Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century (5th Edition)

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This collection of readings is a one-of-a-kind—examining current policies, practices and issues impacting the field of criminal justice today. Leaving no stone unturned, contributing authors (all leaders in the field) explore a wide range of topics such as  gangs, gender and race, war on drugs, terrorism, crime victims, correctional issues and computer-based technologies. Linking the past, present, and future of criminal justice, the authors discuss the issues currently impacting the system, the challenges that lie ahead, and their visions for how these issues will be handled in the next century.

2 thoughts on “Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century (5th Edition)

  1. R. Keilholtz "SalukiJD"
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not as textbook, but a liberal manifesto, August 21, 2004
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    R. Keilholtz “SalukiJD” (Colorado Springs, CO) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    As a Criminal Justice instructor who has reviewed this text (and almost had to use it) I cannot recommend this book. It portends to be a book about solutions, when in fact it essentially attacks every aspect of policing and the criminal justice system as it exists today, and the only solutions it provides are from the left to far left. There is no balance of opinion, no counter-point, and absolutely no effort on the part of the authors to inform students that they are in fact only getting one side of the issue. Far too often do I see this approach by liberal writers and educators: attempting to pass off their out of the mainstream ideas as fact. College is a marketplace of ideas, discussion, and debate. However, this book turns the debate into a one sided discussion on how awful and wholly without merit the current system is. I am not one as a CJ educator that believes we are to be cheerleaders for law enforcement. However, we do need to present the good with the bad, and this book would do nothing but discourage would-be law enforcement professionals. If the goal is to make such persons believe the profession they are about to enter into is completely corrupt and without merit, this is the “test” to use. If forced to use this book, I would suggest supplementing it with articles or texts that offer a counterpoint. That is, if you are interested in giving your students both sides of the issue – which I believe we as educators are charged to do, not just simply indoctrinate them with the opinions of those with whom you might agree. This book is nothing more than an attempt to indoctrinate, not foster intelligent debate and discussion on the topics contained therein. A candidate for zero stars, if that choice were available.

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  2. S. Johnson "My2Cents"
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    I agree with the above review, February 7, 2006
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    S. Johnson “My2Cents” (Virginia) –
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    The authors of this book are truely using this “text” as a platform to preach their ideals. The authors about how unfair the U.S. system is and how it is going to change to conform to their views (this will never happen)is sickening.

    It is not a good “text” book and professors should never subject their students to this mess of a “learning tool.”

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