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Bibliographic Details

  • Title: Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia
  • ISBN: 9780313294099
  • Editor: Schmalleger, Frank M.
  • Author: Armstrong, Gordon
  • Publisher: Greenwood
  • Location: Westport, Conn. (United States)
  • Subject: Legal Reference, Criminology, Administration of Criminal justice, Crime, Criminal justice, Criminal Law
  • Copyright: 1997
  • Edition Description: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Publication Date: 1997-11-31
  • Language: English
  • Pages:312


Review by Choice Review

From the American Library Association:

“The 44 academicians and practitioners who contributed to this timely work have broadly defined their coverage of crime, the courts, and corrections. Its 369 entries treat historical and contemporary personages from Wyatt Earp to O.J. Simpson; legal, police, and judicial terminology; key Supreme Court decisions; significant federal legislation; and historical topics ranging from the Code of Hammurabi to posse comitatus. Arrangement is alphabetical with sparing use of cross-references. Entries vary in length from a single sentence to several pages. Most entries include references for additional reading, and there is an excellent subject index. The melange of diverse topics is simultaneously frustrating and stimulating. One reasonably expects a work that discusses the M’Naghten rule to include the “fruit of the poison tree” doctrine, but it does not. On the other hand, serendipitous discoveries yield unexpected coverage of drug courts and status offenses, topics that are unlikely to be found in most criminal justice reference books. Although a single-volume work does not allow for direct comparison to the four-volume Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, ed. by Sanford H. Kadish (CH, Mar’84), this crisply written and concisely edited work makes a worthwhile addition to legal and criminal justice reference collections.

By: C. B. Thurston University of Texas at San Antonio

Publisher Review

An inter-disciplinary survey of crime and violence in America with historical perspective, but primary entry emphasis focused on the 20th century. Addressing specifically the period from 1960 to the present, this reference also projects into the 21st century with contemporary terminology covering aspects of violent crime, DNA evidence, terrorism, riots, gangs, guns and gun control, AIDS, drug and drug related crime, and corporate and political crime. A Bibliographic Essay, Table of Cases, and Index enrich this work designed for students, scholars, and professionals in criminal justice and related fields.


Annotation by Book News Inc: An interdisciplinary survey of crime and violence in the US, focusing on the 20th century and most specifically since 1960. Includes entries on the crime-control model of justice, the federal probation system, the insanity defense, the Magna Carta, jury nullification, private corrections, the Scotttsboro Case, Associate US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime, and the criminality of women. Entry-specific reading recommendations are augmented with an overall bibliographic essay.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. The Encyclopedia
  3. Bibliographic Essay
  4. Table of Cases
  5. Index


See Also

  • Restorative Justice
  • Criminal Justice System

Further Reading

  • Beirne, P. (1983). “Generalization and its discontents: The comparative study of crime”. In I.L. Barak-Glantz & E.H. Johnson (eds.), Comparative criminology, Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
  • Cole, George F., S. J. Frankowski, and M. G. Gertz, (1987) Major Criminal Justice Systems. Beverly Hills: Sage.
  • David, R. and J. E. Brierley (1968) Major Legal Systems of the World Today. London: Free Press.
  • Duffee, D., F. Hussey, and J. Kramer, (1978). Criminal justice: Organization, structure, and analysis. NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Fairchild, E. (1993), Comparative criminal justice systems. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Feeley, Malcolm M. (1991), Court reform on trial: Why simple solutions fail. New York: Basic Books.
  • Feeley, Malcolm M. (1973), “Two models of the criminal justice system”. Law and Society Review, 7(3): 407-425.
  • Foucault, M. (1977), Discipline and Punish. New York: Pantheon,
  • Hoebel, E. Adamson (1954), The Law of Primitive Man. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Malinowski, Bronislaw (1926), Crime and Custom in Savage Society. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.
  • Milovanovic, Dragan (1994), The Sociology of Law, 2nd Edition. Albany, NY: Harrow and Heston Publishers.
  • Packer, Herbert L. (1969), The Limits of Criminal Sanction. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Terrill, Richard J. (1984), World Criminal Justice Systems. Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Von Glahn, Gerhard (1986), Law Among Nations. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Walker, Sam (1992), Origins of the contemporary criminal justice paradigm: The American Bar
  • Foundation Survey, 1953-1969. Justice Quarterly, 9(1): 47-76.
  • Weber, M. (1978), Economy and Society, Vol 1 and 2, G. Roth and C. Wittich (eds.) Los Angeles, California: University of California Press.

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