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Loving You, Thinking of You, Don't Forget to Pray - Letters to My Son in Prison (Hardcover): Jacqueline L Jackson Loving You, Thinking of You, Don't Forget to Pray - Letters to My Son in Prison (Hardcover)
Jacqueline L Jackson; Introduction by Jesse L Jackson 1
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From a mother, role model, and civil rights veteran, an inspiring gift of love to a child in his darkest hour. Jacqueline Jackson promised her son, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., that she would write him every day during his incarceration in federal prison to serve his thirty-month sentence. This book is an inspiring and moving selection of the letters she wrote him. Together, they comprise a powerful act of love-nurturing and ministering to her son's heart, health, and mind and maintaining his essential connection with home. Frank, anecdotal, imbued with faith, and sometimes humorous, they offer intimate details from the family's daily life, along with news of friends and the community and glimpses of such figures as Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and Mayor Marion Barry. They also touch eloquently on issues of social justice, politics, and history, as when Mrs. Jackson recalls growing up in Jim Crow Florida, and they reflect the qualities, instilled by her own mother, that made her a role model for much of her life. Ultimately, these letters offer a blueprint for why we have to support our families not just as they elevate but when they fall. This collection is Mrs. Jackson's contribution to healing during a time when our prisons are full and our communities are suffering. She provides the road map for ensuring that the individuals serving sentences understand that prison is where they are, not who they are and for helping them sustain the courage to keep hope alive.

Exposure - From President to Whistleblower at Olympus (Paperback): Michael Woodford Exposure - From President to Whistleblower at Olympus (Paperback)
Michael Woodford 1
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The bestselling business book of 2012, now in paperback Michael Woodford was a company man. He'd risen through the ranks of giant Japanese firm Olympus to become CEO. But just weeks into the job in Tokyo he came across allegations of enormous fraud. Yet his every attempt at investigation was blocked. Losing his job, facing a cover up and possible threats to his life, Woodford fled the country. Then he did something Olympus didn't expect. He fought back. Risking everything, Woodford went on the offensive. He exposed the crimes at the company's heart, brought down those who tried to silence him - and became a hero. 'Brace yourself. Woodford tells his tale like a thriller' The Times 'A brilliantly gripping book with a great hero at its heart. Has all the hallmarks of a John Grisham novel.... But Exposure is all the more frightening for being true' Evening Standard Born in 1960, Michael Woodford grew up in Liverpool, and after moving to the south of England spent the next 30 years of his professional life working at Olympus. In April 2011 he was appointed President of the Olympus Corporation - the first Western 'salary-man' to rise through the ranks to the top of a Japanese giant. That October he was also made CEO, but only two weeks later was dismissed after querying inexplicable payments approaching $2 billion. Woodford was named Business Person of the Year 2011 by the Sunday Times, the Independent and the Sun, and in 2012 he won the Financial Times ArcelorMittal Award for Boldness in Business. In 2013 he was the winner of the inaugural Contrarian Prize. Woodford is married with two teenage children and lives in London. He now spends his life writing and lecturing on business culture, and the frailties of human nature in the workplace.

Criminal Justice at the Crossroads - Transforming Crime and Punishment (Paperback): William R. Kelly Criminal Justice at the Crossroads - Transforming Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
William R. Kelly
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Over the past forty years, the criminal justice system in the United States has engaged in a very expensive policy failure, attempting to punish its way to public safety, with dismal results. So-called "tough on crime" policies have not only failed to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, and victimization but also created an incredibly inefficient system that routinely fails the public, taxpayers, crime victims, criminal offenders, their families, and their communities. Strategies that focus on behavior change are much more productive and cost effective for reducing crime than punishment, and in this book, William R. Kelly discusses the policy, process, and funding innovations and priorities that the United States needs to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, victimization, and cost. He recommends proactive, evidence-based interventions to address criminogenic behavior; collaborative decision making from a variety of professions and disciplines; and a focus on innovative alternatives to incarceration, such as problem-solving courts and probation. Students, professionals, and policy makers alike will find in this comprehensive text a bracing discussion of how our criminal justice system became broken and the best strategies by which to fix it.

