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Special LEN Supplement A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2002

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  • Directory of Publishers

    Corporate/White-Collar Crime

    Shover, Neal and Wright, John Paul (eds.) (2001). CRIMES OF PRIVILEGE: READINGS IN WHITE-COLLAR CRIME. New York: Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195136217
    The book examines the current state of knowledge about and debate over white-collar crime. Written by top scholars in the field, the thirty-one selections in this book include both previously published works as well as original papers. Organized by rational-choice theory, the readings examine the nature and sources of white-collar crime opportunities, the characteristics of white-collar offenders, white-collar criminal decision making processes, and diverse approaches to controlling white-collar crime. (From the publisher)

    Simpson, Sally S. (2002). CORPORATE CRIME, LAW, AND SOCIAL CONTROL. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521580838
    Simpson examines whether the shift toward the use of criminal law, with its emphasis on punishment and stigmatization, is an effective strategy for controlling illegal corporate behavior. She concludes that strict criminalization models will not yield sufficiently high levels of compliance. Empirical data suggest that in most cases cooperative models work best with most corporate offenders. Because some corporate managers, however, respond primarily to instrumental concerns, Simpson argues that compliance should also be buttressed by punitive strategies. Her review and application of the relevant empirical literature on corporate crime and compliance combined with her judicious examination of theory and approaches, make a valuable new contribution to the literature on white-collar crime and deterrence and criminal behavior more generally. (From the publisher)


    Weisburd, David; Waring, Elin & Chayet, Ellen (2001). WHITE-COLLAR CRIME AND CRIMINAL CAREERS. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521771625
    A text examining white collar crime and criminals, comparing them to criminals of other types in a variety of ways. Looks at the motivational factors behind the crimes, the frequency and incidence of criminal behavior, criminal records of white collar career criminals, and other facts and similarities. (From the publisher)

    Wells, Celia (2001). CORPORATIONS AND CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0198267932.
    Corporate liability has been under active consideration by courts, legislatures, law reform bodies, and international organizations in the last two decades. A wide comparative approach and developments in theory and research on corporate liability, especially the role of the criminal law in responses to corporate killings are presented in this volume.

    Crime: General

    Although stalking is an age-old phenomenon, it is only recently receiving due attention. In a span of just ten years, all fifty states have passed anti-stalking legislation. For the first time, this book brings together in one source all the research done by professionals in various fields since 1990. It covers all the angles, from the psychological aspects of stalkers to the legal ramifications of stalking. This comprehensive work emphasizes a multidisciplinary concept and approach. It compiles and assesses studies of law enforcement, legal counsel, medical professionals, forensic mental health professionals, security personnel, and criminologists. (Editors of

    Girling, Evi; Loader, Ian and Sparks, Richard (2000). CRIME AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN MIDDLE ENGLAND: QUESTIONS OF ORDER IN AN ENGLISH TOWN. New York: Routledge, ISBN: 0415183359
    “Crime and Social Change in Middle England” offers a new way of looking at contemporary debates on the fear of crime. This is a book that will give all students of crime a rare insight into how issues at the heart of contemporary law and order politics, both nationally and internationally, play out on the ground. (From the publisher)

    Holmes, Ronald M. and Holmes, Stephen T. (2nd ed., 2001). MURDER IN AMERICA. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications; ISBN 0761920919
    Interweaving a scholarly presentation with sensational scenarios, the authors examine both the common and unusual acts of homicide in light of society’s changing norms, values, attitudes, and customs. Each chapter explores a specific type of homicide by examining trends, methods, motives, statistics, and other descriptive information, and concludes with suggestions aimed at prediction and prevention. (From

    Karmen, Andrew (2001). NEW YORK MURDER MYSTERY: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CRIME CRASH OF THE 1990s. New York: New York University Press; ISBN: 0814747175
    Karmen has weighed in with what must be the heftiest argument yet for coming up with more complex reasons for the crash of crime and violence in our society than can be found in the self-congratulatory posturings of mayors, police chiefs and even some presidents. Karmen explores the factors in excruciating detail and debunks the claims of credit proffered by industry leaders and politicos. He studies race, demographics, the economy, police tactics and a welter of statistics to evaluate their contributions to the decline. The author explodes the myths woven by the stentorian rhetoric of leaders rushing to display the programs that produced these miracles of safety. As we might expect, the forces driving crimes up or down are hideously complex, frequently unknown and embedded in social, racial, economic and, to a much lesser degree, criminal justice factors. We ought to be grateful for this courageous contribution to the literature of crime reduction, which now threatens to engulf us with the illusions of actually naked emperors.…(This) book is begging to be widely circulated. (Law Enforcement News)

    Moffat, Gregory K. (2000). BLIND-SIDED: HOMICIDE WHERE IT IS LEAST EXPECTED. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, ISBN: 0275969290
    While print and broadcast media are filled every day with homicide accounts, the general public seems most disturbed by crimes attributed to individuals who otherwise seem “normal.” Murders by those perceived to be historically non-violent often appear to erupt with no warning whatsoever. Moffatt argues that certain key predictors of a predisposition to violence are usually present. Citing case studies of workplace, school, and domestic homicides, he debunks the myth that these murders happen “out of the blue.” He also includes valuable information on predicting and preventing future tragedies. (From the publisher)

    Scott, Yolanda M. (2001). FEAR OF CRIME AMONG INNER-CITY AFRICAN AMERICANS. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing, ISBN: 1931202052
    Scott uses a systemic social-control approach to explain inner-city African Americans’ fear of crime from their perspective. Perceptions of neighborhood disorder (intra-community control) and views of local police (extra-community control) predict fear of local violent and property crime. Perceived crime-risk is a mediating factor between these fears and the two systemic factors. The systemic argument was supported: perceived local disorder and negative views of police increased residents’ fear of crime. Central to any reduction in inner-city African Americans’ fear of crime is their perception that there be strong intra- and extra-community control barriers between themselves and crime. (From the publisher)

    Shuman, Daniel and Smith, Alexander McCall (2000). JUSTICE AND PROSECUTION OF OLD CRIMES. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, ISBN: 1557986932
    The prosecution of crimes, against individuals or against groups, committed many years or even decades earlier is discussed. Issues concern the philosophical basis for punishment, the legal and psychological aspects of recovered memory, the impact on victims of delayed prosecution, the role of statutes of limitations in constraining prosecution, and the rationale for pardon and amnesty. The moral issues concerning agency and responsibility on the perpetrator’s part, and with forgiveness and mercy on the victim’s part, are also considered. Concrete examples that highlight the many complex legal, moral, and psychological concerns are drawn from domestic and international law. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Thrasher, Ronald R. (2001). SERIOUS CRIME AND THE PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing, ISBN: 1931202125.
    What causes the relationship between alcohol consumption and crime? Is this relationship changing? Is this exclusively an American problem? Those are the problems discussed in this study that is mostly focused on the connection between consumption of beer and adult serious crime. This study suggests that aggressively enforcing public drinking prohibitions by effective community policing in combination with real but not burdensome punishment appears to decrease serious crime. The study examines several communities in four states — California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma.

    Welch, Michael (2000). FLAG BURNING: MORAL PANIC AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF PROTEST. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, ISBN: 0202306526
    A study examines the responses to flag burning. As a particular form of protest, responses tend to polarize into two camps: one holding the view that action of this sort is constitutionally protected behavior; the other, that it is subversive and criminal activity. The intersection of these ideologies is examined and illustrates the relevance of sociological concepts in forming a deeper understanding of such forms of protest. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)