1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice

ISBN 9781138820135
Published December 7, 2016 by Routledge
696 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

USD $275.00

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Book Description

Technology has become increasingly important to both the function and our understanding of the justice process. Many forms of criminal behaviour are highly dependent upon technology, and crime control has become a predominantly technologically driven process – one where ‘traditional’ technological aids such as fingerprinting or blood sample analysis are supplemented by a dizzying array of tools and techniques including surveillance devices and DNA profiling.

This book offers the first comprehensive and holistic overview of global research on technology, crime and justice. It is divided into five parts, each corresponding with the key stages of the offending and justice process:

  • Part I addresses the current conceptual understanding of technology within academia and the criminal justice system;
  • Part II gives a comprehensive overview of the current relations between technology and criminal behaviour;
  • Part III explores the current technologies within crime control and the ways in which technology underpins contemporary formal and informal social control;
  • Part IV sets out some of the fundamental impacts technology is now having upon the judicial process;
  • Part V reveals the emerging technologies for crime, control and justice and considers the extent to which new technology can be effectively regulated.

This landmark collection will be essential reading for academics, students and theorists within criminology, sociology, law, engineering and technology, and computer science, as well as practitioners and professionals working within and around the criminal justice system.

Table of Contents


Introduction (Michael R. McGuire)

Part I: Technology, Crime and Justice: Theory and History

1. Theorizing Technology and its Role in Crime and Law Enforcement (Phillip Brey)

2. Technology Crime and Technology Control: contexts and history (Michael R. McGuire)

Part II: Technology, Crime and Harm

Section 1: Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) and Digital Crime

3. The Evolving Landscape of Technology-Dependent Crime (Steven Furnell)

4. Technology and Fraud: The ‘Fraudogenic’ Consequences of the Internet Revolution (Mark Button and Cassandra Cross)

5. ICTs and Child Sexual Offending: Exploitation through indecent images (Jo Bryce)

6. ICTs and Sexuality (Andrew Denney and Richard Tewkesbury)

7. ICTs and Interpersonal Violence (Thomas J. Holt)

8. Online Pharmacies and Technology Crime (Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Ibrahim Altaweel, Jaime Cabrera, Hen Su Choi, Katie Ho, and Nathaniel Good)

9. The Theft of Ideas as a Cybercrime: Downloading and changes in the business model of creative arts (David S. Wall)

10. ICTS, Privacy and the (Criminal) Misuse of Data (Andrew Puddephatt)

Section 2: Chemical and Biological Technologies and Crime

11. Crime and Chemical Production (Kimberley Barrett)

12. Pharma-Technologies and the Ills of Medical Progress (Paddy Rawlinson)

13. Bioengineering and Bio-crime (Victoria Sutton)

Keynote Discussion

14. Technology, Environmental Harm and Green Criminology (Rob White)

Section 3: Wider Varieties of Technology Crime

15. Guns, Technology and Crime (Peter Squires)

16. Crime, Transport and Technology (Andrew Newton)

17. Food Fraud and Food Fraud Detection Technologies (Roy Fenoff and John Spink)

18. Consumer Technologies, Crime and the Environment (Nigel South and Avi Brisman)

Keynote Discussion: Technology, Crime and Harm

19. Evaluating Technologies as Criminal Tools (Max Kilger)


Part III: Technology and Control

20. Crime, Situational Prevention and Technology: The nature of opportunity and how it evolves (Paul Ekblom)

21. Technology, Innovation and 21st Century Policing (Jim Byrne and Don Hummer)

22. The Contemporary Landscapes of Forensic Innovation (Christopher Lawless)

23. Technology and Digital Forensics (Marc Rodgers)

24. DNA and Identification (Carole McCartney)

25. Visual Surveillance Technologies (Richard Jones)

26. Big Data, Predictive Machines and Security: The Minority Report (Adam Edwards)

27. Cognitive Neuroscience, Criminal Justice and Control (Lisa Claydon)

Keynote Discussion: Technology and Control

28. The Uncertainty Principle: Qualification, contingency, and fluidity in technology and social control (Gary. T. Marx and Keith Guzik)

Part IV: Technology and the Process of Justice

29. Establishing Culpability: Forensic technologies and justice (Simon A. Cole)

30. Technology-augmented and Virtual Courts and Courtrooms (Frederick Lederer)

31. Computer-Assisted Sentencing (Martin Wasik)

32. The Technology of Confinement and Quasi-Therapeutic Control: Managing souls with in-cell television (Victoria Knight)

33. Punitivity and Technology (Simon Hallsworth and Maria Kaspersson)

34. The Legal Regulation of Technology; Public and Expert Voices (Patrick Bishop and Stuart MacDonald)

Keynote discussion: Technology and the Process of Justice

35. The Force of Law and the Force of Technology (Mireille Hildebrandt)

Part V: Emerging Technologies of Crime and Justice

36. Nanocrime 2.0 (Susan Brenner)

37. AI and Bad Robots: The criminology of automation (Ugo Pagallo)

38. Technology, Body and Human Enhancement: Prospects and Justice (Jérôme Goffette)

Keynote discussion: Technology and Justice

39. Technology and Justice (Albert Borgmann)


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M. R. McGuire is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey, UK.

Thomas J. Holt is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, USA.


‘This book brings together a team of world-leading scholars to assess the ever increasing impact of technological development upon crime and justice. Extending their gaze well beyond the digital realm to include mechanical, chemical and biological technologies, these exemplary essays offer invaluable insights into just how significantly technologies are reshaping the contours of criminal activity and its control. This is a hugely important resource for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary contours of global crime.’

Majid Yar, Professor of Criminology, Lancaster University, UK

'This is truly an exceptional book. Technology plays a vital role in shaping how we understand and respond to the problem of crime, and this new collection by McGuire and Holt provides a comprehensive and fascinating account of area often overlooked by criminal justice system scholarship. Highly recommended.'

Benjamin Goold, Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

'Michael McGuire and Thomas Holt have put together an impressive collection of essays on how technological change has transformed crime, crime control and justice. Rich, diverse, and informative, in 39 chapters the Handbook covers a huge range of topics, with contributions from both emerging and distinguished scholars from different disciplines. The volume reflects a genuine desire to cover the field comprehensively, focusing not only on ICT, but also a variety of other technologies such as chemical and biological, DNA and forensics, as well as visual, weapon, transport and nano science. It does so in a way that is both delightfully accessible and theoretically informed.'

Janet Chan, Professor at UNSW Law, Key Researcher at the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC), and Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW, Australia