Introduction to Criminal Justice - Practice and Process (Paperback, 3rd ed.): Kenneth J. Peak, Tamara D. Madensen-Herold Introduction to Criminal Justice - Practice and Process (Paperback, 3rd ed.)
Kenneth J. Peak, Tamara D. Madensen-Herold
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American Kingpin - Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web (Paperback): Nick Bilton American Kingpin - Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web (Paperback)
Nick Bilton 1
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom - and almost got away with it. In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. While the federal government were undertaking an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, the Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise. Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself - including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law.

Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases (Hardcover): Daniel Pascoe Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases (Hardcover)
Daniel Pascoe
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All five contemporary practitioners of the death penalty in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)- Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam- have performed executions on a regular basis over the past few decades. NGO Amnesty International currently classifies each of these nations as death penalty 'retentionists'. However, notwithstanding a common willingness to execute, the number of death sentences passed by courts that are reduced to a term of imprisonment, or where the prisoner is released from custody altogether, through grants of clemency by the executive branch of government, varies remarkably among these neighbouring political allies. Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases explores the patterns which explain why some countries in the region award clemency far more often than do others in death penalty cases. Over the period under analysis from 1991 to 2016, the regional outliers were Thailand (with more than 95% of condemned prisoners receiving clemency after exhausting judicial appeals) and Singapore (with fewer than 1% of condemned prisoners receiving clemency). Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam fall at points in between these two extremes. What results is the first research monograph, anywhere in the world, to compare death penalty clemency across national borders using empirical methodology, the latter a systematic collection of clemency data in multiple jurisdictions using archival and 'elite' interview sources. Last Chance for Life is an authoritative resource for legal practitioners, criminal justice policy makers, scholars and activists throughout the ASEAN region and around the retentionist world.

An Introduction to Money Laundering Deterrence (Paperback): Dennis Cox An Introduction to Money Laundering Deterrence (Paperback)
Dennis Cox
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Every criminal act anywhere that involves obtaining money illegally produces funds which need to be laundered. The IMF estimates that 2-5% of global GDP ($590bn and $1.5 trillion) is laundered every year - $590bn is the equivalent of Spain's yearly output. Globally, regulations have come in which affect certain businesses, especially banks and other financial institutions. These businesses have been required to put in place specific arrangements to prevent and detect money laundering and the criminal activity that underlies it. As money launderers have resorted to more sophisticated ways of disguising the source of their funds, so employees have to be ever more aware of what they are dealing with, and how to deal with it. * At present books on money laundering deterrence tend to focus on the detailed regulations and therefore do not provide much in the form of practical advice and guidance. The books also tend to look at money laundering regulation from a single perspective - say that of the UK. * Legislation requires firms to provide all relevant employees with adequate training on that legislation, and to recognise and deal appropriately with transactions where money laundering is suspected. * This book will look at a series of types of money laundering, explain how they are used and what controls, if any, could be used by an institution to protect itself. * What should make a banker suspicious, how would suspicion appear to a court or regulator, and what will the impact be on controls and reputational risk.

Criminal Justice Ethics - Theory and Practice (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Cyndi L. Banks Criminal Justice Ethics - Theory and Practice (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Cyndi L. Banks
R1,793 R1,597 Discovery Miles 15 970 Save R196 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Criminal Justice Ethics, Fourth Edition examines the criminal justice system through an ethical lens by identifying ethical issues in practice and theory, exploring ethical dilemmas, and offering suggestions for resolving ethical issues and dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Bestselling author Cyndi Banks draws readers into a unique discussion of ethical issues by exploring moral dilemmas faced by professionals in the criminal justice system before examining the major theoretical foundations of ethics. This distinct organization allows readers to understand real life ethical issues before grappling with philosophical approaches to the resolution of those issues.

