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Debates in Criminal Justice
Key Themes and Issues

ISBN 9780415445917
Published November 16, 2011 by Routledge
280 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative new book recognises that, while criminal justice studies is a core component of all criminology/criminal justice undergraduate degrees, it can be a confusing, overwhelming and a relatively dry topic despite its importance. Taking an original approach, this book sets out a series of ten key dilemmas - presented as debates - designed to provide students with a clear framework within which to develop their knowledge and analysis in a way that is both effective and an enjoyable learning experience. It is also designed for use by lecturers, who can structure a core unit of their courses around it.

Debates in Criminal Justice provides a new and dynamic framework for learning, making considerable use of the other already available academic key texts, press articles, web sources and more.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Crime control system or due process?  2. Lay justice or professional justice?  3. Adversarial or Inquisitorial justice?  4. Private policing or public policing?  5. Restorative justice or retribution?  6. Prison works! or Prison works?  7. Legalise drugs?  8. Capital punishment: the case for and against?  9. Victims' rights or suspects' rights?  10. Sex Offender Notification 

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Tom Ellis is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.

Steve Savage is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.