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La Pinta: Chicana/O Prisoner Literature, Culture, and Politics

by B. V. Olguín

In this groundbreaking study based on archival research about Chicana and Chicano prisoners-known as Pintas and Pintos-as well as fresh interpretations of works by renowned Pinta and Pinto authors and activists,...


To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back: Memories of an East La Outlaw

by Ernie López & Rafael Pérez-Torres

When Ernie López was a boy selling newspapers in Depression-era Los Angeles, his father beat him when he failed to bring home the expected eighty to ninety cents a day. When the beatings became unbearable,...


First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System

by James W. Marquart, Chad R. Trulson & Ben M. Crouch

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court and certain governmental actions struck down racial segregation in the larger society, American prison administrators still boldly adhered to discriminatory practices. Not...


The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990

by James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson & Jonathan R. Sorensen

In late summer 1923, legal hangings in Texas came to an end, and the electric chair replaced the gallows. Of 520 convicted capital offenders sentenced to die between 1923 and 1972, 361 were actually executed,...


Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas During the Modern Era

by Rocky LeAnn Pilgrim, Jon Sorensen & Evan J. Mandery

Few state issues have attracted as much controversy and national attention as the application of the death penalty in Texas. In the years since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has led the nation...


Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America

by Thomas Bruneau & Lucía|Skinner, Elizabeth Dammert

Sensational headlines have publicized the drug trafficking, brutal violence, and other organized crime elements associated with Central America's mara gangs, but there have been few clear-eyed analyses of the...


The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System

by Michael Berryhill

In April 1981, two white Texas prison officials died at the hands of a black inmate at the Ellis prison farm near Huntsville. Warden Wallace Pack and farm manager Billy Moore were the highest-ranking Texas prison...


A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City

by Diego Vigil

With nearly 1,000 gangs and 200,000 gang members, Los Angeles holds the dubious distinction of being the youth gang capital of the United States. The process of street socialization that leads to gang membership...


Here, Our Culture Is Hard: Stories of Domestic Violence from a Mayan Community in Belize

by Laura McClusky

Marriage among the Maya of Central America is a model of complementarity between a man and a woman. This union demands mutual respect and mutual service. Yet some husbands beat their wives.In this pioneering...


The Birth of the Penitentiary in Latin America: Essays on Criminology, Prison Reform, and Social Control, 1830-1940

by Ricardo D. Salvatore & Carlos Aguirre

Opening a new area in Latin American studies, The Birth of the Penitentiary in Latin America showcases the most recent historical outlooks on prison reform and criminology in the Latin American context. The...


Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez

by Howard Campbell

Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in Mexico. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, adjacent to El Paso, Texas, has become the most violent city in the Mexican drug war. Much of the cocaine, marijuana,...


Effective Police Supervision Study Guide

by Larry S. Miller & Michael C. Braswell

Good police officers are often promoted into supervisory positions with little or no training for what makes a good manager. Effective Police Supervision provides readers with an understanding of the group...


Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

by Laura Caldwell

Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months...


Justice Gained?: Crime and Crime Control in South Africa's Transition

by Bill Dixon & Elrena van der Spuy

Key questions in contemporary South African criminology are examined in these essays, including Why is crime such a persistent problem? and How have crime control practices altered in response to the challenges...


Criminology: Theory and Context

by John Tierney

Criminology: theory and context, third edition, expands upon the ideas presented in previous editions, while introducing new material on critical theory, feminism, masculinities, cultural criminology and postmodernism. ...


Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a White Single Mother in Small-Town America

by Greg Donaldson

Eight years in the making, this edgy, in-depth account follows a black felon’s attempt to find a new life for himself with a white woman in a small-town neighborhood where—as the book’s title implies—such...


Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests

by David P. Farrington & Joseph Murray

Labeling Theory has been an extremely important and influential development in criminology, but its recent advances have been largely neglected. This volume aims to reinvigorate labeling theory by presenting...


Capital Punishment: New Perspectives

by Peter Hodgkinson

This collection questions the received wisdom contained in the debate about capital punishment. It asks questions and proposes remedies for a raft of issues identified as having been overlooked in the traditional...


Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy

by Theo Gavrielides & Vasso Artinopoulou

This book takes bold steps in forming much-needed philosophical foundations for restorative justice through deconstructing and reconstructing various models of thinking. It challenges current debates through...


Civilising Criminal Justice: An International Restorative Agenda for Penal Reform

by Martin Wright, John Blad & David J. Cornwell

A magnificent collection, Civilising Criminal Justice is an inescapable resource for anyone interested in restorative justice: truly international and packed with experience while combining history, theory,...