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Criminal justice and moral issues

Author: Robert F Meier; Gilbert Geis
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert F Meier; Gilbert Geis
ISBN: 0195330609 9780195330601
OCLC Number: 190910576
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2007.
Description: x, 272 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Morality, harm, and criminal justice --
Crimes without victims? --
The notion of harm --
Morality and criminal law --
Suicide and attempted suicide --
Physician-assisted suicide --
Usury --
Bad Samaritans --
Motorcycle helmets --
Determining moral standards --
2. Prostitution/sex work --
The Biblical heritage --
Criminal law and prostitution --
Explaining the law's intransigence --
Prostitution and sexual liberation --
The cast in the performance of prostitution --
Urban enforcement : Los Angeles --
The BMW caper --
The Hollywood madam --
Licensed brothels : Nevada --
The Wolfenden Report and Kerb crawling --
Feminism and prostitution --
Legalizing prostitution : yeas and nays --
Prostitution, venereal disease, and AIDS --
Other impacts of prostitution --
Prostitutes, pimps, and the public --
The prostitute/sex worker --
Customers/Johns --
Pimps --
Impact of prostitution on society --
Conclusion --
For legalizing prostitution --
Against decriminalizing prostitution --
3. Drugs --
What is a drug? --
Patterns of drug use --
Illegal drug use : marijuana --
Illegal drug use : heroin --
Illegal drug use : cocaine --
How much do illegal drugs cost? --
The relationship between crime and drugs --
Drug-defined crimes --
Drug-related crimes --
Drug-using crimes --
Current drug policies and how we got there --
Drugs, race, and ethnicity --
The prohibition experience --
Modern legal prohibitions --
The Netherlands' approach to drug control --
What kind of a problem is 'drugs?' --
Decriminalization does not solve the problem of drugs --
Conclusion --
4. Homosexuality --
Defining homosexuality --
Homosexual behavior --
Homosexual preference or orientation --
Homosexual identity or self-concept --
Causes of homosexuality --
The biological perspective --
The learning perspective --
Public opinion and homosexuality --
The regulation of homosexuality --
The social regulation of sexuality --
Religious and legal regulation of sexuality --
The consequences of legal regulation --
The gay movement and gay communities --
Two additional issues --
Same-sex marriages --
Homosexuality as a protected status --
Conclusion. 5. Abortion --
Theology and abortion --
Roman Catholicism --
Judaism --
Abortion before it became legal --
Roe v. Wade and its progeny --
Roe v. Wade (1973) --
The Webster decision (1989) --
The Casey decision (1992) --
The Partial-Birth Abortion Act (2003) --
Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2004) --
RU-486 (Mifepristone) --
Plan B : The morning after pill --
Parental notification and abortion --
How many abortions are there? --
Abortion views in context --
Arguments : pro and con --
Arguments against legalized abortion --
Arguments for legalized abortion --
Conclusion --
6. Pornography --
Definitions --
The ubiquity of pornography --
The pornography industry --
The pornography commissions --
Public concern over pornography --
The regulation of pornography --
The law and pornography --
The effects of pornography --
Harmful effects --
Positive effects, or potentially beneficial functions of pornography --
The feminist response to pornography --
Conclusion --
7. Gambling --
The context of gambling --
Casino gambling --
Slot machines --
Riverboat gambling --
Native-American casinos --
Internet gambling --
Lotteries --
Gambling on numbers --
Lotteries re-emerge --
Off-track betting --
Conclusion --
8. Conclusion --
Harm, risk, and the law --
Can the law create problems? --
What should we call them? --
The Wolfenden Report --
Are there limits to law? --
Immorality --
Privacy --
Alternative controls --
Harm to others --
Are they enforceable? --
What problems are appropriate for law? --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert F. Meier, Gilbert Geis.
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The writing style is extremely clear and the treatment of topics very balanced, providing an approach that examines the issues fairly and head-on. * Richard A. Ball, Pennsylvania State University *

 
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