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

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

This newly revised and updated Second Edition prvides a realistic view f why people commit violent crimes and how our criminal justice system, as a whole, responds to these offenders and violent acts.

By Matt DeLisi,

Peter J. Conis,

ISBN: 9780763797904

Retail price: $90.95   $74.95


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.

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

Published:  2012


Pages:  470