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ISBN-13: 978-0195399356 ISBN-10: 0195399358

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195399358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195399356
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wilson and Petersilia have done it again with their latest book, Crime and Public Policy. They continue to inform the debate about crime, its causes, and potential solutions, leaving it to readers to draw their own conclusions, because there is no consensus, uniformity, or 'silver bullet.' The great crime reduction debate remains unresolved but better understood because of this must-read analysis."--William Bratton, former Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and former Commissioner, New York Police Department


"Once again, Wilson and Petersilia have produced THE indispensable volume on crime and public policy. Taken together, these chapters underscore the rapid growth in our knowledge base about crime and the effectiveness of our response to crime. Yet the book also serves as an insistent reminder of the great divide between knowledge and practice. In the right hands, this book can help us bridge that divide."--Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


"Wilson and Petersilia, outstanding scholars on their own, have outdone themselves. The fourth version of their series on crime and public policy brings together twenty-one very strong chapters on current knowledge and recent developments about crime and about the responses of the criminal justice system, each written by acknowledged experts who are at the top of their field."--Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, Carnegie Mellon University


"This edition of Crime and Public Policy is the latest and best in the series. There is something worth reading in each chapter, most especially those on policing and prisons, and the concluding summary by Wilson. For any crime scholar, policymaker, criminal justice practitioner, or interested citizen to miss this volume would be a crime."--John DiIulio, Professor, University of Pennsylvania


"...A worthwhile purchase for any sociologist interested in summaries of work in other disciplines on the current state of criminal justice policy." --Contemporary Sociology


About the Author

James Q. Wilson, an emeritus professor at UCLA, is now Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University and a distinguished fellow at the Clough Center at Boston College. Joan Petersilia is Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and co-director for the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

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This is an impressive collection of original essays written by the leading criminological scholars.
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I highly recommend this book for courses in criminology, public policy, and criminal law.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Garcia on March 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it--particularly for criminology and crime policy courses. There is no book out there that contains a more balanced, comprehensive summary of what we know about crime and justice, and what we should do about it. The price is reasonable too--you would have to buy many books to cover the range of topics covered here. Chapters review all of the principle institutions of the justice system (juvenile justice, police, prisons, prosecution, probation and parole, sentencing), as well as many topics generating a lot of current debate (gangs, race, sex offenders, prisoner reentry). There is simply nothing like it on the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PrisonNewsBlog.com on March 25, 2011
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"I love this book. As someone not well steeped in the science of criminology or academia, I found the chapters--written by a Who's Who of crime policy--easy to read. More importantly, as a community activist and wife of a long-term prisoner, I now feel armed with evidence I can use to fight for evidence-based programs, reentry services, and better strategies of crime control and prisoner reintegration. A great resource for us all."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on March 25, 2011
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This one volume constitutes a comprehensive review of what we know about crime, criminal justice, and public policy efforts to control it. Wilson and Petersilia have enlisted the major scholars in this field--Sampson, Cullen, Sherman, Moffitt, Greenwood, Maxson, Turner, Rosenfeld, Reitz, Farrington, Kleiman, Bushway, Nagin, and others--and each author has written an original essay summarizing the evidence on their topic of expertise. Nearly all major topics are covered (e.g., gangs, families, sex offenders, crime rates, communities, prisons). Any student or policymaker who wants to better understand this complex social policy area is well-advised to read this book and have it as a resource book on their shelves. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryken Grattet on April 4, 2011
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This 650-page volume is, by far, the best book of its type on the market. For those who know the previous volumes in the series, they will find that Wilson and Petersilia (full disclosure: a collaborator of mine) have improved a previously-excellent book. New chapters have been added (on race and crime, gangs, sex offenders, crime trends, sentencing), and all other chapters have been significantly updated with the latest evidence and data. I highly recommend this book as an addition to any policymakers or student's library. The book is also ideally suited for criminology and public policy courses at the graduate or undergraduate level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peg on March 24, 2011
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Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition of Crime and Public Policy is the best ever. Wilson and Petersilia have engaged the most trusted scholars and asked them to summarize what they know about the most important crime topics of the day: prisons, sex offenders, gangs, sentencing, prosecution, juvenile justice, biology, and so forth. Each chapter is comprehensive and balanced--often sorely missing in academic criminology. I highly recommend this book for courses in criminology, public policy, and criminal law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Sydenstricker on March 24, 2011
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Wilson and Petersilia have hit a home run again. The updated book includes new chapters on sentencing, gangs, prisons, and sex offenders--all topics of high importance in the nation's quest to keep crime rates now. Other chapters review what we know on sentencing, labor markets, biology and crime, gun control, drugs, deterrence, parole, prosecution, among others. There is something worth reading in every chapter. Highly recommended for policymakers and students."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Lane on March 24, 2011
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Community leaders, students, and politicians would be well advised to pay attention to this book. There are chapters on the criminal justice system, but also chapters on how broader aspects of social life inhibit or encourage crime. I particularly liked the Terrie Moffitt et al. chapter on crime an biology, Robert Sampson's on the role of the community, David Farrington's on families, and Shawn Bushway's on labor markets and crime. As our nation seeks to reduce justice system costs, paying attention to these chapters may well help states reduce expenses while keeping crime rates down. A must read volume for anyone seeking more effective crime strategies. Jodi Lane, University of Florida
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty Rosewater on March 24, 2011
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This book couldn't have come at a better time: budget problems forcing policymakers to look for areas to cut. This book, containing 20 original essays by the nation's leading criminologists, shows us what areas are ripe for reductions and which are not. As with previous editions, each author reviews the existing literature, discusses the methodological rigor of the studies, and then identifies policies that should (and should not) be implemented. Anyone who cares about public safety would be well advised to read and pay attention to these scholars and their recommendations. Clear writing and sound policy recommendations. A sure winner.
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