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81. Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction
by David J. Icove, John D. DeHaan
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Asin: 0130942057
Catlog: Book (2003-08-25)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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EY BENEFIT: Fire scene reconstruction is based primarily upon physical evidence of burn patterns on the remnants of structures and vehicles. This book details the need to include physical evidence of pre- and post-fire human activities.This resource describes a completely new approach for reconstructing fire scenes that blends the principles of fire protection with forensic and behavioral science. It details: Identifiable fire pattern damage, Human factors, Physical forensic evidence of human activity, and Application of the scientific method based upon relevant scientific principles and research.Appropriate for fire and law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and fire protection professionals. ... Read more


82. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems : A Topical Approach (4th Edition)
by Philip L. Reichel
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Asin: 0131131591
Catlog: Book (2004-04-28)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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4-0 out of 5 stars An International Perspective on Foreign Legal Systems
"Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: a Topical Approach" is a study of a few foreign legal systems with a political approach and an "international perspective". According to the author, Phil L. Reichel, the goal of his book is to extend the reader's knowledge about other countries, their citizens and their cultures but most important to find ways to improve society; not only at a local but at a global level as well.

In this book, Reichel talks about interesting facts about crime and crime rate around the world. For example, crime statistics may not be accurate due to lack of means to report them-small villages away from the city; same legal system encourages law officials not to make reports, political reason. Reichel also talks about substantive law and procedural law in the four legal traditions.

Learning an international perspective on foreign legal systems is also undoubtedly excellent to better understand and to improve the American Justice System. Although the last chapter of this book was so disappointing to me, I still recommend it. ... Read more


83. Forensic Science Handbook, Volume 1 (2nd Edition)
by Richard E. Saferstein, Richard Saferstein
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Asin: 0130910589
Catlog: Book (2001-06-05)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The second in a three-volume series, this popular and widely circulated professional handbook describes the theories and practices of today's criminalistics, and covers a wide range of subject areas relevant to the services rendered by crime laboratories and related facilities.Presents authoritative reviews from recognized forensic criminologists and forensic scientists well-versed in their chosen areas of expertise. Considers a specific examination technique for a wide-range of evidence prevalent in the modern crime laboratory, e.g., DNA, hair, paint, soil, glass, petroleum products, explosives, alcohol in blood and breath, and questioned documents. Describes the theory, operation, and forensic utilization of such modern analytical instruments as mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, high-performance liquid chromatography, and the visible microspectrophotometer. Emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between forensic science and criminal law as it examines the role and conduct of the expert witness, rules of evidence, and the legal requirements governing the admissibility of scientifically evaluated evidence.For professionals in forensic science and criminology. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One for the library
For anyone interested in the scientific side of Forensic science, ie the identification of fibres and bullets and fingerprints by established techniques, this as well as Volumes I and II are excellent reference books. As a student of forensic science, they are great for understanding techniques and for writing those numerous reports. Definitely one for the growing library. ... Read more


84. Chasing Dirty Money: Progress on Anti-Money Laundering
by Peter Reuter, Edwin M. Truman
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Asin: 0881323705
Catlog: Book (2004-11)
Publisher: Institute for International Economics
Sales Rank: 161645
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Originally developed to reduce drug trafficking, national and international efforts to reduce money laundering have broadened over the years to address other crimes, and most recently, terrorism. These efforts now constitute a formidable regime applied to financial institutions and transactions throughout much of the world. Yet few assessments of either the achievements or consequences of this regime have been made. Reuter and Truman (1) explore what is know about the scale and characteristics of money laundering, (2) describe the current anti–money laundering regime, (3) develop a framework for assessing the effectiveness of the regime, and (4) use that framework to assess how well the current system works and make proposals for its improvement. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A discussion of methodologies used to hide revenues
Written by a senior economist and criminology professor along with a former director of the Division of International Finance of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering is a no-nonsense discussion of methodologies used to hide revenues gained from a wide variety of crimes and how to block such assets from being transferred and perpetuated. Chapters clarify laundering mechanisms, from simiply smuggling cash out of the country to using casinos, lotteries, and horse races to lose a little betting but receive clean payoff in issued checks, to taking out single premium insurance policies for which the premium is paid in an upfront lump sum rather than annual installments - then later redeeming these policies at a discount. Further chapters discuss protecting the integrity of financial systems, combating predicate crimes connected to money laundering, confronting such global evils as terrorism and kleptocracy or corruption that rely heavily on money laundering, and much more. A sober, serious-minded resource, an absolute must-read for all economic students and professionals, and an eye-opening revelation for lay readers.
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85. Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Third Edition
by Vernon J. Geberth
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Asin: 0849381568
Catlog: Book (1996-06-11)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 92376
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book is very informative, whether you are an officer, investigator, or just planning to enter the field. The book tells about different types of homicides, and different ways to solve the cases. It has taught me alot of different ways to approach the suspects, and different things to look for in the cases. It has also taught me different ways of investigating cases, and finding out if the cases are actually homicides, accidents, or suicides. It is very helpful for anyone that is thinking of going into the field, or even the people that are already in the field of homicide investigation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Homicide Investigation:Third Edition
This book is a must for any law enforcement professional.It is graphic, with a number of color and black & white photos. It should be used during the "Investigations" section of the police academy. I feel this would give cadets a better understanding of not only homicide investigation, but investigation in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forensic Science Student -AIAS
This book is a must have for anyone involved in law enforcement, forensics, or someone who might just be curious about the detailed workings of homicide investigation.

Some of the pictures are gruesome but reveal an actual crime scene that you can learn from. All pictures have explanations beneath them to give the reader an explanation of what they are seeing.

