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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


    Albert, Frank (2002). ONE-STRIKE STOPPING POWER: HOW TO WIN STREET CONFRONTATIONS WITH SPEED AND SKILL.Boulder, Colo.: Paladin Press, ISBN: 0873647149
         As a veteran cop working the streets of one of America’s largest cities, Frank Albert has learned the dangerous “rituals” of violent encounters. Here, he shows you how to end such confrontations quickly and ruthlessly. Albert reveals the vulnerable targets of the human body that, if attacked properly, can result in your assailant collapsing to the pavement in writhing pain or unconsciousness. (From the publisher)

    Barker, Thomas and Britz, Marjie (2000). JOKERS WILD: LEGALIZED GAMBLING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, ISBN: 0275965872
         This study examines the nature and extent of legalized gambling in the United States. Data are gathered from a review of the research, the 1998 American Casino Guide, and from journal and newspaper articles. The following questions are considered: (1) Should some gambling be prohibited and should all forms be regulated? (2) Does state-sponsored gambling jeopardize the proper role of the state or tribal nation promoting a potential harm to its citizens? (3) Is gambling an entertainment for some, while being a social problem for others? (4) Does legalized gambling impact special populations in different ways? and (5) Has legalized gambling revitalized deteriorating communities or deteriorated them? Appendices summarize casino gambling activities in 34 states; recommendations of the 1999 National Gambling Impact Study Commission are included. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Fiery, Dennis (2001). HOW TO HIDE THINGS IN PUBLIC PLACES. Port Townsend, Wash.: Breakout Productions, ISBN: 1893626466
         This clever, very detailed, user-friendly book shows you exactly how to find and create caches in public places where no one is going to discover your hidden treasure, firearms, house keys, whatever. Dead drops, message relays, safety rules, containers and much more are covered in this amazing book (From the publisher).

    Lesce, Tony. (2000). COPS! MEDIA VS. REALITY. Port Townsend, Wash.: Loompanics, ISBN: 1559502096
         There are many differences in the way law enforcement appears in the media, and the way it really is. This book explores the reasons why, and presents a picture of the way law enforcement really operates. It highlights the contrasts between the way cops are portrayed on TV and in the movies, and the way they work in real life. It shows why news reporting, which is supposed to be accurate and factual, often is not. (From the publisher)

    Martinez DeFranco, Liz; Olsen, Marilyn and Bettinger, Keith.(2000) COPTALES 2000. Indianapolis, Ind.: 38 Special Press, ISBN: 0967574900
         The first anthology of its kind, Cop Tales 2000 is a collection of fiction and non-fiction short stories by members of the Police Writers Club. Contributors include Paul Bishop, Ed Dee, Jim DeFilippi, Dan Mahoney, and other fascinating cop writers, who tell tales of life as it happens on the streets. (From the publisher)

    Morrissey, Bob (2001). HUMOROUS BEAT: ACTUAL FUNNY POLICE STORIES. Stuart, Fla.: Back Yard Publisher, ISBN: 0970756038
         Thirty nine actual funny police stories gathered during the authors 33 years on the Toledo, Ohio, police force. Police work is ongoing stress. It includes tense association with people who commit theft, murder and mayhem. It also includes the human duties of telling someone their loved ones have been maimed, killed, or arrested. Punctuating this bitterness are those precious humorous moments which make the job acceptable and keep an officer’s sanity. (Editors of

    Pontell, Henry N. and Shichor, David (eds.) (2001). CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF GILBERT GEIS. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0130875856
         Three papers on theory and method in criminological research address the conceptualization of organizational crime in a world of plural cultures; the relationship between research results and public policy; and some cautions in the investigation of sensational cases of organizational misconduct. Five papers on white-collar crime and corporate crime consider fraud by business controllers, victims of investment fraud, accounting for fraud in the penny-stock industry, life-course theory and white-collar crime, and the system of corporate crime control. The three case studies of white-collar crime involve medical fraud, the Archer Daniels Midland Antitrust Case of 1996, and the Westray Mine disaster in Canada. The five papers on studies in social control focus on the challenge of social control under current rapid technological change, the impact of new technologies on the interception of communications by law enforcement agencies, criminal environmental law and corporate strategy, a new vision for rehabilitative prisons, and the obstructions faced by women in policing. Four papers discuss issues in international and comparative studies, including cross-national comparative studies in criminology, the role of fraud in the Japanese financial crisis, victimization impact from transnational white-collar crime, and the purposes and methods of comparative criminology. Three papers on the various forms of crime consider the evolution in bankruptcy law, youth gang patterns, and burglars’ criminal methods in searching a residence. (NCJRS Abstracts)

