Reynolds, Mike and
Jones, Bill, with Evans, Dan. Three Strikes and You're Out: - A Promise
to Kimber: The Chronicle of America's Toughest Anti-Crime Law. Fresno:
Quill Drier Books, 1996.
The inside story
of the campaign for "Three Strikes" from the bereaved father who stayed
with the fight and the legislator (and candidate for higher office)
who sponsored the law, with help from the latter's legislative assistant.
Bortnick, Barry. Polly
Klaas: The Murder of America's Child. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1995.
A relatively early
true-crime book on the Klaas kidnapping and murder.
The rights and
roles of crime victims are the subject of many books, among them:
Winters, Paul A.,
ed. America's Victims: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven
Weed, Frank. Certainty
of Justice: Reform in the Crime Victim Movement. Hawthorne, New York:
Aldine de Gruyter, 1995.
Elias, Robert. Victims
Still: The Political Manipulation of Crime Victims. Newbury Park,
CA: Sage Publications, 1993.
There is also a
rich (if polarized) literature on criminal sentencing; within the past
decade, this debate has produced books like:
Currie, Elliott. Crime
and Punishment in America. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1998.
Wilson, James Q. Mitigating
Circumstances: Law, Science, and Personal Responsibility. New York:
Basic Books, 1997.
Bennett, William J.,
Dilulio, John J., Jr., and Walters, John P. Body Count: Moral Poverty
and How to Win America's War Against Crime and Drugs. New York: Simon
& Schuster, 1996.
Donziger, Steven R.,
ed. The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice
Commission. New York: Harper Perennial, 1996.
Tonry, Michael. Malign
Neglect: Race, Crime & Punishment in America. New York: Oxford University
Dilulio, John J.,
Jr. No Escape: The Future of American Corrections. New York: Basic
Morris, Norval and
Tonry, Michael. Between Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments
in a Rational Sentencing System. New York: Oxford University Press,
There are also
a number of useful collections in this area, including:
Karson, Jill, ed.
Criminal Justice: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven
Kender, Suzanne Elizabeth,
ed. Crime in America. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1996.
James, ed. Criminal Justice? The Legal System versus Individual Responsibility.
2nd ed. Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 1995.
Long, Robert Emmet,
ed. Criminal Sentencing. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1995.
Dilulio, John J.,
Jr., ed. Courts, Corrections, and the Constitution: The Impact of Judicial
Intervention on Prisons and Jails. New York: Oxford University Press,
One recent book
zeroes in on media coverage of crime -
Krajicek, David J.
Scooped!: Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze,
and Celebrities. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
while a number
analyze the interaction between the media and politics, for example:
Politics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Press from
Watergate to Whitewater. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.
Cook, Timothy E. Governing
with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Fallows, James. Breaking
the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy. New York: Pantheon,