There's plenty of references and checklists for those involved in this field to make good use of.

This book is fantastic! I've actually read it from cover to cover. Vernon really knows his stuff and obviously done his homework.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Text for Law Enforcement
This book is wonderful for anyone in the criminal justice field. It contains photos and case studies to help students and professionals understand the topics presented in the text. Well recommended by professors and those in death investigative work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still very relative to investigations today
Being in law enforcement and involved in homicide investigations, I have found the contents of this book relevant to modern day homicide investigations. Even though each case presented and some of the techniques used are now outdated, this book overall is a very good source of information on homicide investigations. If you are involved in any aspect of homicide investigation, this book is highly recommended ... Read more


86. Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis, Second Edition
by Harold V. Hall, Joseph G. Poirier
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-28)
Publisher: CRC Press
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NOMINATED FOR THE MANFRED S. GUTTMACHER AWARD BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATIONAlthough advances in clinical/forensic theory and technology continue to elucidate our understanding of deception analysis, the current state of the art is crude in most applications.With new interviewing techniques, psychological tests and instruments, Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis, Second Edition takes the reader far beyond the basic differentiation between malingering versus defensiveness as the two modes of distortion. What's new in this edition? Virtually every chapter has been updated with new studies and investigations from the past decade. The latest information is provided in such areas as post-traumatic stress disorder, amnesia, competency, criminal responsibility, and risk assessment. Several new chapters address not only the development of deceptive behavior in children, adolescents, and the elderly, but even in nonhumans. This authoritative contribution offers the reader specific steps to conduct a meaningful and contemporary deception analysis. Moreover, acknowledging the numerous methods and professions involved, it suggests a framework for integrating data from multiple sources. Nominated for the Guttmacher Award by the American Psychiatric Association, Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis is the single most comprehensive and thorough rendering of distortion analysis to date. ... Read more


87. Crime Classification Manual : A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crimes
by John E.Douglas, Ann W.Burgess, Allen G.Burgess, Robert K.Ressler
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Asin: 0787938858
Catlog: Book (1997-07-25)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 49796
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Leads to an increased understanding of the nature of crimes and the individuals who commit themBased on the primary intent of the criminal, the Crime Classification Manual leads to an increased understanding of the nature of crime and of the individuals who commit such crimes. This is an indispensable reference for anyone whose work brings them into contact with either the offAnder or victim of violent crime.

The Crime Classification Manual:

  • standardizes terminology within the criminal justice field
  • facilitates communication within the criminal justice field and between criminal justice and mental health
  • develops a data base for investigative research

A decade in development, this work forms the basis of contemporary investigative profiling, the highly acclaimed strategy in which crimes are solved by generating a profile of the suspect. This best-selling manual provides law enforcement and mental health professionals access to the same information used by the FBI to coordinate their investigations.

Also available is the Pocket Guide to the Crime Classification Manual, which presents in handy outline form the data in the main volume and serves as a quick in-the-field reference tool.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A BOOK ON HOW TO CLASSIFY A CRIMINAL....
An organized look at crime and criminals of our time. John Douglas and crew deliver an original piece on "classification." Recommended for anyone who is interested in criminal behavior. This book will teach you everything...from gang murders to obsessed rapists/killers. This book is like no other, it is, just what it is titled, "CRIME CLASSIFICATION MANUAL." -Vanissa W. Cha

5-0 out of 5 stars Leading the field of crime classification
Whilst written primarily for the American law enforcement community this book is an excellent read and will provide a highly useful guide to police officers, criminal lawyers and criminologists the world over. John Douglas proves again that he is one of the leaders in the field of behavioral science providing a character type for each of the main crime classes. I recommend that anyone embarking on a degree with emphasis on criminal law or the sociology of crime should read this book.

The primary objective of the work is to allow US police departments to classify serious crimes for analysis purposes. Thus, if you are expecting a "profiling" guide, you will be disappointed. If on the other hand you are content with some insights into patterns of offending and potential distinguishing features, the manual is of value. It contains operational advice to police which I am less competent to judge, although the information on interview methods is limited. Finally don't buy it as a book to plough through - it is definitely for referring rather than reading, and as such should certainly be in all police libraries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Technical, not for light reading
I am studying forensic psychology and this book has been insightful and helpful. I have read everything john douglas has written and this is just perfect, precise, and organized in every way. Bravo!

1-0 out of 5 stars Grade Schoolers trying to Overachieve.
I cannot believe that John Douglas was head of the FBI's BSU until I remember that those FBI folks have absolutely no experience or knowledge of homicide or criminal investigation. The sections on crime scene staging appear to have been written by children. Try throwing in a corrupt exchange between organized crime and a district judge that involves a convenient murder in exchange for the judge's "insider" tips. The FBI has jurisdiction over judicial corruption. However, to create a mole the crime scene staging must be successful. Bet they would blow it! Probably, a rank amature could solve the case though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Too Technical
I think this book is such a wonderful resource. As someone who is in school studying to work in Forensics this was a great book to read. It was not too technical and I would recommend this to anyone in law enforment, anyone who wants to some day work in law enforcement or anyone interested in learning from the masters. ... Read more


