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Directions and Developments in Criminal Justice and Law


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The ways in which crime is constructed in society is of time-honored interest to criminologists across the globe. The ever-changing landscape of what is criminal and what is not affects scholars and policymakers in their approach to the body of law defining prohibited conduct, how that law evolves, and the modes by which it is administered. Rule of law cannot exist without a transparent legal system, strong enforcement structures, and an independent judiciary to protect against the arbitrary use of power. Critical consideration of the mechanisms through which societies attempt to make the rule of law a reality is essential to understanding and developing effectual criminal justice systems. The Directions and Developments in Criminal Justice and Law series offers the best research on criminal justice and law around the world, offering original insights on a broadly defined range of socio-legal topics in law, criminal procedure, courts, justice, legislation, and jurisprudence. With an eye toward using innovative and advanced methodologies, series monographs offer solid social science scholarship illuminating issues and trends in law, crime, and justice. Books in this series will appeal to criminologists, sociologists, and other social scientists, as well as policymakers, legal researchers, and practitioners.

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Powers of the Prosecutor in Criminal Investigation A Comparative Perspective

Powers of the Prosecutor in Criminal Investigation: A Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

By Karolina Kremens
April 20, 2021

This comparative analysis examines the scope of prosecutorial powers at different phases of criminal investigation in four countries: the United States, Italy, Poland, and Germany. Since in all four the number of criminal cases decided without trial is constantly increasing, criminal investigation ...

The Veterans Treatment Court Movement Striving to Serve Those Who Served

The Veterans Treatment Court Movement: Striving to Serve Those Who Served

1st Edition

By Anne S. Douds, Eileen M. Ahlin
June 30, 2020

The Veterans Treatment Court Movement provides a comprehensive, empirical analysis of the burgeoning veteran’s court movement from genesis through to operation, and concluding with comments on its societal relevance. Beginning with the unlikely convergence of therapeutic jurisprudence with the ...

The Evolving Role of the Public Prosecutor Challenges and Innovations

The Evolving Role of the Public Prosecutor: Challenges and Innovations

1st Edition

Edited By Victoria Colvin, Philip Stenning
March 04, 2020

The modern public prosecutor is a figure both powerful and enigmatic. Legal scholars and criminologists often identify “three essential components” of criminal justice systems: police, courts and corrections. Yet increasingly, the public prosecutor occupies a distinct role independent from any of ...

Criminal Law and Precrime Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt

Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt

1st Edition

By Richard Jochelson, James Gacek, Lauren Menzie, Kirsten Kramar, Mark Doerksen
December 09, 2019

In Philip K. Dick’s short story Minority Report, the institution of Precrime punishes people with imprisonment for crimes they would have committed had they not been prevented. With Dick’s allegorical inspiration, the authors of Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and ...

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