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Environmental Crime and Social Conflict
Brisman, A., & South, N. (2016)

This impressive collection of original essays explores the relationship between social conflict and the environment - a topic that has received little attention within criminology. The chapters provide a systematic and comprehensive introduction and overview of conflict situations stemming from human exploitation of environments, as well as the impact of social conflicts on the wellbeing and health of specific species and ecosystems. Largely informed by green criminology perspectives, the chapters in the book are intended to stimulate new understandings of the relationships between humans and nature through critical evaluation of environmental destruction and degradation associated with social conflicts occurring around the world. With a goal of creating a typology of environment-social conflict relationships useful for green criminological research, this study is essential reading for scholars and academics in criminology, as well as those interested in crime, law and justice.

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The Geography of Environmental Crime
Hall, M., Nurse, A., Potter, G., & Wyatt, T. (2016)

This book critically examines both theory and practice around conservation crimes. It engages with the full complexity of environmental crimes and different responses to them, including: poaching, conservation as a response to wildlife crime, forest degradation, environmental activism, and the application of scientific and situational crime prevention techniques as preventative tools to deal with green crime.

Through the contributions of experts from both the social and ecological sciences, the book deals with theoretical and practical considerations that impact on the effectiveness of contemporary environmental criminal justice. It discusses the social construction of green crimes and the varied ways in which poaching and other conservation crimes are perceived, operate and are ideologically driven, as well as practical issues in environmental criminal justice. With contributions based in varied ideological perspectives and drawn from a range of academic disciplines, this volume provides a platform for scholars to debate new ideas about environmental law enforcement, policy, and crime prevention, detection and punishment. 

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State Crime, Women and Gender (Vol. 18)
Collins, V. (2015)

The United Nations has called violence against women "the most pervasive, yet least recognized human rights abuse in the world" and there is a long-established history of the systematic victimization of women by the state during times of peace and conflict. This book contributes to the established literature on women, gender and crime and the growing research on state crime and extends the discussion of violence against women to include the role and extent of crime and violence perpetrated by the state.

"State Crime, Women and Gender "examines state-perpetrated violence against women in all its various forms. Drawing on case studies from around the world, patterns of state-perpetrated violence are examined as it relates to women's victimization, their role as perpetrators, resistors of state violence, as well as their engagement as professionals in the international criminal justice system. From the direct involvement of Condaleeza Rice in the United States-led war on terror, to the women of Egypt's Arab Spring Uprising, to Afghani poetry as a means to resist state-sanctioned patriarchal control, case examples are used to highlight the pervasive and enduring problem of state-perpetrated violence against women.

The exploration of topics that have not previously been addressed in the criminological literature, such as women as perpetrators of state violence and their role as willing consumers who reinforce and replicate the existing state-sanctioned patriarchal status quo, makes "State Crime, Women and Gender" a must-read for students and scholars engaged in the study of state crime, victimology and feminist criminology.

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Organized Crime (6 ed.)
Lyman, M., & Potter, G. (2015)

Organized Crime, 6e, is designed to be an introductory text serving several purposes in the field of criminal justice. First, it gives the reader an understanding of the concept of organized crime–what it is and what it is not–and the necessary historical foundation for understanding the evolution, development, and current status of organized crime. Most important, the book is designed to dispel the myth that organized crime is composed exclusively of Italian American criminal groups.

Another important component of the book is that drug trafficking plays an important role in the continuing proliferation of organized crime groups. The existence of the illegal drug trade says much about both the groups that traffic in illicit drugs and the members of society who use these drugs, consequently lending support to organized criminals.

Finally, terrorism has dominated public policy since September 11, 2001. With increasing global awareness of terrorist organizations and those who belong to them, traditional models of terrorism have been challenged because the structure, financing, and recruiting mechanisms of such organizations are becoming more and more like their criminal counterparts in conventional organized crime. Logically organized and highly readable, the text promotes learning with extensive pedagogical features, from critical thinking projects to suggested readings.

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Introductory Criminal Justice Statistics and Data Analysis
Soderstrom, I., & Blevins, K. (2015)

The latest edition of this user-friendly statistics and data analysis text is enriched by undated material and the successful teaching and research experiences of the lead author and new coauthor, Kristie Blevins. Their goal is to help students understand the logic of statistical reasoning and expose them to a variety of research situations in the context of criminal justice. The authors present basic statistical principles and practices on which students build knowledge and data analysis skills. Both mathematical procedures and guidelines for using SPSS to manipulate information are included.