88. Multicultural Law Enforcement : Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society (3rd Edition)
by Robert M. Shusta, Deena R. Levine, Herbert Z. Wong, Philip R. Harris
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Asin: 0131133071
Catlog: Book (2004-07-16)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 36943
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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From a diverse team of writers whose expertise spans law enforcement and cross-cultural relations, comes a book with comprehensive coverage of sensitive topics and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism facing police today and in the 21st century.It contains insightful as well as practical information and guidelines on how law enforcement professionals can work effectively with diverse cultural groups, both inside their organizations as well as in the community. Focusing on the cross-cultural and racial contact that police officers and civilian employees have with citizens, victims, suspects, and co-workers from diverse backgrounds, this book contains information on racial profiling, hate crimes, community-based policing, undocumented immigrants and immigrant women, urban dynamics, and gays and lesbians in law enforcement.For law enforcement managers, supervisors, officers, and instructors. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced and Necessary
This book is an important contribution to policing at multiple levels. It discusses ethnic and minority groups in a respectful manner, attempting to avoid stereotypes. It provides the police officer with insight into and strategies for policing a multicultural society. At no point does it even slightly suggest that law enforcement should use culture or race as an excuse to not enforce the law. The introductory chapter provides a framework for understanding the phenomenon of immigration in the U.S., and connects 21st century demographics to the need for the book itself. The authors provide useful information on topics such as community policing, racial profiling, and hate crimes. It is absolutely ridiculous to refer to this book as apologetic or soft on crime. If police officers are not ready for this book, then they should get out of policing. This book is one of the best that I have seen for law enforcement professionals related to the multicultural society.

5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic
Multicultural Law Enforcement by Robert Shusta, et al, provides a realistic and factually-based appraisal of the many social dimensions that today's police officers need to keep in mind when enforcing the law.
Those who see this book as biased are unfairly reacting to the author's discussion of realistic scenarios, and are probably seeking to avoid serious consideration of situations that make them uncomfortable. Rather than denying the potential for bias in police work, this book meets such issues head-on, bringing to awareness the need to deal with complicated social issues in today's multicultural world.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible and Bias
This book is terrible. It lumps all caucasions into the category of "Europeans". It doesn't take into consideration today's influx of former Soviet Union citizens into the U.S. and implies it is easier for 'Europeans' to succeed in America because of their skin color. They also discredit (in semantical terms) the term 'melting pot' since it doesn't occur in the first generation of immigrants. However, they later admit it does occur in 2nd and 3rd generations. In one chapter, the authors state that by educating the officer about various cultures, the officer will use this information in determining whether or not to arrest the subject. How absurd when you consider that in today's era of lawsuits and ever increasing liability, less discreion is being left to the officer and arrests are becoming mandatory; regardless of the person's skin color (i.e. domestic violence). Very bias when it comes to such a touchy subject to begin with. Does not help when attempting to educate law enforcement personnel.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad
This book is bad. Aside from being historically inaccurate in several areas, the authors quote newspaper clippings and "anonymous", uncorroborated, negative citizen comments as fact. The authors "preach" their perspectives and beliefs based on their "theory" of how minorities have been abused or mistreated over generations. Very little, if any, of the information presented as factual is substantiated by historical evidence. Ninty percent of the book is pure speculation, conjecture, and biased opinion against law enforcement. It is a very slanted and liberal writing. I do not recommend it unless you are mandated to read it. For a better perspective on the real world of managing in law enforcement, try Proactive Police Management. It is also a liberal slant of view, but a much more accurate and interesting read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good insight into how police must consider community culture
Authors give insightful ideas on how to police with a variety of different cultures now facing America. The book offers almost a "how-to" for Departments considering a need to implement a more culturally sensitive process for their city. Cultures considered include the obvious African American, Hispanic, Asian, Indian as well as "lifestyle" cultures. ... Read more


89. TheSoul Knows No Bars
by Drew Leder
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Asin: 0742512479
Catlog: Book (2001-04)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Sales Rank: 487300
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"The Soul Knows No Bars is a unique book, co-authored by Drew Leder, and inmates at the Maryland State Penitentiary. Taking off from the texts by Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Buber, Cornel West, and others, the men speak of the impact within their lives of power, violence, sexual and racial identity, incarceration, and the liberation of spirit possible even in a maximum-security cell. Leder's work with inmates has been featured in the Washington Post,Baltimore Sun,Chicago Tribune, and national media. From the forward by Cornel West: [Drew Leder] is a kind of latter-day Socrates who embodies and enacts an intellectual spirituality that critically questions and lovingly serves others in an atmosphere of mutual respect...This book is a timely lifting of the veil on the human doings and sufferings within one of the fastest growing industries in America a prison industry that literally warehouses disproportionately black and brown peoples." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy and Crime meet face to face...
What does one get when they cross a Philosophy Professor with a group of inmates sentenced to life? The answer is, not surprisingly, an incredible, tour-de-force read. I came upon this title, "The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death, and Hope" quite by accident, and what a treasure of a read it is.

Philosophy professor Drew Leder - with quite a life story of hid own - has compiled a rich and varied dialogue between himself and a handful of inmates from the Maryland Penetentiary. How he came to teach a philosophy class inside the prison walls is a story in itself, but it is the discussion and debate that broke forth in the midst of those classes that make this book a jewel.

As Sister Helen Prejean put it, "Put a philosophy professor into a locked room with incarcerated thieves, drug dealers, and murderers, throw in Socrates, Nietzsche, Cornel West and Heidegger - and what do you get? Conversations that knock your socks off. A book you simply can't put down." I'm in agreement with the good Sister.

The book explores the dynamics of power, violence, race, and sexuality, as well as the flights of spirit possible even from a prison cell. The inmates (and Leder) took the texts of some of the greatest philosophical minds known, used those texts as springboards, and reflected on their life experiences.

The average law-abiding citizen will be surprised to hear what these men have drawn out and declared. This book is a rich exploration of our present-day's criminal mind. What got them to where they are, how they came to be of the mind they were when in criminal activity, and where they've come since incarcertaion is a fascinating journey through the soul. The book serves as a clarion call for society at large to re-examine our very fabric of social interaction, governing, and penalizing of our fringe members.

