Undue Process

(First Edition)
Michael E. Norris
Paperback, 290 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63487-061-0 ©2016
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    Undue Process raises the reader's awareness of an important constitutional issue that has yet to receive significant attention despite its impact on contemporary life, law, and society. The book analyzes how the vast expansion of private security has undermined the constitutional rights to due process and equal protection.

    Most analyses of the expansion of private security have focused on the way this type of security encroaches on the right to privacy. Undue Process moves beyond this question to examine the way in which privatized law enforcement has begun to erode America's historic commitment to equality under the law.

    The opening chapters of the text explain the world of private security and examine how it has rapidly expanded due to budget-conscious limits on police capacity. Additional chapters explore the public-private hybrid form of law enforcement that has emerged in America as a result, along with specific constitutional issues raised by netlaw, private prisons, and the activities of bounty hunters.

    Undue Process is well suited to political science and government courses and classes on criminal justice, constitutional law, and police procedures.
    The Revised First Edition will be published Fall 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5165-2705-2

    Michael Norris earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Nevada, Reno and now teaches college-level political science courses in Texas. In addition, Dr. Norris is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor. He has written numerous articles on wide-ranging topics, including the relationship between the media and the courts, and is the author of Reinventing the Administrative State from University Press of America.
    In Undue Process, Mike Norris charts the burgeoning threat to constitutional guarantees of liberty and due process brought on by increasing disillusionment with government institutions and uninformed anxieties. Private industry, including technology, security and surveillance, doesn't operate under the scrutiny that government agencies do, which has enabled a new form of authoritarianism. It is said that a police state is a safe state, but as the scale tips toward complete law and order, freedom and liberty hang in the balance. Norris' vision is not some dark prediction of a dubious future but an in-depth look at the trends and forces that have already eroded the American promise. —D. Brian Burghart, editor/publisher of the Reno News & Review

    Mr. Norris’s extensive analysis of the privatization of the public forum illustrates the increasing burden cast upon our once prized individual freedoms we believed were protected by the Bill of Rights. Mr. Norris gives a detailed account of the loss of due process caused by our changing technological world and the changing political forum which governs the citizenry. —Reginald Bedell, Defense Attorney

    Throughout Undue Process, Professor Norris shows the increasing, if not pervasive, expansion of private security operations in nearly all phases of what was traditionally an almost exclusively governmental function. Norris raises the specter early on in the text that, in the public mind, such private agencies are “operating under the same rules as government agencies.” But throughout the text he demonstrates that this is far from the reality of the shadowy world in which private security firms operate. —Eric Herzik, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno

    With Undue Process, Michael Norris lifts the veil on technology making life easier for consumers while posing unprecedented threats to privacy and security. Undue Process is essential reading for anyone questioning a population under scrutiny, the increasingly blurred line between governmental and private interests and a populace seemingly willing to sacrifice privacy for convenience. —A. Lee Graham, Fort Worth Business Press