Career Criminals in Society
By: Matt DeLisi (author)Paperback
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More than a century of scientific research has indicated that the majority of crime that occurs in society is committed by a small percentage of the population, meaning that most criminals are repeat offenders, or "career criminals." If societies devoted considerable resources toward preventing and neutralizing career criminals, there would be dramatic reductions in crime, the fear of crime, and the assorted costs and collateral consequences of crime. Career Criminals in Society examines the small but dangerous group of repeat offenders who are most damaging to society. The book encourages readers to think critically about the causes of criminal behavior and the potential of the criminal justice system to reduce crime. Author Matt DeLisi draws upon his own practitioner experience interviewing criminal defendants to argue that career criminals can be combated only with a combination of prevention efforts and retributive criminal justice system policies. With its controversial, thought-provoking style, Career Criminals in Society is sure to advance theory and research on chronic offenders and inspire discussions on how to adequately control crime.
Matt DeLisi (Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2000) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Studies Program at Iowa State University. Dr. DeLisi's primary areas of study are career criminals and self-control theory and his research has appeared in Advances in Criminological Theory, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Crime & Criminal Justice International, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law & Society, Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Pakistan Journal of Social Science, The Social Science Journal, The Justice Professional, and Women & Criminal Justice. Professor DeLisi is a member of both the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and American Society of Criminology and has delivered nearly 20 presentations to professional criminal justice and social science organizations.
Preface Chapter 1. Introduction, Two Glimpses at the Career Criminal The Life of Crime Overview of the Book Practitioner Approach Summary Chapter 2. The Empirical Evidence of Career Criminals Introduction Historical Background of Career Criminals Biographies and Typological Studies The Modern Criminal Career Paradigm International Contributions Career Criminal Characteristics Summary: The Universality of Career Criminals Endnotes Chapter 3. Developmental Theory and Its Application Overview of Developmental Theory Patterson's Coercion Theory Moffitt's Developmental Taxonomy Sampson and Laub's Age-graded Theory of Informal Social Control and Cumulative Disadvantage Thornberry's Interactional Theory Social Development Model Developmental Theory in Action: A Review of Some Successful Prevention Policies Strategies that Help to Forestall Career Criminality Summary Endnotes Chapter 4. The Challenges Posed by Propensity Theory Overview of Propensity Theories as they relate to Career Criminals The Implicit and Explicit Role of Psychopathological Conditions Wilson and Herrnstein's Crime and Human Nature Gottfredson and Hirschi's A General Theory of Crime The Gottfredson and Hirschi Critiques Theoretical Challenges and Summary Issues Conclusion Endnotes Chapter 5. The Politics of Career Criminals Introduction The Ethical Quandaries of Prediction Media Portrayals of Career Criminals The Criminological Significance of Career Criminals The Sympathetic Life of Career Criminals The Mercurial Criminal Justice System Academics and Career Criminals Constructing the Career Criminal Conclusion Endnotes Chapter 6. The Criminal Justice System and Career Criminals Introduction and Overview The Police and Career Criminals The Courts and Career Criminals Corrections and Career Criminals Capital Punishment and Career Criminals Endnotes Chapter 7. Conclusion, Do We Have the Will to Stop Career Criminals? Overview Prevention and the Conservative Compromise Retributive Justice and the Liberal Compromise Conclusion Endnotes References
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