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Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice, Second Edition

Author(s): Matt DeLisi, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
Peter J. Conis, PhD, Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice, Des Moines Area Community College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763797904
  • Paperback    470 pages      © 2012
Price: $117.95 US List
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Although the public interest in criminal predators is extensive, the criminology of criminal predators is fragmented. Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice, Second Edition aims to demystify the many different types of violent offenders we hear about in the media. This newly revised and updated Second Edition is a compilation of original scholarship from an international collection of applied and academic criminologists. Based not only on history and academic research but also on the experiences of author Peter Conis as a 25 year veteran of law enforcement, it provides students with a realistic view of why people commit violent crimes and how our criminal justice system, as a whole, responds to these offenders and these violent acts. It contains cutting-edge material on the broad category of criminal predators, including homicide offenders, sex offenders, financial predators, and conventional street criminals. Unlike other texts on the subject that narrowly focus on one type of criminal (e.g., serial killers), this updated Second Edition illustrates the systemic importance of predation in antisocial behavior.

This book is divided into two parts; part one covers the theoretical and disciplinary foundations of the study of violent behavior, spanning the disciplines of sociology, psychology, biology, and neuroscience. Part two covers the policy and practice of responding to violent offenders from the insightful perspectives of people who work among them on a daily basis.

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Features & Benefits

  • Includes contributions from criminal justice practitioners that demonstrate how public policies and practice respond to violent offenders and their actions
  • Hands-on research and practitioner expertise illustrate today’s study of criminal predation
  • Provides clear explanations of how criminological theory relates to the formation of a criminal offender to help students understand the reasons behind a person’s violent actions
  • Contains 10 NEW chapters (5 in theory and research and 5 in policy and practice). These additions provide greater overall coverage of sociological theory, evolutionary psychology theory, and female offenders. The section on policy and practice is organized to be consistent with the criminal justice system, from law enforcement through the courts, to corrections.
  • Instructor resources include lecture outlines, PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and a complete Test Bank
Part  I  Theory and Research
  Chapter  1  The Importance of Violent Offenders to Criminology
  Chapter  2  The Overlap Between Violent Offending and Violent Victimization: Assessing the Evidence and Explanations
  Chapter  3  Community Level Correlates of Crime
  Chapter  4  Where I’m From: Criminal Predators and Their Environments
  Chapter  5  Cyber-related Violence
  Chapter  6  Still Psychopathic After All These Years
  Chapter  7  The Behavioral Genetics of Predatory Criminal Behavior
  Chapter  8  Vigilance, Violence, and Murder in Mateships
  Chapter  9  Early Risk Factors for Young Homicide Offenders and Victims
  Chapter  10  Generality of Deviance and Predation: Crime-Switching and Specialization Patterns in Persistent Sexual Offenders
  Chapter  11  Comparing Women and Men Who Kill
  Chapter  12  Female Sexual Offending
  Chapter  13  Gang Involvement and Predatory Crime
  Chapter  14  The Heterogeneity of Predatory Behaviors in Sexual Homicide
Part  II  Policy and Practice
  Chapter  15  Focused Deterrence Strategies and the Reduction Gang and Group-Involved Violence
  Chapter  16  Arrested Today, Out Tomorrow: Patrol Officers’ Perceptions of a Broken Justice System
  Chapter  17  Sex Offenders on the Internet: Cyber-Struggles for the Protection of Children
  Chapter  18  Prosecuting Criminal Predators
  Chapter  19  Alternative Adjudication Methods for Offenders with Mental Health Problems
  Chapter  20  Violent Offenders: A Perspective on Dynamic Federal Supervision Practices
  Chapter  21  Criminal Predatory Behavior in the Federal Bureau of Prisons
  Chapter  22  Instituitional Misconduct Among Capital Murderers
  Chapter  23  Civil Commitment Laws for Sexual Predators
  Chapter  24  Sex Offender Registries and Criminal Predators
  Chapter  25  Running to Stand Still? Reentry and Violent Offenders

Matt DeLisi, PhD-Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi is coordinator of criminal justice studies, professor in the department of sociology, and faculty affiliate with the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi has published nearly 350 scholarly works and his research interests are juvenile delinquency, criminal careers, psychopathy and psychopathology, molecular and behavioral genetics, inmate behavior, and testing criminological theories. Professor DeLisi is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice and is fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Peter J. Conis, PhD-Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice, Des Moines Area Community College

Peter Conis (Ph.D.) is a retired law enforcement officer with twenty-seven years experience. During his law enforcement career he served as a patrol officer and supervisor, a criminal investigator for the county prosecutor’s office, and as the program director for the S.T.O.P Violence Against Women project at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. During his time at the law enforcement academy, Dr. Conis instructed officers, victim advocates, and medical personnel on investigative procedures and legal aspects of crimes involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. He is currently a professor for Des Moines Area Community College in both sociology and criminal justice.

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