This text provides a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice and criminology curriculum through contributed essays designed to review and expand upon key areas of study. The text will explore and examine theory, cases, laws and policies as they have been shaped by a larger social, cultural, and historical context. Topics span the gamut of the Criminal Justice and Criminology curriculum, including crime theory, law enforcement, jurisprudence, corrections and organizations.
Mary Maguire is a Professor and the Chair of the Division of Criminal Justice at California State University Sacramento. Her research interests include moral panic and public policy, as well as issues related to the incarceration movement in the United States, including drugs, race, class and management of those at risk for offending. Selected publications include: A False Sense of Security: Moral Panic Driven Sex Offender Legislation, Corrections in California: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and The Prevalence of Mental Illness in California Sex Offenders on Parole: A comparison of Those Who Recidivated With a New Sex Crime Versus Those Who Did Not. In addition to Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, she has two editions of Annual Editions: Drugs, Society, and Behavior. Dr. Maguire served as the Book Review Editor for Contemporary Justice Review and is the past President of the Western Society of Criminology. Dr. Maguire is currently working on prevention measures for families at risk for violence. Dan Okada is an Associate Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University. He has professed at California State University Long Beach and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. His work centers on juvenile justice and the promotion and examination of restorative justice, and the search for peace. His play centers on Fender electrics and Ovation acoustics, and often acting his shoe size not his age.