    Rafter, Nicole Hahn (2000). SHOTS IN THE MIRROR: CRIME FILMS AND SOCIETY. New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0195129822 0195129830
         The subject of crime and criminals has been a central part of the film industry since its inception. Today, after more than a century of cinema, scholars have begun to explore the complex relationship between crime and criminals and how those topics are portrayed on the screen. Rafter has noted that no serious studies have been conducted of how on-screen crime influences our perception of real-world crime. First defining the broad category of films that focus on crime and its consequences, Rafter then compiles a thorough history of crime films and explores how the films and their heroes have changed over a century, much as society’s conception of crime has changed. She concludes with a very interesting exploration of future social problems and how they may be played out on screen. (Ted Leventhal, Booklist)

    Organized Crime

    Bowden, Mark (2001). KILLING PABLO: THE HUNT FOR THE WORLD’S GREATEST OUTLAW. London: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. ISBN: 0871137836
         “Killing Pablo” is the story of the 15-month manhunt for Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose escape from his lavish, mansion-like jail drove a nation to the brink of chaos. In a gripping, up-close account, acclaimed journalist Mark Bowden exposes the never-before-revealed details of how U.S. military and intelligence operatives covertly led the mission to find and kill the world’s most dangerous outlaw. Drawing on unprecedented access to the soldiers, field agents, and officials involved in the chase, as well as hundreds of pages of top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar’s intercepted phone conversations, Bowden creates a narrative that reads as if it were torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy technothriller. (From the publisher)

    Capeci, Jerry. (2001). THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO THE MAFIA. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, ISBN: 0028642252
         Journalism has had a difficult time dealing with the realities of the evolving Mafia. Jerry Capeci has looked hard at the politics, geographies and shifting allegiances of his subjects in gangland. He has used his gifts in a heroic way: separating what is known from what is unknowable, and fact from fiction. He brings healthy streetwise skepticism to the task. In this book, Capeci gives us the results of the research that has been the spine of his journalistic life. Nobody knows more about the subject. (From the foreword by Pete Hamill)

    Chu, Yiu Kong (2000). THE TRIADS AS BUSINESS. New York: Routledge, ISBN: 041517092.
         There is no doubt that the Triads are an international menace. The very word conjures up images of intrigue, mystery, brutality and violence and following the handover of Hong Kong to China there have been increasing fears that the influence of the Triad societies will spread through emigration. This book investigates the reality behind the myth. Yiu Kong Chu here looks at the Hong Kong Triads, generally regarded as the headquarters of triad societies throughout the world. He describes their origins, their involvement in legitimate businesses from the entertainment and construction industries to street hawking and the wholesale fish markets of Hong Kong and finally their part in illegal activities around drugs, gambling and human smuggling. (From the publisher)

    Orlando, Leoluca (2001). FIGHTING THE MAFIA AND RENEWING SICILIAN CULTURE. San Francisco: Encounter Books, ISBN: 1893554228
         The mayor of Palermo, Sicily’s capital, Orlando is well qualified to tell the story of the fight against the Mafia in Italy, having been involved in Sicilian politics for well over 20 years. A leader of the anti-Mafia movement, Orlando introduces readers to others in the movement and the brutal gangsteristica they challenged. Sadly, we barely get to know many of these brave citizens, for they often lost their lives for the cause. Throughout, Orlando demonstrates what it is like to live constantly in danger; for many years, he and his family were never seen in public together, even sitting apart in church. This first-person account is captivating and well written. (From Library Journal)

    Varese, Federico (2001). THE RUSSIAN MAFIA: PRIVATE PROTECTION IN A NEW MARKET ECONOMY. New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 019829736X.
         The author charts the emergence of the Russian Mafia in the context of the transition to the market, the privatization of protection, and pervasive corruption. Past criminal traditions, rituals and norms have been resuscitated by the Mafia of today to forge a powerful new identity and compete in a crowded market for protection. The book draws on reports of undercover police operations, in-depth interviews conducted over several years with the victims of the Mafia, criminals and officials, and documents from the Gulag archives. It also provides a comparative study, making references to other Mafia (the Japanese Yakuza, the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, American-Italian Mafia, and the Hong Kong Triads). (From the publisher)

