Leading scholars of crime policy address the most critical problems facing the justice system in America
Criminology and Public Policy
Putting Theory to Work
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Edited by Scott H. Decker and Kevin A. Wright
In the field of criminal justice, public policy is designed to address the problems brought on by criminal behavior and the response to that behavior. However, too often, the theories carefully developed in the academy fail to make their way into programs and policy. The editors and contributors to this second edition of Criminology and Public Policy highlight the recent development of "translational criminology" to address the growing movement in criminology to use the results of criminological research and theory to better inform policy and practice.
Scott H. Decker is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is co-author (with Marie Provine, Monica Varsanyi, and Paul Lewis) of Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines.
Kevin A. Wright is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.