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El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

by Ioan Grillo

A gripping, sobering account of how Mexican drug gangs have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation's democracy and reaches across to the United States.


Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun

by Erik Larson

This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and...


The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

Now in an updated and revised edition, the definitive book on the Boston Mafia, by the authors of the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning true crime thriller Black Mass


Paranoia & Heartbreak: Fifteen Years in a Juvenile Facility

by Jerome Gold

For fifteen years, Jerome Gold worked as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for juveniles in Washington state. Throughout his time there, he kept a journal of his experiences with youths who had been incarcerated...


Routledge Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

by Matt DeLisi & Michael G Vaughn

Biosocial criminology is an interdisciplinary field that aims to explain crime and antisocial behavior by exploring both biological factors and environmental factors. Since the mapping of the human genome, scientists...


In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver

by Leslie A. Robertson & Dara Culhane

A collection of seven life stories from women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who are seldom heard on their own terms.


Delivering Rehabilitation: The politics, governance and control of probation

by Lol Burke & Steve Collett

Do offenders have the right to be rehabilitated and should the state be responsible for their rehabilitation? Should the public expect punitive and coercive approaches to offender rehabilitation? Why should...


Critical issues on violence against women: International Perspectives and Promising Strategies

by Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher & Véronique Jaquier

Violence against women is a global problem and despite a wealth of knowledge and inspiring action around the globe, it continues unabated. Bringing together the very best in international scholarship with a...


A companion to criminal justice, mental health and risk

by Paul Taylor & Karen Corteen

This unique and topical companion provides expert analyses that explore the interface between criminal justice and mental health. It consolidates scholarly analysis of theory, policy and practice and practical...


Global Human Trafficking: Critical Issues and Contexts

by Molly Dragiewicz

Human trafficking has moved from relative obscurity to a major area of research, policy and teaching over the past ten years. Research has sprung from criminology, public policy, women's and gender studies,...


Missing, Presumed

by Alan Bailey

Between 1993 and 1998, six Irish women, ranging in age from eighteen to twenty eight, disappeared. The area in which these disappearances occurred became publicly referred to as ‘The Vanishing Triangle'. To...


Top Secrets - Confidential Revelations from the Life of the UK's Leading Private Detective

by Stephen Hayes

The anticipated final book in the Biggest Gang in Britain trilogy. Moving on from the brutally honest accounts of police work during the 1960s and 1970s to the private detective sector of the 1980s and 1990s....


Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiancé Filmed Porn

by Emily Southwood

In a culture obsessed with sex, the era of Dad’s Playboy is long gone. Today, endless free porn is a click away and full-frontal photos appear on sites as accessible as Twitter, yet many couples struggle with...


The Judicial System and Reform in Post-Mao China: Stumbling Towards Justice

by Yuwen Li

This comprehensive study examines the development and changing characteristics of the judicial system and reform process over the past three decades in China. Using a combination of traditional modes of legal...


Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

by Marie Gottschalk

The huge prison buildup of the past four decades has few defenders today, yet reforms to reduce the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons have been remarkably modest. Meanwhile, a carceral state has sprouted...


The Case for a Royal Commission on the Penal System

by Louis Blom-Cooper & Seán|Brooke, Henry McConville

An initiative supported by leading political, academic, religious and professional figures and in association with Queen Mary University of London. Virtually half-a-century has passed since the last Royal Commission...


Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis

by Nicholas Ryder, Umut Turksen & Sabine Hassler

Many commentators, regulatory agencies and politicians have blamed the risky behaviour of both financial institutions and their actors for the collapse of the United States sub-prime mortgage market which in...


The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

by Louis Corsino

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb


In Defense of Flogging

by Peter Moskos

Is the lash a sensible and necessary alternative to our broken criminal justice system?


The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story Of A Teenage Drug Ring

by Terry Williams

"Since 1982, sociologist Terry Williams has spent days, weeks, and months “hanging out” with a teenage cocaine ring in cocaine bars, after-hours clubs, on street corners, in crack houses and in their h"