first "Distinguished Scholar Award" by the University of West Georgia College of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia named Dr. Fuller a Governor's Teaching Fellow. Additionally, he was chosen as Honors Professor of the Year, 2000-2001 by the students of the University of West Georgia's Honors College. Recognized as an accomplished scholar, teacher, adviser, and mentor, Dr Fuller is committed to the ideals of fairness and justice for all for victims, offenders, and practitioners in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. In addition to reading widely and watching too many sport programs on television, Dr. Fuller enjoys playing golf and painting, neither of which he does well.

Eric W. Hickey, Ph.D., Currently teaching criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno, Dr. Hickey also serves as an adjunct professor for Fresno City College and the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hickey has considerable field experience working with the criminally insane, psychopaths, sex offenders and other habitual criminals. Internationally recognized for his research on multiple homicide offenders, Dr. Hickey has published and lectured extensively on the etiology of violence and serial crime. His book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 2nd edition, will be published in a significantly revised third edition by summer of 2001. The text is used as a teaching tool in colleges and universities and by law enforcement in studying the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships.

His research is often the subject of newspaper, radio and television interviews including National Public Radio, Larry King Live, 20/20, A&E, BBC, Good Morning America, Court TV, Discovery and Learning Channel documentaries. Dr. Hickey frequently speaks to school and community organizations and provides training seminars for administrators, school psychologists and counselors in addressing crime and the deterrence of violence.

A former consultant to the UNABOM Task Force, Dr. Hickey assists various law enforcement and private agencies and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. He conducts training seminars for government agencies involving the profiling and investigating of sex crimes, arson, homicide, as well as stalking and workplace violence. Dr. Hickey has traveled to Israel and trained VIP protection specialists from around the world in profiling and deterring stalkers. He assisted in developing a cyber-stalking training course for the National District Attorney's Association and the American Prosecutor's Research Institute. His latest research, a study of 220 victims of stalking, examines the psychology and classification of stalkers, victim-offender relationships, intervention and deterrence strategies for potential offenders and modes of victim assistance.

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