Monster City - Murder, Music, and Mayhem in Nashville's Dark Age (Hardcover): Michael Arntfield Monster City - Murder, Music, and Mayhem in Nashville's Dark Age (Hardcover)
Michael Arntfield
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Civilizing Torture - An American Tradition (Hardcover): W. Fitzhugh Brundage Civilizing Torture - An American Tradition (Hardcover)
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
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Most Americans believe that a civilized state does not resort to torture, and yet, as W. Fitzhugh Brundage reveals in this essential and disturbing study, there is a long American tradition of excusing as well as decrying its use. The pilgrims and merchants who first came to America from Europe professed an intention to create a society free of the barbarism of Old World tyranny and New World savagery. But over the centuries Americans have turned to torture during moments of crisis at home and abroad and have debated its legitimacy in defense of law and order. From the Indian wars to Civil War POW prisons and early penitentiaries, from "the third degree" in police stations and racial lynchings to the War on Terror, U.S. institutions have proven to be far more amenable to torture than the nation's professed commitment to liberty would suggest. Legal and racial inequality fostered many opportunities for state agents to wield excessive power, which they justified as essential for American safety and well-being. Reconciling state violence with the aspirations of Americans for social and political justice is an enduring challenge. By tracing the historical debates about the efficacy of torture and the attempt to adapt it to democratic values, Civilizing Torture reveals the recurring struggle to decide what limits Americans are willing to impose on the power of the state. At a time of escalating rhetoric aimed at cleansing the nation of the undeserving, as well as ongoing military involvement in conflicts around the world, the debate over torture remains a critical and unresolved part of America's tradition.

Snowblind - A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade (Paperback, Main - Canons): Robert Sabbag Snowblind - A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade (Paperback, Main - Canons)
Robert Sabbag; Introduction by Howard Marks 1
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Zachary Swan: world-class smuggler of the finest cocaine, wicked genius, first-class fool. In his brief and brilliant career as a founding father of the trade, Swan serves the world's most elegant clientele by the most inelegant means, always staying just one step ahead. Robert Sabbag's rip-roaring modern classic of reporting follows Zachary from the streets of Bogota to the nightclubs of New York, charting the soaring high and the crashing comedown of a legend.

The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book - Reading Clues at the Crime Scene, Crime Lab and in Court (Paperback): Patricia... The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book - Reading Clues at the Crime Scene, Crime Lab and in Court (Paperback)
Patricia Barnes-Svarney, Thomas E. Svarney
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Criminological Theory: Past to Present - Essential Readings (Paperback, 6th ed.): Francis T. Cullen, Robert Agnew, Pamela Wilcox Criminological Theory: Past to Present - Essential Readings (Paperback, 6th ed.)
Francis T. Cullen, Robert Agnew, Pamela Wilcox
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Violence - The Enduring Problem (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Alexander C. Alvarez, Ronet D. Bachman Violence - The Enduring Problem (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Alexander C. Alvarez, Ronet D. Bachman
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Violence: The Enduring Problem explores a number of different types of both individual and collective violent acts and examines the linkages, behaviors, ideas, perceptions, and justifications that connect these different types of violence. Inspired generally by the fear of the pervasive violence in the world, the text also addresses legislative, social, and political efforts to curb violent behavior. This book differs from many of the books on violence in that it incorporates a broad interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the patterns and correlates of violence using the most up-to-date research and theories and presents them in a style intended to be accessible to a wide audience of readers. 2. In Focus boxes provide personal narratives, case studies and related information to enhance the chapter coverage. 3. Broad coverage addresses legislative, social, and political efforts to curb violent behavior 4. Violence: An Enduring Problem examines both individual and collective forms of violence and, unlike other texts on the subject, illustrates the linkages between these two general types of violent acts. 5. The interdisciplinary approach that draws from a number of different disciplines including criminology and criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, and public health. New To This Edition * Inclusion of new developments in the field of violence studies * Less emphasis on esoteric research and abstract policy studies. * Updated throughout with new data and examples * Increased number of end of chapter questions. * Instructor Resources are new to this edition.

