196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Community Justice discusses concepts of community within the context of justice policy and programs, and addresses the important relationship between the criminal justice system and the community in the USA.

    Taking a bold stance in the criminal justice debate, this book argues that crime management is more effective through the use of informal (as opposed to formal) social control. It demonstrates how an increasing number of criminal justice elements are beginning to understand that developing partnerships within the community that enhance informal social control will lead to stabilization and possibly a decline in crime, especially violent crime, and make communities more livable. Borrowing from an eclectic toolbox of ideas and strategies – community organizing, environmental crime prevention, private–public partnerships, and justice initiatives – Community Justice puts forward a new approach to establishing safe communities and highlights the failure of the current American justice system in its lack of vision and misuse of resources.

    This book is essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students of criminology, law, and sociology. It provides detailed information about how community justice fits within each area of the criminal justice system and includes relevant case studies to exemplify this philosophy in action.


    1. What is community justice? 

    2. Criminal justice and the community 

    3. Policing and community justice

    4. The courts and community justice 

    5. Corrections and community justice 

    6. The future of community justice 

    7. Community justice in international settings

    Appendix A: Community justice as a strategy: how CASES makes it work

    Appendix B: Focused deterrence


    John R. Hamilton, Jr., is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice Administration at Park University. He retired as a Major from the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department after 26½ years of service. He has extensive experience in community policing and problem-solving and volunteers with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Tamera Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Park University. She previously worked in the Missouri Department of Corrections within the Division of Probation and Parole. She is deeply committed to advancing Restorative Justice and conflict resolution methodologies and actively engages in Peacemaking circles and Neighborhood Accountability Boards. She also co-hosts the Park University podcast "CriminalJustUs".

    Todd R. Clear is University Professor at Rutgers University, Newark NJ, USA. He is a past president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences., and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He was the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology.