Career criminals in society /

"Career Criminals in Society examines the small but dangerous group of repeat offenders who are most damaging to society. The book encourages readers to think critically about the causes of criminal behavior and the potential of the criminal justice system to reduce crime. Author Matt DeLisi dr...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: DeLisi, Matt.
Format: eBook
Published: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Pub., ©2005.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • The life of crime
  • Historical background of career criminals
  • Biographies and typological studies
  • The modern criminal career paradigm
  • International contributions
  • Career criminal characteristics
  • The universality of career criminals
  • Overview of developmental theory
  • Patterson's coercion theory
  • Moffitt's developmental taxonomy
  • Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory of informal social control and cumulative disadvantage
  • Thornberry's interactional theory
  • Social development model
  • Developmental theory in action : a review of some successful prevention policies
  • Strategies that help to forestall career criminality
  • Overview of propensity theories as they relate to career criminals
  • The implicit and explicit role of psychopathological conditions
  • Wilson and Herrnstein's Crime and human nature
  • Gottfredson and Hirschi's A general theory of crime
  • The Gottfredson and Hirschi critiques
  • Theoretical challenges and summary issues
  • The ethical quandaries of prediction
  • Media portrayals of career criminals
  • The criminological significance of career criminals
  • The sympathetic life of career criminals
  • The mercurial criminal justice system
  • Academics and career criminals
  • Constructing the career criminal
  • The police and career criminals
  • The courts and career criminals
  • Corrections and career criminals
  • Capital punishment and career criminals
  • Prevention and the conservative compromise
  • Retributive justice and the liberal compromise.