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Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition

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Roslyn Muraskin, Albert R. Roberts
Date Published
573 pages
Intended for university students and criminal justice practitioners, this book looks at the content and implementation of criminal justice policies in the past and envisions the changes that must occur if police, courts, and corrections agencies are to effectively address the public-safety challenges of the 21st century.
The first chapter presents an overview of challenges facing the U.S. criminal justice system in this century. Part I contains five chapters that address the linking of crime challenges in the coming decades. They focus on the "war on drugs," the situation of crime victims in the early decades of this century, the nature and prevalence of gangs and the response to them, new approaches to obscenity and pornography, and the media's influence on the public's perceptions of crime and criminals. The three chapters of Part III address challenges for police now and in the future. Issues discussed are the police response to domestic violence complaints, the community's influence in community policing, and legal issues in policing. Part IV, has six chapters that discuss the rise and fall of capital punishment in the United States in this century, the future impact of international law on the death penalty in America, the Bill of Rights in this century, a comparative analysis of victim impact testimony in capital cases in New Jersey and Texas, a reaffirmation of juvenile justice, and a study of the criminal motivations of sentenced jail inmates. Part V, has four chapters which examine the influence of technology on criminal justice in this century, followed by three chapters in part VI on correctional issues in this century, and part VII, contains four chapters on gender and race issues in the 21st century. Chapter references and a subject index