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Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Global and Local Perspectives

Author(s): Shahid M. Shahidullah, PhD, Elizabeth City State University -University of North Carolina
  • ISBN-13: 9781449604257
  • Paperback    554 pages      © 2014
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Written for students of criminal justice, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: Global and Local Perspectives examines the nature of crime and justice in varying countries and cultures in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Using a topical approach, it compares different systems of crime and justice in terms of their differences from, and similarities to, the laws and institutions of modern criminal justice, focusing on the United States as a standard of comparison. By examining different criminal justice systems in terms of their local peculiarities and understanding their change and continuity, readers will gain a well-rounded international perspective of the world's varying systems of criminal justice.

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  • Explores the rise of modern criminology and the criminal justice system in the nineteenth century, focusing on the United States as a standard of comparison.
  • Employs a topical approach to examine the criminal justice systems in varying countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, including comparative views on law enforcement, judicial systems, sentencing, criminal law, and due process of law.
  • Examines the nature of Islamic Criminal Justice and its practice in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan. Explores the possibilities of conflicts and convergences between modern and Islamic systems of criminal justice.
  • Discusses new global crimes and their impact on modern and traditional criminal justice systems, including human smuggling, global sex trade, global illegal drug trade, illegal trafficking of conventional military weapons, money laundering, cybercrime, and global terrorism.
  • Discussion questions ensure that student's grasp the core theoretical concepts.
  • Instructor resources include a Test Bank and PowerPoint Lecture Outlines.
Part  I  Comparative Criminal Justice: Theory, Methods, and Benchmarks of Comparison
  Chapter  1  Comparative Criminal Justice: Nature, Scope, and Research Traditions
  Chapter  2  Comparative Criminal Justice: Theoretical Perspectives
  Chapter  3  Comparative Criminal Justice: Methodological Perspectives
  Chapter  4  Profile of Modern Criminal Justice: The Benchmarks of Comparison
Part  II  Competing Models of Criminal Justice: Profiles of Criminal Justice Across the World’s Societies
  Chapter  5  Modern Systems of Criminal Justice in the West: North America and the Countries of the European Union
  Chapter  6  Emerging Trends in Law and Sentencing in Modern Criminal Justice Systems: USA, UK, Canada, and Australia
  Chapter  7  Modernizing Systems of Criminal Justice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America: The First Wave of Modernization
  Chapter  8  Modernizing Systems of Criminal Justice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America: The Second Wave of Modernization
  Chapter  9  The Traditional Systems of Criminal Justice: Islamic Jurisprudence and Shari’a Law
  Chapter  10  Islamic Jurisprudence, Shari’a Law, and Criminal Justice in Saudi Arabia and Iran
  Chapter  11  Hybrid Systems of Criminal Justice: The Case of the People’s Republic of China
  Chapter  12  Hybrid Systems of Criminal Justice: The Case of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Shahid M. Shahidullah, PhD-Elizabeth City State University -University of North Carolina

Shahid M. Shahidullah, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Criminal Justice Program of the Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work,  Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, USA. Before joining Elizabeth City State University- one of the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina System- Dr. Shahid taught at St. John’s University in New York, Virginia State University, and Christopher Newport University in Virginia.   He received his M.P.I.A. (Master in Public and International Affairs) and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. His major research interests include Crime Policy in America, Comparative Criminal Justice, Transnational Organized Crime, Global Terrorism, and Criminal Justice System in South Asia.

Westview Press published Dr. Shahid’s first book “Capacity Building in Science and Technology in the Third World” in 1991. His book on “Globalization and the Evolving World Society” (with P.K. Nandi) was published in 1998 by E. J. Brill of the Netherlands. American University Press published his book on “Crime Policy in America: Laws Institutions, and Programs” in 2008. He has also authored and coauthored numerous articles and they were published in such journals as Global Crime, Criminal Law Bulletin, Violence and Aggression, Future Research Quarterly, Knowledge-Creation, Diffusion, and Utilization, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, International Journal of Knowledge Transfer, Journal of Developing Societies, and Virginia Social Science Journal. Dr. Shahid has worked as a member of the Editorial Board of Victims and Offenders: International Journal of Evidence-Based Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Developing Societies published by E. J. Brill of the Netherlands. He was the President of Virginia Social Science Association in 2008-2009. Dr. Shahid lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Sufia B. Shahid, MD, and daughter, Ashley Shahid.

  • [The] book is timely, insightful, and broad in coverage. It covers the nature, theories, and methods of comparative criminal justice. The author presents a complete analysis of traditional systems, developing systems, modern systems and hybrid systems. He succeeds in making a complex body of knowledge understandable and compelling. It is a composite of crime and justice, historical to present, with complete coverage of world-wide systems. Shahidullah’s book is a comprehensive, meticulously researched, scholarly yet exceptionally readable, major contribution to all students who are interested in being the problem solvers of tomorrow when they become planners, researchers and decision-makers in a world of increasingly interrelated crime problems. It should be mandatory reading for all students of comparative criminal justice. Comparative criminal justice students need to traverse the globe in order to understand the crimes and reactions to crimes of worldwide cultures. The path could begin with this major work. It will be warmly welcomed in undergraduate curricula.

    -Professor Freda Adler, Ph.D., Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
    Past President, American Society of Criminology (1995)

  • This is a very important book in the field of comparative criminal justice. Dr. Shahid M. Shahidullah skillfully places the extensive literature on the subject into a comprehensive framework, proposes new insights on the field, and sets the stage for the further development of research. The scholarly contribution here is significant, and the book is highly recommended for all scholars both within and outside the field. The structure of the book also makes it an excellent text for courses in comparative criminal justice.

    -Jianhong Liu, Ph.D., President, Asian Criminological Society, and
    Editor-in-Chief , Asian Journal of Criminology

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