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Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect

Author(s): Dennis J. Stevens, PhD, Managing Director, Justice Writers of America, Retired, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755317
  • Paperback    380 pages      © 2011
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Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect illustrates how media coverage and television programs influence the public’s perception of criminal justice.  Fiction is often mistaken for reality, and this phenomenon called “The CSI Effect” adds to the assumption that all criminal cases can be easily solved through the employment of high-tech forensic science, as depicted on television crime shows. Over 400 prosecutors assist in explaining the CSI Effect's influence which reinforces America's troubled wars on crime, junkies, poverty and immigrants, and produces a greater tolerance of official misconduct, and an escalation of wrongful convictions. This text explores common misconceptions and their consequences, providing readers with the ability to critically analyze information promoted by the media and entertainment. Comprehensive and balanced coverage of timely events in crime scene investigation, prosecutorial discretion, and wrongful convictions are also provided.

Key Features:

  • Current real-world examples provide reliable documented information and data, to help readers reach informed decisions about important issues.
  • Discusses principle theories and scholarly research of criminal justice procedures, and how they can be applied to new present circumstances and experiences. 

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Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for Mass Media, Media and Policing, Criminal Justice, and Intro to Policing and Policy Management courses in the departments of Media, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Political Science, and Public Policy.


Dedication & Acknowledgments
About the Author
Chapter 1  The Media and the CSI Craze
Chapter 2  Motion Pictures, Popular Television Dramas, News Reports
Chapter 3  Wars on Crime and Junkies
Chapter 4  Wars on Sex Offenders and Poverty
Chapter 5  War on Immigrants
Chapter 6  Crime Scene Investigations, Forensics, and Junk Science
Chapter 7  Prosecutors
Chapter 8  Wrongful Convictions
Chapter 9  The Death Penalty
Chapter 10  Methodology and Findings
Chapter 11  Recommendations to Reduce Wrongful Convictions and Eliminate Capital Punishment
Appendix 1  Questionnaire

Dennis J. Stevens, PhD-Managing Director, Justice Writers of America, Retired, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Dennis J. Stevens, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Justice Writers of America (JWA), an organization guiding justice personnel (by invitation only) to articulate their experiences in a confidential setting. Fore more information, see Stevens has taught criminal psychology in major universities and counseled high-risk prisoners at Chicago, Charlotte, Boston, and New Orleans. He has led crisis intervention sessions among Boston and New York City officers after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, New Orleans and Houston officers after Hurricane Katrina, and Chicago and Dallas officers after the execution-style murders of their own. 

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