The discussions are enlightening, powerful, and (at times) disturbing.

What struck me most as I read through the words of this book is the incredible waste of intellect and potential - that which has been lost to poverty and drugs is nothing short of heartbreaking.

Though author Leder didn't set out to do this, he has shone the spotlight on the need for prison reform - to salvage and restore broken lives is nothing short of a necessity. Some of the greatest minds of our time could well be locked up behind bars.

This is a tremendous read and I recommend it to anyone who loves to explore life from a philosophical bent (Leder uses phenonmenology most often) and who wants to better understand the criminal mind. And it is for those who continue to hold out hope that reformation is possible even for the most hardened criminal.

Excellent read, from start to finish.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Philosophy of Crime...
What does one get when they cross a Philosophy Professor with a group
of inmates sentenced to life? The answer is, not surprisingly, an
incredible tour-de-force read.I came upon this title, "The Soul
Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death, and Hope" quite by
accident, and what a treasure of a read it is.

Philosophy professor
Drew Leder - himself with quite a life story - has compiled a rich and
varied dialogue between himself and a handful of inmates from the
Maryland Penetentiary. How he came to teach a philosophy class inside
the prison walls is a story in itself, but it is the discussion and
debate that broke forth in the midst of those classes that make this
book a jewel.

As Sister Helen Prejean put it, "Put a
philosophy professor into a locked room with incarcerated thieves,
drug dealers, and murderers, throw in Socrates, Nietzsche, Cornel West
and Heidegger - and what do you get? Conversations that knock your
socks off. A book you simply can't put down." I'm in agreement
with the good Sister.

The book explores the dynamics of power,
violence, race, and sexuality, as well as the flights of spirit
possible even from a prison cell. The inmates (and Leder) took the
texts of some of the greatest philosophical minds known, used those
texts as springboards, and reflected on their life experiences.

The
average law-abiding citizen will be surprised to hear what these men
have drawn out and declared. This book is a rich exploration of our
present-day's criminal mind. What got them to where they are, how they
came to be of the mind they were when in criminal activity, and where
they've come since incarcertaion is a fascinating journey through the
soul. The book serves as a clarion call for society at large to
re-examine our very fabric of social interaction, governing, and
penalizing of our fringe members.

The discussions are enlightening,
powerful, and (at times) disturbing.

What struck me most as I read
through the words of this book is the incredible waste of intellect
and potential - that which has been lost to poverty and drugs is
nothing short of heartbreaking.

Though author Leder didn't set out
to do this, he has shone the spotlight on the need for prison reform -
to salvage and restore broken lives is nothing short of a
necessity. Some of the greatest minds of our time could well be locked
up behind bars.

This is a tremendous read and I recommend it to
anyone who loves to explore life from a philosophical bent (Leder uses
phenonmenology most often) and who wants to better understand the
criminal mind. And it is for those who continue to hold out hope that
reformation is possible even for the most hardened
criminal.

Excellent read, from start to finish.

... Read more


90. I Was a Killer for the Hells Angels : The Story of Serge Quesnal
by PIERRE MARTINEAU
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Asin: 0771054920
Catlog: Book (2003-10-07)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Sales Rank: 48334
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The shocking confession of a five-time murderer

When I arrived at the restaurant, my boss gave me a wad of $20 bills, which amounted to some $2,000. He was acting as though money was burning a hole in his pockets. But this suited me fine. Melou often acted that way. He didn’t want me to run out of money. A happy killer is a productive killer.

When he was fifteen years old, Serge Quesnel started hanging out in strip bars and committing minor thefts and burglaries. He soon became known to the police. He learned more about crime when he served time, first in a detention centre, and then later in the infamous Donnacona federal penitentiary. On his release, he was ready to realize his true ambition, to become a confederate of the Hells Angels.

To achieve this ambition, he set out to prove that he could hurt, maim, and kill people efficiently and without a qualm. His first murder victim was a drug dealer who was giving the local Angels chapter trouble. He and a friend beat the dealer to a pulp and then calmly wiped the crime scene clean of fingerprints. The Angels were impressed. He moved to Trois-Rivières and became a full-time enforcer.

Quesnel, having now “sold out” to the authorities and assumed a new identity, tells his story of violence and betrayal in chilling detail to Quebec journalist, Pierre Martineau. The resulting chronicle is a modern crime classic.
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1-0 out of 5 stars I was a killer for the Hells Angels: The Story of Serge
Not a very good or entertaining book. More of a ramblimg egomaniac's diary. The book did not contain much detail on the events and jumped around way too much. He tries to make himself into a heavy and when it got hot he turned.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I just finished reading this book yesterday. It's a great book, not much detail in regards to the angels, it's just a biography on one of it's members. Good story, very easy read. ... Read more


91. Evaluating Competencies: Forensic Assessments and Instruments (Perspectives in Law & Psychology)
by Thomas Grisso, Randy Borum, John F. Edens, Jennifer Moye, Randy K. Otto
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Asin: 0306473445
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Sales Rank: 243004
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As in its first edition, this book offers a conceptual model for understanding the nature of legal competencies. The model is interpreted to assist mental health professionals in designing and performing assessments for legal competencies defined in criminal and civil law, and to guide research that will improve the practice of evaluations for legal competencies. A special feature is the book's evaluative review of specialized forensic assessment instruments for each of several legal competencies. Three-fourths of the 37 instruments reviewed in the second edition are new and thus were not reviewed in the first edition.

