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The need to reduce the costs of incarceration to state and federal correctional agencies has allowed the movement to privatize correctional institutions to gain considerable momentum. The empirical evidence regarding whether private prisons are more costeffective than public institutions,...
Possible conflicts of interest appear to be increasing in social science, medical, and legal scholarship. This article uses a case study of an alleged conflict of interest in regard to the privatization of prisons to call attention to what may be a need for criminologists and their professional...
Over the past several decades, criminologists have increasingly become involved in discussions of criminal justice policies and policy-making. This essay focuses on a recent, important anthology of essays on criminal justice policy, all centering on “minimizing harm” as an organizing...
This study examines the destabilization of determinate sentencing in Florida. In retaining the form but rejecting the substance of the determinate sentencing model, Florida's punishment policy is today an unwieldy mix of the worst features of the indeterminate and the determinate ideologies. The...
Nationwide legislation requires that the names of convicted sex offenders living in communities be made public. The social movement that drives sex offender notification uses the rhetoric of community justice. The authors consider whether notification is truly a community justice initiative. The...
This essay provides a brief review of the development and current status of criminological theory. The central argument is that criminological theorizing is in considerable part an art form, in which relatively fuzzy theoretical arguments are commonplace. As a result, our potential for informing...
This article explores civil liability under state tort law against criminal justice personnel engaged in police sexual violence (PSV). After describing vicarious liability under the doctrine of respondeat superior, the article identifies five theories that courts use in deciding whether criminal...
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