Drug Wars - The terrifying inside story of Britain's drug trade (Hardcover): Neil Woods, J. S. Rafaeli Drug Wars - The terrifying inside story of Britain's drug trade (Hardcover)
Neil Woods, J. S. Rafaeli 1
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TO KNOW THE TRUE STORY BEHIND A WAR, ASK THE PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT IT An observation van is running surveillance on a high-level Bradford gangster. Suddenly the van is surrounded by men in balaclavas and tied shut. Out comes the can of petrol. It is set alight and the two cops inside barely escape with their lives. This incident is never reported. The gangsters clearly have informants inside the police and alerting the public would undermine the force. Everyone shrugs it off - with so much money in the drugs game, corruption is part and parcel of the whole deal From the bestselling author of Good Cop Bad War, Neil Woods, comes the first inside history of Britain's War on Drugs told by those who were there. Calling upon the gripping first-hand accounts from those on both sides of the battle - the cops and the gangsters - as well as Neil Wood's experiences as an undercover drugs detective, Drug Wars will build a complex, authentic and terrifying picture of the reality of the drug war in Britain. Beginning with the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1971, we watch decades of violence, racial tension, organised crime and a monumental increase in addiction unfold. We see the birth of rave music and dance culture, and yet even more tabloid hysteria. And throughout, we look at the huge numbers of civilians that have fallen victim to Britain's war on drugs.

Incarceration and Regime Change - European Prisons during and after the Second World War (Hardcover): Christian G. De Vito,... Incarceration and Regime Change - European Prisons during and after the Second World War (Hardcover)
Christian G. De Vito, Ralf Futselaar, Helen Grevers; Afterword by Jane Caplan
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Political instability is nearly always accompanied by fuller prisons, and this was particularly true during the "long" Second World War, when military mobilization, social disorder, wrenching political changes, and shifting national boundaries swelled the ranks of the imprisoned and broadened the carceral reach of the state. This volume brings together theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich studies of key transitional moments that transformed the scope and nature of European prisons during and after the war. It depicts the complex interactions of both penal and administrative institutions with the men and women who experienced internment, imprisonment, and detention at a time when these categories were in perpetual flux.

Discipline and Punish - The Birth of the Prison (Paperback, Reissue): Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish - The Birth of the Prison (Paperback, Reissue)
Michel Foucault; Translated by Alan Sheridan 1
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In the Middle Ages there were gaols and dungeons, but punishment was for the most part a spectacle. The economic changes and growing popular dissent of the eighteenth century made necessary a more systematic control over the individual members of society, and this in effect meant a change from punishment, which chastised the body, to reform, which touched the soul.

Foucault shows the development of the Western system of prisons, police organizations, administrative and legal hierarchies for social control - and the growth of disciplinary society as a whole. He also reveals that schools, factories, barracks and hospitals all share a common organization, in which it is possible to control the use of an individual's time and space hour by hour.

Zero Zero Zero (Paperback): Roberto Saviano Zero Zero Zero (Paperback)
Roberto Saviano 1
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From the international bestselling auhor of Gomorrah, this searing expose of dirty money and the drug trade reveals how they are at the heart of our lives, our economy, and our world. 'The most important book of the year ... Here it is, laid bare: cartel as corporation, corporation as cartel; cocaine as pure capitalism ... Saviano realises the brutal truth: that to understand narco-traffic is to understand the modern world ... it is revolutionary' Ed Vulliamy, Observer 'A dense, dazzling, dizzying narrative about the terrifying violence of the cocaine trade, but also the vast, unassailable reach of it' Rose George, Independent 'A tremendously gripping work of reportage' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard 'Italy's bravest investigative writer ... must-read nonfiction' GQ 'Impassioned, remarkable' Misha Glenny, Financial Times 'After reading Saviano, it becomes impossible to see Italy, and the global market, in the same way again' The New York Times

Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade - Gender, Race, and Politics (Paperback): Carrie N. Baker Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade - Gender, Race, and Politics (Paperback)
Carrie N. Baker
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Campaigns against prostitution of young people in the United States have surged and ebbed multiple times over the last fifty years. Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics examines how politically and ideologically diverse activists joined together to change perceptions and public policies on youth involvement in the sex trade over time, reframing 'juvenile prostitution' of the 1970s as 'commercial sexual exploitation of children' in the 1990s, and then as 'domestic minor sex trafficking' in the 2000s. Based on organizational archives and interviews with activists, Baker shows that these campaigns were fundamentally shaped by the politics of gender, race and class, and global anti-trafficking campaigns. The author argues that the very frames that have made these movements so successful in achieving new laws and programs for youth have limited their ability to achieve systematic reforms that could decrease youth vulnerability to involvement in the sex trade.

One Long Night - A Global History of Concentration Camps (Paperback): Andrea Pitzer One Long Night - A Global History of Concentration Camps (Paperback)
Andrea Pitzer 1
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For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of "never again." In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions. Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.

Start Here - A Practical Guide to Reducing Incarceration (Hardcover): Greg Berman, Julian Adler Start Here - A Practical Guide to Reducing Incarceration (Hardcover)
Greg Berman, Julian Adler
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In Cold Blood - A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed): Truman... In Cold Blood - A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed)
Truman Capote 1
R336 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R121 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy.

Occupied Territory - Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (Hardcover): Simon Balto Occupied Territory - Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (Hardcover)
Simon Balto
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In July 1919, an explosive race riot forever changed Chicago. For years, black southerners had been leaving the South as part of the Great Migration. Their arrival in Chicago drew the ire and scorn of many local whites, including members of the city's political leadership and police department, who generally sympathized with white Chicagoans and viewed black migrants as a problem population. During Chicago's Red Summer riot, patterns of extraordinary brutality, negligence, and discriminatory policing emerged to shocking effect. Those patterns shifted in subsequent decades, but the overall realities of a racially discriminatory police system persisted. In this history of Chicago from 1919 to the rise and fall of Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s, Simon Balto narrates the evolution of racially repressive policing in black neighborhoods as well as how black citizen-activists challenged that repression. Balto demonstrates that punitive practices by and inadequate protection from the police were central to black Chicagoans' lives long before the late-century ""wars"" on crime and drugs. By exploring the deeper origins of this toxic system, Balto reveals how modern mass incarceration, built upon racialized police practices, emerged as a fully formed machine of profoundly antiblack subjugation.

Inmate Radicalisation and Recruitment in Prisons (Hardcover): Clarke Jones, Raymund E. Narag Inmate Radicalisation and Recruitment in Prisons (Hardcover)
Clarke Jones, Raymund E. Narag
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It is traditionally viewed that vulnerable inmates form captive audiences for violent terrorist offenders who, in turn, are destined to turn prisons into training grounds for militant activities; all the while forming alliances with more hardened criminals to produce an even greater threat. However, there is limited empirical grounding to underpin these assertions. Inmate Radicalisation and Recruitment in Prisons challenges existing perceptions about prison radicalisation. Whilst not downplaying the seriousness of the prison radicalisation threat, it seeks a more balanced interpretation of current discussion. Drawing on original research in the Philippines and case studies from Australia, the US, Canada, Indonesia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, the authors posit an alternative view that suggests that the imprisonment of a terrorist may mark the beginning of physical disengagement and psychological de-radicalisation. Offering evidence-based insights to help determine how best to house terrorist offenders, this volume will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Criminology and Criminal Justice, Terrorism, Prisons, and Organised Crime.

Fraud - An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Paperback): Edward J Balleisen Fraud - An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Paperback)
Edward J Balleisen
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In America, fraud has always been a key feature of business, and the national worship of entrepreneurial freedom complicates the task of distinguishing salesmanship from deceit. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America--and the evolving efforts to combat it--from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. This unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern institutions to protect consumers and investors--from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including corporate accounting scandals and the mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without encouraging a corrosive level of cheating, Fraud reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust.

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