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Visons for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition

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Roslyn Muraskin, Albert R. Roberts
Date Published
573 pages
In looking back on significant criminal justice issues in the past and projecting their trends into the 21st century, this book contains chapters by criminal justice academics that address crime challenges, policing, the courts and future interpretation of law, technology, correctional issues, and gender and race issues.
The five chapters on crime challenges focus on drug policies, services for crime victims, gangs, obscenity and pornography, and public perceptions and misperceptions of crime and criminality as influenced by the media. The three chapters on policing address the police response to domestic violence complaints, the influence of the community under the implementation of community policing, and legal issues in policing. The six chapters on the courts and future interpretation of law consider the rise and fall of the U.S. death penalty in the 21st century, the future impact of international law on the U.S. death penalty, the Bill of Rights in the 21st century, a comparative analysis of victim impact testimony in capital cases in New Jersey and Texas, the reaffirmation of juvenile justice, and a study of the criminal motivations of sentenced jail inmates. Four chapters on technology in the 21st century encompass technology transfer in the field of criminal justice, the re-engineering of criminal justice organizations and workplaces under the "Technoeconomic Revolution," the prosecution of environmental crime in the 21st century, and the impact of computer-based technologies on criminal justice in the transition to the 21st century. Three chapters on correctional issues involve prison privatization, court-ordered reform of jails, and sentencing enhancement and life without parole. Four chapters present an agenda for change regarding the treatment of women under the law, new directions for incarcerated women with HIV, the administration of justice based on gender and race, and women in policing in the 21st century. Chapter references and a subject index