Reviews in Brief

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)


Battered 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 Justice

Edited by Franklin E. Zimring and David Tanenhaus
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2014, 256p.
Reviewer: Barry Krisberg | November 2014

Confronting 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 Britain

Author: Mike McConville and Luke Marsh
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, 320p.
Reviewer: Michael Zander | November 2014

Made 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 Practice

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


Honor-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

Policing in Africa

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

Taming 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


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

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

Policing Digital Crime

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Author: Jaime J. Fader
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 256p.
Reviewer: Robert Costello | March 2014

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

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

Policing and the Mentally Ill: International Perspectives

Author: Duncan Chappell
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2013. 381p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | March 2014


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

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

Author: Simon Harding
Publisher: Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2012. 286p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | January 2014

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