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The New Technology of Crime, Law and Social Control

James M. Byrne and Donald J. Rebovich, editors
ISBN: 978-1-881798-72-9
ISBN: 978-1-881798-73-6
2007/379 pages
A CriminalJusticePress Project
"A useful and comprehensive compendium that also raises important issues concerning the implications of technology for crime and control. It is well organized, well researched, and accessible to a variety of audiences."—James L. Williams, International Criminal Justice Review

"A comprehensive discussion of a vast and probably limitless topic or topics ... providing readers insight into the big picture as well as the individual pieces.... The editors and each of the individual authors have done an excellent job."—Tim Cadigan, Federal Probation


Exploring the impact of new technologies on crime and its prevention, and on the criminal justice system, the authors address five critical issues: How will new technological innovations affect both crime prevention and crime control policies toward offenders and victims? Will criminal justice personnel be replaced by new hardware/software? Will technology lead to increased privatization of traditional justice functions? Is there evidence that technological innovations have improved the criminal justice system’s response to crime? What is the link between technology and various forms of criminal behavior?

The concluding chapter of the book analyzes the social control and privacy implications of a range of new technology applications.


James M. Byrne is professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Donald J. Rebovich is associate professor of criminal justice at Utica College.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • The Impact of Technology on Criminality—K. Schlegel and C. Cohen.
  • Technology, Crime Control, and the Private Sector—D.J. Rebovich and A. Martino.
  • CCTV and Improved Street Lighting—B.C. Welsh and D.P. Farrington.
  • Risk Assessment, Threat Assessment, and the Prevention of Violence—A.J. Harris and A.J. Lurigio.
  • Policing and Hard Technology—D. Hummer.
  • How Information Technology Contributes to Police Decision Making—C.J. Harris.
  • Applying Technological Solutions to Legal Issues—E.T. Bellone.
  • The Courts and Soft Technology—R.P. Corbett, Jr.
  • Institutional Corrections and Hard Technology—J.I. Stowell.
  • Institutional Corrections and Soft Technology—J.M. Byrne and A. Pattavina.
  • Community Corrections and Hard Technology—P.M. Harris and J.M. Byrne.
  • Community Corrections and Soft Technology—A. Pattavina and F.S. Taxman.
  • The Engineering of Social Control: Intended and Unintended Consequences—G.T. Marx.