Application of the assessment model and reviews of instruments are provided for six areas of legal competence:

Competence to Stand Trial;
Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel;
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity;
Parenting Capacity - Determination of Child Custody;
Guardianship and Conservatorship; and
Competence to Consent to Treatment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpt of review from Book Reviews
"The first edition of this book was a classic, widely cited both for its analysis of forensic assessment instruments and for Grisso's integrative theory of forensic evaluation. With the second edition, Evaluating Competencies remains a classic. I expect that whenever a forensic psychologist of psychiatrist prepares for an advanced examination in this specialty, this book will-or should-be one of the first books reviewed."
Philip H. Witt, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate
Dept. of Psychiatry

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92. Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Michael G. Maxfield, Earl R. Babbie
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Asin: 0534615600
Catlog: Book (2004-02-19)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Based on Earl Babbie's best-selling text, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, this text combines the key strengths of Babbie's text (accessibility; a conversational, "friendly" writing style; and great examples) with Michael G. Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice for a text that addresses the specific methods used in criminal justice research. The new edition of this market-leader includes changes in its coverage of ethics, causation, validity, and research design, as well as updated coverage and statistics, and expanded examples, especially in the discussion of field research. A running case study on the dropping crime rate in New York Citya study to which co-author Maxfield has close linksfurther demonstrates the important role of research methods in our evolving understanding of crime and society. ... Read more


93. Criminal Procedure : Law and Practice (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Rolando V. del Carmen
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This practical text is a best seller in the field due to del Carmen's succinct and clear writing style, use of engaging pedagogy, and ability to communicate important information without bogging students down with the minutiae. Filled with case briefings, examples, sample police forms, and the most recent Supreme Court rulings, this book is known for its relevance to law enforcement officials and professionals in the field. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Law Enforcement Basic Session Training
As the Training Program Assistant at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, I would like to express that this textbook is a wonderful addition to our facility during the cadet's fifty-two hour Criminal Procedure block of instruction. The attending cadet's have considered these textbooks as their bestfriend during their basic training sessions and have given high reviews. At this time we are currently looking into the possible purchase of the fourth or fifth edition of this textbook for our future basic sessions.

4-0 out of 5 stars criminal procedure
if you can read law tearms this book is very informative i am currently using it to go thru a police academy and it has become my bible ... Read more


94. Corrections in America: An Introduction, 10th Edition
by Harry E. Allen, Clifford E. Simonsen, Edward J. Latessa
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The 10th edition of this book, popular for the last quarter century, continues to explore the cutting edge of the corrections field. Clear, well-designed, and eminently readable, it carefully balances current and past research with practical examples and issues; this book impressively includes dynamic 4-color graphs and photographs that maintain reader interest and ease understanding.It covers the latest hot topics, including incarcerated terrorist offenders, legal issues in imprisoning terrorists, federal legislation to restrict post-conviction conditions as well as conditions of confinement appeals. Other more conventional topics covered are: historical perspectives, the court process, imprisonment alternatives, correctional systems and functions, institutional clients and their rights, reintegration systems, and the future of corrections.For corrections officers, institutional employees, and others in the criminal justice system. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good for a Textbook
I purchased this book, obviously, for a class,and I thought it was actually interesting. I had many texts that literally put me to sleep, but this one is different. It makes you think about the penal system in this country, and introduces issues to make you think about things other than locking up the bad guys and throwing away the key. My husband even wanted to read it when I finished my class!!! Recommend highly!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The first college textbook I actually enjoyed reading!
Wow! What a great and interesting textbook. I think this is the first time I've actually been "current" in the reading required for a college course. I'd like to add that the study guide that you can purchase to accompany this textbook is excellent as well. I'd recommend a course that uses this book to anyone with an interest in criminal justice or corrections.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a book!!
I am using this textbook in a class and it is a whopper. Wonderful pictures, easy to read, clear colors and understandable. I've been working in prisons for 5 years and this book makes a lot of sense. You ought to read their sections on women in prison and on probation. I loved the parts on geriatric prisoners (old cons) and the death penalty. And it is easy to read. More! ... Read more


95. Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-19)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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There is a growing consensus that offender rehabilitation, prison regimes, and the treatment of offenders with special needs must be based on research, methods and experience that are effective, humane and related to individual, organisational, and social considerations. This authoritative, comprehensive and international handbook will fill this need, as a resource for advanced students and professional courses and for researchers and practitioners.

The Handbook provides an up-to-date review of current knowledge and best practice in the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders, in coomunity, prison and secure hospital settings. Major sections cover the rationale and objectives of treatment, risk assessment, the whole range of approaches to treatment (including behavioural/cognitive, family work, reasoning, rehabilitation, and anger management), and the assessment and treatment of various categories of offenders and problems (with detailed chapters that include child abuse, violence, mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders). A final section of the Handbook deals with different types of treatment settings - maximum security hospitals, residential settings, and in the community.

This important volume will be essential for prison and correctional services, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists and mental health nurses working with offenders, and probation and coummunity workers, and also for libraries serving academics and professionals in criminology, law and penal policy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Do something rather than "do nothing"
Although Hollin does not state the intended audience for the Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment, it is clear that the content gravitates toward faculty and students involved in the study of criminal justice. It is an excellent resource for legislators and policy. The book includes 36 short chapters (5 to 10 pages) that provide a comprehensive review and/or analysis of cutting edge issues related to assessment and/or treatment. Although these chapters are short, they are comprehensive.

The various authors in this volume make use of the current literature to identify causal relationships associated with successful treatment. Chapter 19 entitled "Anger Treatment with Offenders" is an excellent example. In addition and perhaps more importantly, we begin to see typology development. For example, in chapter 23 entitled "Adolescent Sexual Offenders," Hudson and Ward begin to identify characteristics of offenders which are critical in predicting successful treatment. An important policy question emerges, "Should we focus on treatment for offenders who have the highest probability of success?" Chapter after chapter provides convincing arguments that intervention is "better than nothing." The question is, "Are these better results worth the expenditure?" Hollin addresses this critical issue as well. Chapter 3 entitled, "To treat or not to treat? A financial perspective" by Cohen offers a decision-making model. The major strength of this book is that little is left out or forgotten.

Three additional patterns within this volume merit discussion. First, and most obvious, the authors consistently lament the lack of research. Although they do not offer an explanation, the reason is unmistakable. The arrogance of the 1970's reduced funding for such research. I suspect that if Martinson's paper had been given less credence, criminal justice intervention would be much more advanced.

Second, in terms of intervention, we see the concept of "thinking patterns." In virtually all types of offenses, there exists a need for intervention to induce changes in the manner in which offenders conceptualize their world. There are, of course, many exceptions to this, but the focus of therapy needs to be placed on thinking patterns of the offender. More research needs to focus on strategies of such patterns.

Third, nearly every author contends that a professional with experience must perform assessment and intervention. Although their plea makes sense, one problem is that not one single author operationalized the "experience" required. This point is the only frustrating aspect of the entire book. What type of experience and how much experience are needed? What kind of educational foundation is required to make the experience useful? Where can these experienced professionals be found? In providing an assessment, one must have insight into the reliability and validity of psychometric instruments employed for making decisions regarding the rehabilitation strategies for offenders. How much knowledge and experience are required? No author addresses these critical issues.

"Comprehensive" is the single best word to describe this fine monograph. However, as I read I found myself seeking out two treatment concepts that were never addressed. First, we see a plethora of research on the negative influences and consequences of watching television. It would be interesting to learn if constantly watching films with positive moral themes would have a significant rehabilitative effect on inmates. If such research has been completed, Hollin did not report it. Second, with the recent notoriety of Hong Kong's judicial caning and Hollin's wish to be comprehensive, it is surprising that no author addressed the recidivism effects of caning. Data from the Internet suggest that caning is abhorrent, but little to no research has be completed on the behavioral consequences of it. We simply do not know the social consequences of caning. With the international list of authors, it is surprising that no one addressed this issue.

A minor flaw in this book is that it ends abruptly. Hollin did not include a summary or conclusions chapter. Such a chapter would have been helpful, but this lack does not detract from the overall quality of this impressive work. In general, Hollin provides a most comprehensive volume. Every institution of higher education that offer degrees in law, criminal justice, social work, policy and rehabilitation should adopt this excellent monograph. ... Read more


96. Forensic DNA Typing: Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers
by John M. Butler
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Clearly, an outstanding piece of work!
While Dr. Butler's book on DNA typing is clearly based on experience and profound understanding of the subject, I was most impressed with the readability. I was thrilled to find principles illustrated by examples from current events! Students of science will find this book refreshing. Well written (and edited)!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Breakthrough in Forensics This Year! - A Must Have Book!
Dr. Butler takes a very complex subject and makes it easy enough for the novice to understand, yet is comprehensive enough for the professional research analyst. It is full of excellent research and observations on one of the most exciting and innovative technologies in DNA research that has been discovered in recent years. This book, without a doubt, will stand the test of time as being the authoritative reference on DNA forensic research. This book is packed with research and information that will enlighten you to the technological breakthroughs that are being made in forensic science. I have heard Dr. Butler speak and read several of his papers. He is without question the expert in DNA analysis with STR markers and this book has the distinction of being the best book ever written on the subject. Get this book, study it and find out why STR markers are the groundbreaking method for DNA analysis. If you are in any way involved with DNA research, you will find this book a desktop reference you will turn to again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous work!
This book has opened my eyes to the vast world of DNA analysis. It is an invaluable resource to those who want to understand how criminal justice will advance into the new millennium. Butler's text will be the keystone of DNA analysis in the future. I look forward to revised editions as new things arise.

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 stars is more like it . . .
Rarely are such complex subjects treated so well. Dr. Butler does a fabulous job of building the foundation behind STR Markers. This is the best a MUST READ if you're in any way involved in Forensics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Learning Reference
This is the best document I have yet seen that teaches the fundamentals of STR analysis. It also has the most up-to-date information about the latest available technology for STR analysis. It is well written, complete and concise, very easy to read, and even has practical anecdotes. A must have for anyone teaching or learning STR analysis. ... Read more


97. Defending the Homeland : Domestic Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Security (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series.)
by Jonathan R. White
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-02)
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The United States government is reorganizing to increase domestic security. How will these changes impact the American criminal justice system? DEFENDING THE HOMELAND: DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND SECURITY is the only book that illustrates up-to-the minute information on how our criminal justice system has changed since 9/11. Written by an expert on academic leave to provide training for the Department of Defense, White provides an insider's look at issues related to restructuring of federal law enforcement and recent policy challenges. The book discusses the problem of bureaucracy, interaction between the law enforcement and intelligence communities, civil liberties, and theories of war and police work. From a practical perspective, the book examines offensive and defensive strategies. The book gives an introduction to violent international religious terrorism and an overview of domestic terrorist problems still facing law enforcement. ... Read more


98. The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956
by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
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Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.

Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims -- men, women, and children -- we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the "welcome" that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fills in the historical blanks left from public education
Gulag provided for me a powerful and shocking history lesson I had never been taught in high school or college. So much has been taught on Hitler, but barely anything of substance on Soviet Communism. After reading this book, you'll understand the reasons for the so-called paranoia of McCarthyism. Ronald Reagan had it right when he called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." I found this book so compelling, though heart wrenching, that I went on to read "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" as well as a recent biography on Solzhenitsyn by D. M. Thomas called "Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life." I have come to the conclusion that nobody but a man like Solzhenitsyn could ever have written Gulag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Someone has to tell the truth
This is probably as significant a book as has been published in the 20th century. Not because it changed the course of history or influenced a huge number of people. It did neither of these things. The history it deals with was already long passed and its size and severity kept it from being read by a mass audience. Still, it is significant because it tells a story that otherwise could not have been told. The full extent of what happened during the half century of Soviet rule to millions of Soviet citizens is the focus of this book and Solzhenitsyn's narrative, often numbing in the regularity of repeated cycles of arrests, 'trials', and imprisonment, seems to be his effort at repaying those who perished - at insuring that they are remembered and that those who subjected them to lives of torture are remembered for what they did.

Solzhenitsyn is a true hero of the 20th century. A military officer of the Soviet Union during WWII, he was imprisoned for writing a letter that included a joke about Stalin. During his time in prison he met numerous others who had been in different camps - different places and different types - and started piecing together in his mind the full scale of the vast Gulag enterprise which eventually consumed more of his contrymen than the total count of those of all countries who died in WWII. That the size and scope of this mass internment was kept virtually a secret to most of the world (and to most Russians)for so long is only part of the horror to which Solzhenitzyn is responding.

From his first book, A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovitch, a small volumn about a single day in the life of a typical Gulag prisoner - smuggled out of Russia and published in the West - he has devoted his life to various tellings of his country's recent history. Most of it to do with the Gulag. This isn't pleasant stuff. It isn't tight fiction like Darkness At Noon. This is the real stuff with no prettifying. He feels that someone had to tell the truth. We owe it to him to listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Work of Non-Fiction
This is an amazing book. It is long, but well written, despite the translation. It shows the pattern of injustices and tortures to the point of the reader's acceptance and perhaps understanding. For those of us who have never experienced such, it is a peak at something that seems important to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
Review by Mike, Age 13

Solzhenitsyn does an excellent job of retelling the story of the atrocities of the Soviet Union. The Gulag Archipelago is a disturbing account of what happened inside the Gulag prisons. This is an account about the things hidden from the public and the things the Marxists wanted to keep hidden. And how he gave a first person account of prison life, well that was just amazing! His vivid descriptions about the kinds of arrests that took place I thought was very interesting and an amazing brainchild of a distorted Soviet Union!

How Stalin could turn an innocent gesture of two long lost friends being reunited into an arrest is beyond me. The Gulag Archipelago is an excellent book that unveiled an entirely new side of the Soviet Union and its perverted system of justice. It's a great book for historians and World War II buffs, or even if you are trying to find out more about the Soviet Union. The Gulag Archipelago is quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read! I would recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the Soviet Union. (Content will be confusing for younger readers.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy smoke!
After I read this book I bought a rifle! ... Read more


99. An Introduction to the International Criminal Court
by William A. Schabas
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-25)
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The International Criminal Court ushers in a new era in the protection of human rights. The ICC will prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when national justice systems are either unwilling or unable to do so themselves. Schabas reviews the history of international criminal prosecution, the drafting of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the principles of its operation, including the scope of its jurisdiction and the procedural regime. This revised edition considers the court's start-up preparations, including election of judges and prosecutor. It also addresses the difficulties created by US opposition, and analyses the various measures taken by Washington to obstruct the Court. Three of the Court's fundamental documents - the 1998 Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the Elements of Crimes - are reproduced in the Appendix. Indispensable for students and practitioners. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
For this reviewer, who is definitely not a legal expert, this book was read with the goal of understanding to what extent pre-emptive wars can be viewed as `legal', to discover the reasons why the United States chose to withdraw its participation in the International Criminal Court, and to gain basic knowledge on the tenets and origins of international law in order to find out if indeed the current conflict in Iraq could be viewed as a `war crime' or some other severe violation of international law. Before reading this book, this reviewer was very unknowledgeable about legal concepts and reasoning in the context of international law, and had the opinion that international legal agreements were very fragile and tenuous. This view did not really change after reading the book, but its perusal did offer a few surprises and was thought provoking to a large degree. Like most legal treatises, this book suffers from the typical `tyranny of the footnote' that accompanies legal or history books. This minor annoyance that causes the flow of the reading to be disrupted is perhaps compensated by the need for the reader to know that the sources are available and that they can be checked if necessary.

Readers who are not legal experts will no doubt think of the Nuremberg trials as being the best representative of what an international court can accomplish given the jurisdiction. Their biases in this regard are in fact true as is brought out many times in the book, particularly in the discussion on genocide and `crimes against humanity', which the Nuremberg trails were set up to deal with after the second world war. The word `genocide' apparently originated with Raphael Lewkin in 1944. Lewkin wanted to make sure that crimes against groups were prosecuted. It was later adopted in 1946 by the Nuremberg prosecutors and declared an `international crime' by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Genocide was to be distinguished from `crimes against humanity' since the latter was only to hold in the context of an international armed conflict. The author argues that the distinction is not really significant today, with `crimes against humanity' now referring to atrocities committed in wartime and in peacetime. However, genocide is to be distinguished from `crimes against humanity' and `war crimes' in that it must be committed with the `intent' of destroying a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. It is this `special intent' the author argues, that makes genocide different from the other two crimes.