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Progressive Punishment
Schept, J. (2015)

In Progressive Punishment, Judah Schept offers an ethnographic examination into the politics of incarceration in Bloomington, Indiana in order to consider the ways that liberal discourses about therapeutic justice and rehabilitation can uphold the logics, practices and institutions that comprise the carceral state. Schept examines how political leaders on the Left, despite being critical of mass incarceration, advocated for a “justice campus” that would have dramatically expanded the local criminal justice system. At the root of this proposal, Schept argues, is a confluence of neoliberal-style changes in the community that naturalized prison expansion as political common sense among leaders negotiating crises of deindustrialization, urban decline, and the devolution of social welfare. In spite of the momentum that the proposal gained, Schept uncovers resistance among community organizers, who developed important strategies and discourses to challenge the justice campus, disrupt some of the logics that provided it legitimacy, and offer new possibilities for a non-carceral community. A well-researched and well-narrated study, Progressive Punishment offers a novel perspective on the relationship between liberal politics, neoliberalism, and mass incarceration.

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Crimes of Globalization
Rothe D.L., & Friedrichs D.

This book addresses immensely consequential crimes in the world today that, to date, have been almost wholly neglected by students of crime and criminal justice: crimes of globalization. This term refers to the hugely harmful consequences of the policies and practices of international financial institutions – principally in the global South. A case is made for characterizing these policies and practices specifically as crime. Although there is now a substantial criminological literature on transnational crimes, crimes of states and state-corporate crimes, crimes of globalization intersect with, but are not synonymous with, these crimes.

Identifying specific reasons why students of crime and criminal justice should have an interest in this topic, this text also identifies underlying assumptions, defines key terms, and situates crimes of globalization within the criminological enterprise. The authors also define crimes of globalization and review the literature to date on the topic; review the current forms of crimes of globalization; outline an integrated theory of crimes of globalization; and identify the challenges of controlling the international financial institutions that perpetrate crimes of globalization, including the role of an emerging Global Justice Movement.

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Towards a Victimology of State Crime
Rothe D.L., & Kauzlarich D.

State crime victimization often leaves a legacy of unrecognized victims that are ignored, forgotten, or negated the right to be labeled as such. Victims are often glossed over, as the focus is on a state’s actions or inactions rather than the subsequent victimization and victims. Towards a Victimology of State Crime serves to highlight the forgotten victims, processes and cases of revictimization within a sociological, criminological framework. Contributors include expert scholars of state crime and victimology from North America, Europe, Africa, and Latin America to provide a well-rounded focus that can address and penetrate the issues of victims of state crime. This includes a diverse number of case study examples of victims of state crime and the systems of control that facilitate or impede addressing the needs of victims. Additionally, with the inclusion of a section on controls, this volume taps into an area that is often overlooked: the international level of social control in relation to a victimology of state criminality.

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Crimes of the Powerful: An Introduction (Global Issues in Crime and Justice)
Rothe D.L., & Kauzlarich D.

As politicians and the media perpetuate the stereotype of the "common criminal," crimes committed by the powerful remain for the most part invisible, or are reframed as a "bad decision" or a "rare mistake." This is a topic that remains marginalized within the field of criminology and criminal justice, yet crimes of the powerful cause more harm, perpetuate more inequalities, and result in more victimization than street crimes.

Crimes of the Powerful: An introduction is the first textbook to bring together and show the symbiotic relationships between the related fields of state crime, white-collar crime, corporate crime, financial crime, organized crime, and environmental crime. Dawn L. Rothe and David Kauzlarich introduce the many types of crimes, methodological issues associated with research, theoretical relevance, and issues surrounding regulations and social controls for crimes of the powerful. Themes covered include:

  • media, culture, and the Hollywoodization of crimes of the powerful;
  • theoretical understanding and the study of the crimes of the powerful;
  • a typology of crimes of the powerful with examples and case studies;
  • victims of the crimes of the powerful;
  • the regulation and resistance of elite crime.

