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Reviews in Brief
2014

This part of the site is intended to broaden the scope of our coverage, and to encourage contributions from students and practitioners. Reviews in brief will be approximately 500 words in length.  Books to be considered for review should have been published in the past two years.  For further guidance or to prepare a review for publication, please contact one of the co-editors:

James Finckenauer (Criminal Justice) 
Stuart Green (Criminal Law)

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NOVEMBER

Battered Women Doing Time: Injustice in the Criminal Justice SystemBattered Women Doing Time: Injustice in the Criminal Justice System

Author: Rachel Zimmer Schneider
Publisher: Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, 2013. 153p.
Reviewer: Donileen R. Loseke | November 2014

 

 

Choosing the Future for American Juvenile JusticeChoosing the Future for American Juvenile Just

Edited by Franklin E. Zimring and David Tanenhaus
New York: New York University Press, 2014 ISBN978-14798-0 (paper)
Reviewer: Barry Krisberg | November 2014

 

Confronting Capital Punishment in Asia: Human Rights, Politics, and Public OpinionConfronting Capital Punishment in Asia: Human Rights, Politics, and Public Opinion

Editors: Roger Hood and Surya Deva
Publisher: New York; Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. 336p.
Reviewer: Stephen Noakes | November 2014

 

Criminal Judges: Legitimacy, Courts and State-Induced Guilty Pleas in BritainCriminal Judges: Legitimacy, Courts and State-Induced Guilty Pleas in Britain

Author: Mike McConville and Luke Marsh
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, 298pp
Reviewer: Michael Zander | November 2014

 

Exploring the ‘Socio’ of Socio-Legal StudiesExploring the ‘Socio’ of Socio-Legal Studies

Editor: Dermot Feenan
Publisher: London; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 328p.
Reviewer: Robert Costello | November 2014

 

Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and MythMade Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth

Authors: Antonio Nicaso and Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013. 182p.
Reviewer: David A. Marvelli | November 2014

 

Prisoner Reentry Programs: Penetrating the Black Box for Better Theory and PracticePrisoner Reentry Programs: Penetrating the Black Box for Better Theory and Practice

Author: Eric L. Grommon
Publisher: El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2013. 230p.
Reviewer: Jesse Jannetta | November 2014

 

 

September

Honor-Based Violence: Policing and PreventionHonor-Based Violence: Policing and Prevention

Authors: Karl Anton Roberts, Gerry Campbell, and Glen Lloyd  
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2014. 194p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | September 2014

 

Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early RepublicTaming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic

Authors: Doron S. Ben-Atar and Richard D. Brown
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. 216p.
Reviewer: George C. Thomas III | September 2014

 

Policing in Africa Policing in Africa

Editor: David Francis
Publisher: Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 232p.
Reviewer: Binneh S. Minteh | September 2014

 

 

JULY

The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Criminal Justice The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Criminal Justice

Author: Andrew L-T Choo
Publisher: Oxford, UK; Portland, OR:Hart Publishing, 2013. 180p.
Reviewer: George C. Thomas III | July 2014

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New YorkIsland of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York

Author: Richard Zacks
Publisher: New York: Doubleday, 2012. 464p.
Reviewer: Jay Berman | July 2014

 

Policing Digital Crime Policing Digital Crime

Editors: Robin Bryant and Sarah Bryant
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. 258p.
Reviewer: Peter Grabosky | July 2014

Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job

Authors: Eugene A. Paoline III and
William Terrill
Publisher: Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013. 194p.
Reviewer: Michael J. Jenkins | July 2014

Ideologically Motivated Murder: The Threat Posed by White Supremacist Groups Ideologically Motivated Murder: The Threat Posed by White Supremacist Groups

Author: David J. Caspi
Publisher: El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2013. 207p.
Reviewer: Jennifer Varriale Carson, Ph.D. | July 2014

 

MAY

Getting By or Getting Rich? The Formal, Informal and Criminal Economy in a Globalized World Getting By or Getting Rich? The Formal, Informal and Criminal Economy in a Globalized World

Author: Pietro Saitta, Joanna Shapland, and Antoniette Verhage (Eds.)
Publisher: The Hague, Eleven International Publishing, The Green Grass / Het groene gras Series, 2013, 422p.
Reviewer: Anita Lavorgna | May 2014

When Women Sexually Abuse Men: The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Harassment, and Sexual AssaultWhen Women Sexually Abuse Men: The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Harassment, and Sexual Assault

Authors: Phillip W. Cook and Tammy L. Hodo
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA,. Praeger, 2013. 193p.
Reviewer: Amber L. Morczek | May 2014

 

The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence

Author: Marvin Dunn
Publisher: Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2013. 240p.
Reviewer: William D. Carrigan | May 2014

Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression Is Bad For Everyone Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression Is Bad For Everyone

Author: Susan Eva Porter
Publisher: St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2013. 189p.
Reviewer: John R. Turner | May 2014


MARCH

Making Crime Television: Producing Entertaining Representations of Crime for Television Broadcast Making Crime Television: Producing Entertaining Representations of Crime for Television Broadcast
Author: Anita Lam
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon: UK; New York: Routledge, 2014. 224p.
Reviewer: Drew Humphries | March 2014
Policing and the Mentally Ill: International PerspectivesPolicing and the Mentally Ill: International Perspectives
Author: Duncan Chappell
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2013. 381p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | March 2014

 

The Death Penalty and U.S. Diplomacy: How Foreign Nations and International Organizations Influence U.S. Policy The Death Penalty and U.S. Diplomacy: How Foreign Nations and International Organizations Influence U.S. Policy
Authors: Wesley Kendall and Joseph M. Siracusa
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013. 226p.
Reviewer: Nicholas Petersen | March 2014
Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth
Author: Jaime J. Fader
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 256p.
Reviewer: Robert Costello | March 2014
On the Outside: From Lengthy Imprisonment to Lasting Freedom On the Outside: From Lengthy Imprisonment to Lasting Freedom
Authors: Melissa Munn and Chris Bruckert
Publisher: Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2013. 240p.
Reviewer: Voula Marinos | March 2014
 

January

“We Live in the Shadow”: Inner-City Kids Tell Their Stories Through Photographs “We Live in the Shadow”: Inner-City Kids Tell Their Stories Through Photographs
Author: Elaine Bell Kaplan
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, 208p.
Reviewer: Bill O’ Grady | January 2014
Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia
Author: Nancy Shields Kollmann
Publisher: Cambridge, UK, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 503p.
Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Hardy | January 2014

 

The Past as Prologue: The Supreme Court’s Pre-Modern Death Penalty Jurisprudence and its Influence on the Supreme Court’s Modern Death Penalty Decisions The Past as Prologue: The Supreme Court’s Pre-Modern Death Penalty Jurisprudence and its Influence on the Supreme Court’s Modern Death Penalty Decisions
Author: Robert M. Bohm 
Publisher: Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2012. 256p.
Reviewer: Wesley S. McCann | January 2014
Municipal Policing in the European Union: Comparative Perspectives Municipal Policing in the European Union: Comparative Perspectives
Author: Daniel Donnelly
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 240p.
Reviewer : Thomas Feltes | January 2014
Unleashed: The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs Unleashed: The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs
Author: Simon Harding
Publisher: Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2012. 286p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | January 2014
 
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