Lessons in Criminology and Criminal Justice
This book explores twenty-five facts about crime and criminal justice that the author has learned in his quarter century of working in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. The book lays out each fact, one at a time, and then presents research in support of that fact. The facts pertain to issues of crime, justice, policing, courts, corrections, the drug war, and the death penalty. Though the book is scholarly in nature, it is written for the layperson and novice student. Using humor where appropriate, but also utilizing a “tell it like it is” approach, the book will captivate readers and keep their attention throughout. This book will be occasionally funny, as well as consistently interesting, timely, and engaging.
Matthew Robinson earned his PHD in criminology and criminal justice from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and is Professor of Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. He is the author of more than 20 other books in the field, as well as more than 100 other articles and book chapters. His research focuses on the areas of criminological theory, crime prevention, injustices of the criminal justice system, social justice, and justice theory. He has also done significant work in the areas of capital punishment and national drug control policy. Robinson is Past President of both the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association (NCCJA) and the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA). Robinson currently serves as Treasurer of the Justice Studies Association (JSA).
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