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Social Problems and Social Control in Criminal Justice

Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot
Social Problems and Social Control in Criminal Justice
ISBN: 978-1-955055-21-5
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Forthcoming June 2022/270 pages
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"A compelling book.... The authors capture the shifting trajectories of social control that are institutionally mobilized in response to a broad range of social problems." —Peter R. Ibarra, University of Illinois Chicago

DESCRIPTION

Today's headlines are rife with reports of hate crimes, domestic terrorism, drug abuse, police malfeasance, and many other profound social problems. Equally, there are discussions, often contentious, about how best to respond to the issues raised. Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot explore government efforts to address social problems in the context of the criminal justice system.
                                    
Adopting an institutionalist perspective, the authors show how social control efforts have adapted and changed over time—and how some efforts have inadvertently contributed to the problems they are trying to alleviate. Their work draws on a wealth of sources, ranging from case law to popular initiatives to policy analysis, to advance both theoretical and practical understanding of criminal justice at work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stacy Burns is professor of sociology at Loyola Marymount University. Mark Peyrot is professor emeritus of sociology at Loyola University Maryland.

CONTENTS

  • Social Control in Criminal Justice.
  • INCREASING SOCIAL CONTROL
  • Hate Crime and Domestic Terrorism.
  • Gun Violence and Mass Shootings.
  • Sexual Assault in Higher Education.
  • LEGITIMIZING SOCIAL CONTROL.
  • Racial Bias and Violence in Policing.
  • Racial Bias and White Privilege in Sentencing.
  • Demonization of Sex Offenders.
  • REDUCING SOCIAL CONTROL.
  • Reversing Mass Incarceration.
  • Extending Problem-Solving Courts.
  • Reforming Marijuana Prohibition.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Possible Futures for Social Control.