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.
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