Criminal Courts for the 21st Century

Criminal Courts for the 21st Century

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For graduate and undergraduate level courses in Criminal Justice, Criminal Courts, Judicial Process, and Judicial Decision Making.This book brings together 20 articles, drawn from a variety of sources, which address several of the most important and contentious issues that currently face our criminal courts. The readings were chosen to be timely, to represent a wide range of salient topics, and to be easily accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, including those with a limited background in statistics.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 175.3 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 657.72g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130912891
  • 9780130912893

Table of contents

I. COURTS, PROSECUTIONS AND THE DEFENSE. 1. Drug Diversion Courts: Are They Needed and Will They Succeed in Breaking the Cycle of Drug-Related Crime?, James R. Brown. 2. Juvenile (In)Justice and the Criminal Court Alternative, Barry C. Feld. 3. A Moral Standard for the Prosecutor's Exercise of the Charging Discretion, Bennett L. Gershman. 4. Capital Murder: A Prosecutor's Personal Observations on the Prosecution of Capital Cases, Ronald J. Sievert. 5. The Criminal Defense Lawyer: Zealous Advocate, Double Agent, or Beleaguered Dealer, Rodney J. Uphoff. II. PRETRIAL PROCEDURES AND EVIDENTIARY ISSUES. 6. A Judicial View of Plea Bargaining, Rudolph J. Gerber. 7. Something Not So Funny Happened on the Way to Conviction: The Pretrial Interrogation of Child Witnesses, Jean Montoya. 8. Recantation: Problems for Prosecutors Before, During and After Trial, John Jay Douglass. 9. The Use of Amateur Videotapes As Evidence in Criminal Prosecutions: Citizen Empowerment or Little Brother's New Silver Platter?, Nicholas R. Mack. 10. Linking Genes With Behavior: The Social and Legal Implications of Using Genetic Evidence in Criminal Trials, Carol A. Gaudet. III. THE CRIMINAL TRIAL. 11. The Jury Is Still Out: The Role of Jury Science in the Modern American Courtroom, Jeremy W. Barber. 12. The American Jury: Handicapped in the Pursuit of Justice, Saul M. Kassin. 13. Should Judges Consider the Demographics of the Jury Pool in Deciding Change-of-Venue Applications?, Peter M. Kougasian. 14. The Social Psychology of Jury Nullification, John Clark. 15. Cameras in the Jury Room: An Unnecessary and Dangerous Precedent, Abraham Abramovsky and Jonathan I. Edelstein. IV. PUNISHMENT AND SENTENCING. 16. Themes of Injustice: Wrongful Convictions, Racial Prejudice, and Lawyer Incompetence, Bennett L. Gershman. 17. The Gender Gap Argument: Exploring the Disparity of Sentencing Women to Death, Melinda E. O'Neil. 18. Death by Judicial Overkill: The Unconstitutionality of Overriding Jury Recommendations Against the Death Penalty, Jason C. Tran. 19. Don't Spare the Rod: A Proposed Return to Public, Corporal Punishment of Convicts, Whitney S. Wiedeman. 20. "Three Strikes and You're Out": The Impact of California's New Mandatory Sentencing Law on Serious Crime Rates, Lisa Stolzenberg and Stewart J. D'Alessio. Index.
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"This is an organized, provocative, and immensely readable collection of readings. It will be well-received by professors and students alike." -- Karen McElrath, Queens University, Belfast
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About Lisa Stolzenberg

Lisa Stolzenberg and Stewart J. D'Alessio are professors in the School of Policy and Management at Florida International University. They are recognized as among the leading researchers in the nation on the subject of determinate sentencing.
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