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Title:
Crime and criminals : opposing viewpoints
Author:
Roleff, Tamara L., 1959-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
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191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
What causes crime? -- Does controlling guns control crime? -- How should society treat juvenile offenders? -- How can crime be prevented?
ISBN:
9780737701210

9780737701203
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Summary

Summary

Crime continues to be the number one concern for most Americans. In this anthology, which replaces Greenhaven's 1995 edition, authors explore the causes of and solutions to crime.


Summary

Crime continues to be the number one concern for most Americans. In this anthology, which replaces Greenhaven's 1995 edition, authors explore the causes of and solutions to crime.


Author Notes

Tamara L. Roleff is a published author and an editor of young adult books. Some of the published credits of Tamara L. Roleff include The Olympics (At Issue Series), Genetic Engineering (Compact Research Series), Body Piercing and Tattoos (At Issue Series).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Tamara L. Roleff is a published author and an editor of young adult books. Some of the published credits of Tamara L. Roleff include The Olympics (At Issue Series), Genetic Engineering (Compact Research Series), Body Piercing and Tattoos (At Issue Series).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. The Opposing Viewpoints series has really hit the mark with this volume, which masterfully covers the hot-button topics relating to crime and criminals. Issues addressed include the influences on crime and criminal behavior, gun control in relation to concealed weapons and semiautomatic rifles, and juvenile crime. Coverage of the latter addresses prosecuting youth as adults, imposing curfews on children, and holding parents responsible for their children's offenses. On a more encouraging note, the final chapter focuses on crime prevention, discussing the effectiveness of imprisonment, the death penalty, a strong police presence, and the "three strikes" law. Throughout the text, essayists from varied backgrounds use rich vocabularies and construct well-developed arguments. An excellent choice for students researching contemporary crime. See Euthanasia, below, another strong title in the series. --Roger Leslie


Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. The Opposing Viewpoints series has really hit the mark with this volume, which masterfully covers the hot-button topics relating to crime and criminals. Issues addressed include the influences on crime and criminal behavior, gun control in relation to concealed weapons and semiautomatic rifles, and juvenile crime. Coverage of the latter addresses prosecuting youth as adults, imposing curfews on children, and holding parents responsible for their children's offenses. On a more encouraging note, the final chapter focuses on crime prevention, discussing the effectiveness of imprisonment, the death penalty, a strong police presence, and the "three strikes" law. Throughout the text, essayists from varied backgrounds use rich vocabularies and construct well-developed arguments. An excellent choice for students researching contemporary crime. See Euthanasia, below, another strong title in the series. --Roger Leslie


