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NCJ Number: 120493 Find in a Library
Title: Myths and Realities of Crime and Justice
Author(s): J S Albanese
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: Apocalypse Publishing Co
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Publication Number: ISBN 0-941614-05-0
Sale Source: Apocalypse Publishing Co
P O Box 1
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed to clarify the "confusion of criminal justice," this book addresses 15 fundamental questions about crime and criminal justice.
Abstract: Research indicates that the true impact of crime lies in an individual's fear, whether self-imposed or realistic, which can immobilize, affect social interactions, harm commerce, and generally affect the quality of life. A greater understanding of the issues presented in this book may enable the reader to be better able to participate in informed strategies to ameliorate the problems. An overview of crime in the U.S. reveals that citizens' concern about crime is cyclical and that the past 25 years have seen an increase in Americans' law and order attitude. Basic statistics on the crime rate, the components and procedures of the criminal justice system, judicial decisionmaking, and corrections effectiveness are explained in layman's language. Constitutional rights guaranteed by the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments to due process of law, protection against self-discrimination, the right to a lawyer, and protection from cruel and unusual punishment are examined. In addition, several controversial criminal justice issues are described, including the death penalty, plea-bargaining, the adequacy of criminal defense, and police performance. Chapter references.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system effectiveness
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Fear of crime; Plea negotiations
Note: Third edition
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