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Social Construction of Justice 9781935551065

Social Construction of Justice

A New Approach to Understanding Crime, Criminality, and Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 193555106X
ISBN-13: 9781935551065
PUBLISHER: Cognella, Inc.
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Product Description: Traditional criminal justice texts tend to focus on the three C s of criminal justice cops, courts, corrections. They leave students with the erroneous impression that the system is the inevitable product of a logical evolutionary process. The underlying premise of this text is that everything about criminal justice is socially constructed: that is, every aspect of our criminal justice system is the negotiated product of human invention our constitution; our laws; our agencies for enforcing and interpreting law; even our techniques for discovering truth. They could have been better; they could have been worse. And most certainly, they could have been different. Ultimately, each is precisely what society made it to be. We do not begin with the assumption that all is right with our criminal justice system. Nor do we believe that the student should learn merely the minutia of criminal justice operations. Our purpose, rather, is to move the student to understand what is and why it is, to imagine what might be, and most importantly, to steer us in the direction of what should be. Since graduating from SUNY-Albany, L. Paul Sutton s work has spanned the spectrum of criminal justice, including crime statistics, narcotics control, crime victims, juvenile delinquency, police operations, constitutional law, the judiciary, criminal sentencing, and corrections. He helped to create the renowned Sourcebook of criminal justice statistics, co-authored a seminal research investigation into the search warrant process, which was cited by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Leon, testified about sentencing reform to the National Academy of Sciences, and received international acclaim and five Emmy s for his ground-breaking documentaries Doing Time and Doing Time: Ten Years Later. For more than 25 years, he has escorted more than 2,000 criminal justice students on annual weeklong tours through California prisons, an adventure which is the subject of his third feature documentary Prison Through Tomorrow s Eyes.

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PAGES: 646
CATEGORY: Law, Social Science

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