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Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending

Joel A. Dvoskin, Jennifer L. Skeem, Raymond W. Novaco, and Kevin S. Douglas


This book articulates how social science can be applied to inform improvements in correctional policy and practice across the criminal justice system. The chapters reflect an iterative collaboration between leading social scientists and criminal justice practitioners, and they offer practical summaries of empirically grounded guidelines for change. The chapters first provide a foundational overview of crime and incarceration in the U.S. and addresses key contextual factors that contribute to the problem of recidivistic violent crime. Basic principles of behavior modification, social learning, ... More

Keywords: social science, correctional policy, correctional practice, incarceration, violent crime, behavior modifications, social learning, correctional rehabilitation, juvenile offenders, mentally disordered offenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel A. Dvoskin, editor
University of Arizona
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Jennifer L. Skeem, editor
University of California, Irvine
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Raymond W. Novaco, editor
University of California, Irvine
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Part I Defining the Problem: Crime, Incarceration, and Recidivism in the United States

Part II Targeting Contextual Contributors to the Problem

4 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Electronic Media

Muniba Saleem and Craig A. Anderson

5 Public Attitudes and Punitive Policies

Tom R. Tyler and Lindsay E. Rankin

Part III Improving Our Approach to Individual Offenders

8 Putting Science to Work

Susan Turner and Joan Petersilia

9 Reducing Recidivism and Violence Among Offending Youth

Barbara A. Oudekerk and N. Dickon Reppucci

Part IV A Way Forward

13 What If Psychology Redesigned the Criminal Justice System?

Joel A. Dvoskin, Jennifer L. Skeem, Raymond W. Novaco, and Kevin S. Douglas

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