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The International Criminal Court: A Pipe Dream to End Impunity?

by  Victoria Collins & Dawn Rothe

ABSTRACT:  The prospects of the emerging international criminal justice system, namely the International Criminal Court, serving as a catalyst to end impunity of those most responsible for crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and massive violations of human rights, remains bleak given four underlying factors:  the ideology of deterrence that undergrirds the system, jurisdictional limitations, the backlash of its involvement in and issuance of arrest warrants during highly contentious conflicts.  This article offers some insight into these issues and the obstacles they present to the success of the International Criminal Court in ending impubity and future cases of such criminality.  We begin by discussing the International Criminal Court followed by the ideology of deterrence and issues associated with the Court's jurisdiction.  We then draw on two case examples, namely Uganda and Columbia, to discuss the challenges to involvement in ongoing conflicts and post-conflict situations.

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Social Control in a Sexually Deviant Cybercommunity: A Cappers' Code of Conduct. Deviant

by Joshua W. Roberts and Scott A. Hunt. 2012.  As Published in Deviant Behavior 33: 10, pages 757-773

This study examines a cyber community dedicated to recording live webcam feeds that are sexually charged. Those who record these feeds are known as ‘‘cappers.’’ Cappers post these ‘‘caps’’ on message boards designed to disseminate, share, and evaluate their aesthetic qualities. Following the insights of Durkin, Forsyth, Quinn, and others, this article identifies and elaborates the means of social control that promotes deviant ends among a capping community by extending Anderson’s‘‘code of the street.’’ The capping code’s basic rules, strategies, tactics, and motives are analyzed in relation to reputation. The article concludes with considerations for future research.

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Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective

by Preston Elrod and Scott Ryder

The juvenile justice system is a multifaceted entity that continually changes under the influence of decisions, policies, and laws. Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective, Fourth Edition is the most comprehensive reference on the juvenile justice system available. Reader-friendly but thorough, the text contains the most up-to-date research on juvenile justice operations and their effectiveness and is authored by two experts in the field. It presents contemporary topics in juvenile justice and situates them within a historical and theoretica...

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‘This is your face on meth’: The punitive spectacle of ‘white trash’ in the rural war on drugs

by Tyler Wall and Travis Linnemann

This article engages the dynamic role of the crime image and more specifically the mug shot, in a contemporary anti-methamphetamine media campaign known as ‘Faces of Meth’. Understood here as a pedagogical policing program, Faces of Meth attempts to deter methamphetamine use through graphic ‘before meth’ and ‘after meth’ images of the faces of white meth users. Our objective...

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Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe

Policing in Central and Eastern Europe has changed greatly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some Central and  Eastern European countries are constituent members of the European Union, while others have been trying to harmonize with the EU and international requirements for a more democratic policing and developments in accordance with Western European and international policing standards, especially in regard to issues of legality and legitimacy.

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Congratulations Dr. Brisman on a Major New Publication in Green Criminology

Academic and general interest in environmental crimes, harms, and threats, as well as in environmental legislation and regulation, has grown sharply in recent years. TheRoutledge International Handbook of Green Criminology is the most in-depth and comprehensive volume on these issues to date.

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Vic Kappeler

Victor Kappeler, Associate Dean, PH.D.

Dr. Victor Kappeler, Associate Dean, will receive, at this year’s American Society of Criminology meeting, the Division of Critical Criminology’s highest honor – The Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award honors an individual's sustained ...

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Tom Barker Publishes 15th Book: North American Gangs

North American Criminal Gangs: Street, Prison, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Drug Trafficking Organizations.  This volume is the first devoted exclusively to North American adult criminal gangs and how these gangs often cooperate in criminal pursuits with one another within and across national borders. North American Criminal Gangs demonstrates that adult criminal gangs are more than a United States problem; they are an international problem requiring...

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Dr. Betsy Matthews

Betsy Matthews, PH.D

Dr. Betsy Matthews, associate professor in Criminal Justice and Police Studies, has been named to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Kristie Blevins, PH. D.

Associate Professor Kristie Blevins joined the faculty in 2011.  She teaches courses in research methods, applied criminal justice analysis, and corrections.  Currently, Dr. Blevins is involved with in three primary research projects.  One study is an examination of target selection techniques...

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Judah Schept, PH. D.

Broadly speaking, my work examines some of the contours of mass incarceration in the United States. I am interested in the structural processes that have given rise to and sustain the largest system of incarceration in the world. As an ethnographer, I am drawn to the everyday and embodied ways in which communities both...

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