Issues in Criminal Justice

A Reader for Critical Thought (First Edition)
Edited by M.L. Dantzker and Rosalva Resendiz
©2021, 342 pages

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    Issues in Criminal Justice: A Reader for Critical Thought provides students with scholarly articles that address a variety of challenges within the criminal justice system. The anthology exposes readers to a spectrum of diverse perspectives and is intended to inspire thoughtful consideration and lively debate regarding aspects, concepts, and viewpoints related to criminal justice.

    The text is organized into six units that address topics often discussed in introductory criminal justice courses. Each unit addresses a major element associated with the criminal justice system and features an introduction, readings, and discussion questions. The units explore the structure and management of the criminal justice system, policing and law enforcement, the judicial system, punishment and corrections, juvenile justice, and victimology. Specific issues include the prison industrial complex, the use of police body cameras, mental health courts, reform and retrenchment in juvenile justice, elder abuse, and more.

    Designed to foster critical thinking skills, Issues in Criminal Justice is ideal for senior-level capstones or seminars and upper-division or graduate-level courses with focus on contemporary issues in the discipline.

    M.L. Dantzker holds doctoral degrees in urban studies/administration/criminal justice and clinical psychology from the University of Texas-Arlington and Walden University, respectively. He is a professor of criminal justice at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Dantzker is a licensed professional counselor and has over 30 years of experience within the criminal justice system.
    Rosalva Resendiz earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Texas Woman's University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Resendiz's work engages critical Chicana feminism with a focus on intersectionality and identity politics, considering colonialism, decolonialism, and postcolonialism.
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