Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice

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Unique and exceptionally contemporary in perspective, this volume compares the ideals with the realities of criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice. Organized around a "planned change" approach, it provides a critical assessment of how well the system achieves its goals. What Is the Purpose of the Criminal Justice System? Ideals and Realities. The Law: Providing Equal Protection or Creating Bias? Which Is Worse, Crime on the Streets or Crime in the Suites? "Crime Is Out of Control!" Media Portrayals of Crime. The War on Crime: Innocent Bias Against the Poor, People of Color, and Women. Focusing on the Wrong Thing? The "War on Drugs." Law Enforcement: Innocent Bias in America. Right to Trial? Injustice in Pretrial and Trial Procedures. Punishment: Does It Work and Is It Fair? Imprisonment: Lock 'Em Up and Throw Away Your Money. The Ultimate Sanction: Death as Justice? Recommendations for the Future. For any involved in or with the criminal justice system, and the populations it affects.

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Updated in a new 3rd edition, this book is rganized around a “planned change” approach and provides a critical assessment of how well the American criminal justice system achieves its goals. Unlike most other criminal justice books—which cover the traditional topics from the perspective of how “things are supposed to be,” this book compares these ideals with the realities of criminal justice today and provides a critical interpretation of the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in criminal justice.

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Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice probes problems of injustice within our criminal laws, law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional facilities. Posing important questions, showing different viewpoints, and offering fair solutions, author Matthew B. Robinson gives students a new and thought-provoking critique of the criminal justice system.

Justice Bind? Ideas and Realities of American Criminal Justice is ideally suited for courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice, CJ Ethics, Issues in CJ, Alternative Approaches to CJ, Introduction to Political Science, Criminology, Social Problems, and other courses where a more factual, honest interpretation of the system is required.

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