According to the author, the designation of an activity as a `war crime' began with the 1907 Hague Convention IV and was refined in the 1919 Commission on Responsibilities. From then on says the author, "there is little argument about the existence of war crimes under international law." The Nuremberg charter listed as a war crime the murder or ill treatment of prisoners of war, the killing of hostages, the wanton destruction of cities, villages, or towns, and devastation not justified by military necessity, among other activities. In reference to this, it would seem that the war in Iraq should be labeled as a war crime given that some of the activities to date in this war do satisfy these criteria. In addition, the fire bombing of Tokyo and Dresden, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki could be classified as war crimes according to the Nuremberg charter.

Of all the characteristics of the International Criminal Court, its jurisdiction is the most problematic. Its creators were very ambitious in their goals, for it was to have the most general scope and application of any international body to date. The author emphasizes that its creation rests on the voluntary participation of countries that decide to be subject to its jurisdiction. The ICC though has a narrower jurisdiction than the individual countries that participate in it. The drafters were careful to grant the individual countries the first crack at the prosecution of certain crimes. If the domestic justice system is `unwilling' or `unable' to prosecute then the ICC can take over. The author refers to this as `admissibility' in the book, which is to be distinguished from jurisdiction. Jurisdiction refers to the `situation' in which a crime has been committed, whereas `admissibility' refers to the proper identification of a `case' that can be taken up by the ICC. The jurisdiction of the ICC though can be prevented by the UN Security Council, this being called `deferral' by the author, and was put in so that the ICC would not be able to act effectively as no veto on issues brought to the Security Council.

When reading the book one is struck by the extreme fragility of international law and the difficulties needed to enforce it. The author describes the statutes of the Nuremberg, Tokyo, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda tribunals as being "very thin" when viewed in the context of criminal law. These tribunals allowed the judges much discretion, but the ICC under the Rome statute attempted to limit judicial discretion to a very large degree. The ICC was to draw on many sources of legal doctrine in order to define the general principles upon which it was to operate. As examples, the author quotes Romano-Germanic and Sharia forms of penal justice, reflecting of course the international character of the ICC, and the diversity of the states that elect to be under its jurisdiction.

In the opinion of this reviewer, the best feature of the International Criminal Court is its insistence on trying and punishing individuals, and not states, or other "abstract entities" like corporations (although corporate liability was debated considerably by the delegates according to the author). Commanders who order their subordinates to carry out war crimes or do not act to prevent them are particularly culpable. Without such an international legal body, disputes or grievances between states will be settled by the use of military power. The victor will have no one to answer to, regardless of the heinous acts it committed to win.

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice historical introduction
I haveattended author's lectures at Strasbourg. This book is a nice historical introduction about the ICC. I guess after the court is established and the Judges settle down on their chairs and volumes of case laws come out in Report form -- till then this book is a must read for everyone interested in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore Bush, Read This Book
Schabas succeeds fully in introducing the reader to the main features of the new International Criminal Court (ICC). His book is a model of legal exposition. He writes clearly, situates the ICC within the history of international law, relates the substantive law of the ICC to the jurisprudence of the Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals, and has interesting comments on the negotiating history that led to the ICC. After finishing Schabas' book, I was struck most of all by the care and thought that went into the design of the ICC, which conforms to the main lines of international law as the law has developed since 1945. The ICC is the world's best hope for bringing war criminals, human rights violators, and genocidalists to justice. It is a disgrace that the U.S. has tried to smother it in the cradle.(I am a U.S. State Department official.) ... Read more


100. Profiling Violent Crimes: An Investigative Tool
by Ronald M. Holmes, Stephen T. Holmes
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The Third Edition of this bestseller is a thorough revision, which is a very important feature in this fast-moving field. New chapters cover criminal behavior theories and psychological profiling; autoerotic deaths, and occult crimes, plus two new chapters detailing infamous unsolved crimes/criminals: Jack the Ripper and the Jon Benet Ramsay case. The authors continuing research and activities in the field result in a multitude of new case studies for this book, often included as boxed inserts.

This is a textbook that is a vital resource for students in criminology and criminal justice, or as a tool for criminal justice professionals and researchers. Profiling Violent Crimes, Third Edition contributes significantly to the knowledge about violent personalities and behaviors.  

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1-0 out of 5 stars did we read the same book
I am in serious disagreement with all other reviewers of this book. This is not serious research but a rehash of some well known facts and many fallacious stereotypes. It panders to naive voyeur types, and I find it appalling that this book serves as a text to teach students and a reference for law enforcement professionals. What legitimate, scholarly purpose is served, for example, by reprinting the entire autopsy report of poor, little
JonBenet Ramsey?

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I intitially had my doubts when I bought this book a few years ago....but I must say it has been very handy when researching cases...it gives an intriguing insite of the "whys?" we sometimes ask ourselves for conclusion profilers make.

Although I am a strong beleiver that profiling is not a science, it does give some interesting patterns that you will see repeat themselves throught some crime cases.

Highly Recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good intro, but that's it
Gives a broad overview of profiling, no specifics.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've taken 2 classes w/ Dr. Holmes @ the Univ. of Louisville
Sex crimes and profiling violet crimes, and he knows his stuff! These books were books we read for these classes and they are definately full of information and presented in a way as not to scare off the reader. If you ever get a chance to meet or take a lecture with Dr. Holmes I highly recommend you do! The next best thing is his books that are very informative for those in the forensics or law enforcement field.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone interested in profiling.
A must-read for anyone interested in the world of profiling. It covers a broad range of material including profiling in general, crime scene analysis and profiling of serial murder, arson, rape, pedophilia and victims. It has a good chapter on geographic analyses and predatory criminals.

While not a research publication itself, almost all material presented is linked by citation to a publication in its References section. It has a fair-to-good index. In my reading, this book is referenced by more publications on profiling and on serial killers than any other book. ... Read more


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