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Containing original chapters written by experts and scholars in the field, this book highlights the current debates about criminal justice policy and discusses the implications for the system and society at large. The book is divided into three thematic areas: 1) the foundations of criminal justice policy; 2) criminal justice policy in action; and 3) future directions in criminal justice policy. Each chapter includes *key terms at the beginning of each chapter to draw attention by the reader to important concepts and ideas *discussion questions at the conclusion of each reading to encourage critical thinking by the students and conversations on the material presented *suggestions for additional research Research articles related to each chapter topic are found on the companion Student Study Site, and instructor-related resources - test-bank, lecture outlines, & PowerPoint slides are also available.
Stacy L. Mallicoat is a professor of criminal justice in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her BA in Legal Studies and Sociology, with a concentration in Crime and Deviance from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) in 1997 and received her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Sociology in 2003. Her primary research interests include feminist criminology and public opinion on the death penalty. She is the author of several books, including Women and Crime: The Essentials, Criminal Justice Policy, and California's Criminal Justice System. Her work also appears in a number of journals such as Feminist Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, and Southwestern Journal of Criminal Justice, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the ASC's Division on Women and Crime (where she currently serves as an Executive Counselor), Western Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Christine L. Gardiner is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gardiner was awarded a prestigious National Institute of Justice Dissertation Fellowship to support her research on the effects of Proposition 36 on Orange County practitioners. Her areas of expertise include crime policy, policing, and juvenile delinquency. Her research has been published in Criminal Justice Policy Review and Journal of Drug Issues. Prior to her work at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Gardiner worked as a police explorer, dispatcher, crime analyst, and intern-probation officer.