Table of Contents

Richard J. HerrnsteinJeff MilderDouglas S. MasseyDave GrossmanJon KatzRichard HarwoodSheldon RichmanJohn R. Lott Jr.Bill KolenderDianne FeinsteinJoseph PerkinsTanya K. MetaksaMorgan Reynolds and Don BoysJo-Ann WallaceRoger ConnerJohn LeoMary Ann PergaGeoffrey CanadaJay JohansenEric M. FreedmanDan LungrenJohn CloudAndrew Peyton ThomasNeal R. PeirceAllan C. BrownfeldAnthony ArnoveRichard J. HerrnsteinJeff MilderDouglas S. MasseyDave GrossmanJon KatzRichard HarwoodSheldon RichmanJohn R. Lott Jr.Bill KolenderDianne FeinsteinJoseph PerkinsTanya K. MetaksaMorgan Reynolds and Don BoysJo-Ann WallaceRoger ConnerJohn LeoMary Ann PergaGeoffrey CanadaJay JohansenEric M. FreedmanDan LungrenJohn CloudAndrew Peyton ThomasNeal R. PeirceAllan C. BrownfeldAnthony Arnove
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 What Causes Crime?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Genetics May Influence Criminal Behaviorp. 17
2. Crime Gene Theories Are Flawedp. 24
3. Poverty Contributes to Crimep. 30
4. Poverty Does Not Cause Crimep. 40
5. Violence in the Media Causes Juvenile Crimep. 47
6. Violence in the Media Does Not Cause Juvenile Crimep. 55
Periodical Bibliographyp. 61
Chapter 2 Does Controlling Guns Control Crime?
Chapter Prefacep. 63
1. Gun Control Laws Reduce Crimep. 64
2. Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Crimep. 68
3. Carrying Concealed Weapons Prevents Crimep. 72
4. Carrying Concealed Weapons Does Not Prevent Crimep. 76
5. Banning Semiautomatic Rifles Reduces Crimep. 79
6. Banning Semiautomatic Rifles Would Not Reduce Crimep. 83
7. Waiting Periods Prevent Criminals from Purchasing Handgunsp. 86
8. Instant Background Checks Would Prevent Criminals from Purchasing Handgunsp. 89
Periodical Bibliographyp. 93
Chapter 3 How Should Society Treat Juvenile Offenders?
Chapter Prefacep. 95
1. Violent Juvenile Criminals Should Be Treated as Adultsp. 96
2. Juvenile Criminals Should Not Be Treated as Adultsp. 101
3. Society Should Impose Civil Ordinances Against Gangsp. 106
4. Imposing Civil Ordinances Against Gangs Is Unconstitutionalp. 112
5. Parents Should Be Held Responsible for Their Children's Crimesp. 117
6. Parental Responsibility Laws Will Not Reform Delinquent Behaviorp. 121
7. Government-Mandated Teen Curfews Are Effectivep. 126
8. Government-Mandated Teen Curfews Are a Mistakep. 129
Periodical Bibliographyp. 132
Chapter 4 How Can Crime Be Prevented?
Chapter Prefacep. 134
1. The Death Penalty Deters Crimep. 135
2. The Death Penalty Does Not Deter Crimep. 139
3. "Three-Strikes" Laws Prevent Crimep. 146
4. "Three-Strikes" Laws Are Unfairp. 153
5. Imprisoning Criminals Prevents Crimep. 158
6. Imprisoning Criminals Is Only One of Many Factors That Prevent Crimep. 163
7. A Strong Police Presence Prevents Crimep. 167
8. A Strong Police Presence Does Not Prevent Crimep. 172
Periodical Bibliographyp. 178
For Further Discussionp. 179
Organizations to Contactp. 181
Bibliography of Booksp. 184
Indexp. 186
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 What Causes Crime?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Genetics May Influence Criminal Behaviorp. 17
2. Crime Gene Theories Are Flawedp. 24
3. Poverty Contributes to Crimep. 30
4. Poverty Does Not Cause Crimep. 40
5. Violence in the Media Causes Juvenile Crimep. 47
6. Violence in the Media Does Not Cause Juvenile Crimep. 55
Periodical Bibliographyp. 61
Chapter 2 Does Controlling Guns Control Crime?
Chapter Prefacep. 63
1. Gun Control Laws Reduce Crimep. 64
2. Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Crimep. 68
3. Carrying Concealed Weapons Prevents Crimep. 72
4. Carrying Concealed Weapons Does Not Prevent Crimep. 76
5. Banning Semiautomatic Rifles Reduces Crimep. 79
6. Banning Semiautomatic Rifles Would Not Reduce Crimep. 83
7. Waiting Periods Prevent Criminals from Purchasing Handgunsp. 86
8. Instant Background Checks Would Prevent Criminals from Purchasing Handgunsp. 89
Periodical Bibliographyp. 93
Chapter 3 How Should Society Treat Juvenile Offenders?
Chapter Prefacep. 95
1. Violent Juvenile Criminals Should Be Treated as Adultsp. 96
2. Juvenile Criminals Should Not Be Treated as Adultsp. 101
3. Society Should Impose Civil Ordinances Against Gangsp. 106
4. Imposing Civil Ordinances Against Gangs Is Unconstitutionalp. 112
5. Parents Should Be Held Responsible for Their Children's Crimesp. 117
6. Parental Responsibility Laws Will Not Reform Delinquent Behaviorp. 121
7. Government-Mandated Teen Curfews Are Effectivep. 126
8. Government-Mandated Teen Curfews Are a Mistakep. 129
Periodical Bibliographyp. 132
Chapter 4 How Can Crime Be Prevented?
Chapter Prefacep. 134
1. The Death Penalty Deters Crimep. 135
2. The Death Penalty Does Not Deter Crimep. 139
3. "Three-Strikes" Laws Prevent Crimep. 146
4. "Three-Strikes" Laws Are Unfairp. 153
5. Imprisoning Criminals Prevents Crimep. 158
6. Imprisoning Criminals Is Only One of Many Factors That Prevent Crimep. 163
7. A Strong Police Presence Prevents Crimep. 167
8. A Strong Police Presence Does Not Prevent Crimep. 172
Periodical Bibliographyp. 178
For Further Discussionp. 179
Organizations to Contactp. 181
Bibliography of Booksp. 184
Indexp. 186