         Viviano’s title, referring to a Sicilian proverb urging vengeance, spotlights the author’s compulsion to find the murderer of his long-dead grandfather. This intriguing work traces the rootless Viviano’s fascination with his murdered grandfather, nicknamed “the Monk” for his modus operandi of dressing in clerical robes to rob wayfarers. Viviano chronicles his own sojourn in a tiny fishing village in western Sicily, searching documents, interviewing relatives, and observing a way of life rooted in the past. Part memoir, part detective story, this probe should appeal to all readers interested in the origins of the Mafia, immigration stories, the differences between European and American connections to the past, and personal searches for meaning. (From the Booklist)

    Police Brutality & Misconduct

    Burns, Ronald G. and Crawford, Charles E. (2001). POLICING AND VIOLENCE. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0130284378
         This comprehensive, accurate, and timely account of police violence provides readers with a complete understanding of the concept and all that it entails—covering its history to future directions, and ten different areas of police violence. Each chapter in the reader addresses police violence as it is used by and against officers, and all highly competent contributing authors (including both practitioners and academics) have a strong background in the various areas. Chapter topics examine the research surrounding violent acts, the reasons officers feel justified in using excessive force, an account of situational factors affecting an officer’s likelihood to use or be the victim of violence, measurements of deadly force, training issues, the importance of officer pursuits, violence and the community policing philosophy, and international rates of violent police-citizen encounters and the differences between countries. (From the publisher)

    Lawrence, Regina G. (2000). THE POLITICS OF FORCE: MEDIA AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF POLICE BRUTALITY. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, ISBN: 0520221915
         Lawrence extensively analyzes more than 500 incidents of police use-of-force covered by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times from 1985 to 1994, with additional analysis of more recent incidents such as the shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York. The incidents include but are not limited to those defined as “police brutality.” Lawrence reveals the structural and cultural forces that both shape the news and allow police to define most use-of-force incidents, which occur in far greater numbers than are reported, she says. Lawrence explores the dilemma of obtaining critical media perspectives on policing policies. At the same time, she shows how an extraordinary news event involving the police can become a vehicle for marginalized social groups to gain entrance into the media arena. (Editors of

    Palmiotto, Michael J. (2001). POLICE MISCONDUCT: A READER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0130256048
         In an era when police administrators are advocating closer ties with citizens in their communities, scandals such as corruption, brutality, illicit drug use, as well as other criminal activities committed by police officers do little to portray the positive image the agencies are striving to attain. For the past several decades, police misconduct has made news headlines all too frequently. The tragedy of these prime-time police scandals is that they give a black eye to the police officer who has integrity and who refrains from committing even a minor act that could be construed as misconduct. A greater tragedy occurs when citizens of the community and the nation lose their confidence in the police. (From the publisher)

    Police Brutality

    Ross, Jeffrey Ian (2000). MAKING NEWS OF POLICE VIOLENCE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TORONTO AND NEW YORK CITY. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, ISBN: 0275968251
         To shed light on how people react to excessive police violence, Ross constructs a four-stage political process model and applies it to the empirical evidence of police violence in the two cities over a 15-year period. To focus the study, he presents three intensive case studies from each city, matched on important criteria. He concludes that most people do not respond to the police use of excessive force, and if and when they do depends on the context of the violence.(

    Terrill, William (2001). POLICE COERCION: APPLICATION OF THE FORCE CONTINUUM. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, ISBN: 1931202095
         Terrill studies police use of force in two cities (St. Petersburg, Fla., and Indianapolis) with observational data. He examines individual police-citizen encounters, tests theoretical perspectives on force, and offers the Resistance Force Comparative Scale to examine how officers apply force. Officers use more force on male, nonwhite, poor, young, and intoxicated citizens. Surprisingly, however, they are not more forceful toward disrespectful citizens. Officers also differentially escalate and de-escalate force according the nature of resistance. Interestingly, they do not jump at the opportunity to use force on resistant suspects, offering instead a second chance to comply before applying increased force. (Editors of