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Discourse on Criminal Justice

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Latest update: July 22, 1999
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Criminal Justice Issues

Community Action: Partnerships Against Violence
NIJ Study on Stalking Report on Incidence of Domestic Abuse
Juvenile Abuse in Incarceration

Criminal Justice Links

Crime, Law, and Related Links on the Web
Sonoma State's Redwood Highway
Good guide to finding stuff.

Tom O'Connor's MegaLinks on Criminal Justice
Great site. Essays on understanding theory, good information, good links.

Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics
Scroll down to Beckett, Katherine on this publication list.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Abstract.
Link added July 19, 1999.

Ben Austin's Sociology Corner
Link added July 13, 1999.

Cecil Greek's Criminal Justice Links
But the spider is as frenetic as our worm.
Great site for complementary reading.
Under re-construction, but what's there is more than enough for you to start.

Canadian Comprehensive Criminology
Formerly Known As Brendon J's Comprehensive Criminological Links

Amerca Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
Links to Reference Sites (1998 file)


Beyond Boundaries:
X International Symposium on Victimology
World Society of Victimology
Link added July 22, 1999.

The November Coalition
Link added here July 22, 1999.

"Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources"
Testimony of Ira Glasser, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union,
Before House Committee, June 16, 1999. Link added June 17, 1999.

Book Sources

National Institute of Justice Study on Stalking

The NIJ has a group of programs on "Violence Against Women" and on Family Violence. Go to National Institute of Justice Site for descriptions.

Go to NIJ Publications to download a copy of "Stalking in America: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey." The file can be downloaded as either ASCII Text File or as Adobe Acrobat File.

Go to National Criminal Justice Database to do a search of abstracts.

This is just a small sample of what is there. Explore!

Community Action: Partnerships Against Violece

This piece is based on a National Istitute of Justice Research in Brief Report on the effectiveness of comprehensive community programs to deal with crime and violence. One of the major principles on which the study is based is that "communities must take a leadership role in developing partnerships to combat crime and that governemtn and private agencies must establish truyly coordinatd and multidisciplinary approaches to doign so."

This report was developed within a traditional criminal justice framework. This site brings a critical approach to discourse to such problems. Although our primary focus must be the prevention of violence on many fronts, we also need to explore the underlying situational factors that give rise to such violence. Many of the sources we address on this site offer means to hear the alternative validity claims. David M. Gordon, in Fat and Mean, John Covaleskie, Alfie Kohn, Joe Feagin, David Kairys, and many of the faculty associated with Virtual Faculty and with Women's Ways of Knowing offer theroetical analyses through which we could approach the problem.

The thread offered for argument here is prevention. Prevention of the anger, frustration, despair that lead to violence. And invitation to discourse. Discourse that will end the silencing of those who feel no hope, discourse that will not only listen in good faith, but will accept the need to reach out and help define the validity claims in ways they are likely to be heard. There is much room for partnering in this aspect of community action for partnerinng. We invite you to share as we develop texts on the steps of creating such discourse.

Copy of the Research in Brief online: Justice Information Center Web Site or NIJ Web Site

New Report of Incidence of Domestic Abuse

L.A. Times Article, p. A3, August 5, 1998: "14% of Women in Emergency Rooms Reported Being Abused in Last Year," by Sarah Yang. There have been may reports of inncreased levels of violence in general. We as a nation are concerned. The L.A.TimesWeb Site tells us that his study was reported in the August 5, 1998 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study reports that "[a]s many as one in three women in the survey reported either physical or emotional abuse in her lifetime--with the rate somewhat higher in California than on the East Coast."

The author notes the importance of the sampling for this study. Most such studies are collected in the emergency rooms of urban teaching hospitals. This study included hospitals in rural and suburbann areas. , one of the journalist's main conclusions is that it is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions about the incidence of domestic abuse "in part because of problems in defininf exactly what constitutes abuse." Interestinngly enough, the article reports no definition, which is particularly important in the case of emotional abuse.

For more information go to The Journal of the American Medical Association. The report is abstracted in the current issue of Jama. But if there was a definition of abuse given in the abstract, I missed it. From the report of science newsgiven, it sounds as though no definition of abuse was given. But the report idetifies the study as having been done by "Stephen R. Dearwater, M.S., of the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences in Pittsburgh".

Domestic abuse is an important issue in understanding the silencing of women, the stres of sub-systems which are essentially operating as auto-poietic non-learning sub-systems, in the sense that David M. Gordon defines those effects in Fat and Mean, and in an approach to restorative justice. This beginning piece will serve as a discussion and the developmet of texts on the issue.

Links to Some Government Sites on Criminal Justice

Links that will guide you through some recent criminal justice government materials:

National Institute of Justice Homepage
NIJ publications (includes stalking report)
Violence Against Women Programs (includes family violence)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database
Cener for Disease Control's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Many links to sites on violence preventon.)

Yahoo Search

SEARCH TIPS: Try criminal justice for starters. Then search for juveniles. That should get you started. Then just explore!

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