Filling in the Gaps
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Recommended as a companion text in lower-level criminal justice and criminology courses, Filling in the Gaps offers a contextual examination of race, sex, culture, and class within the criminal justice system. Going beyond mere understanding of the process of sentencing and punishment, this text allows students to critically assess how experiences of punishment differ for individual within a biased and often prejudicial system.
The text begins with a look at class and culture, followed by examining varying experiences based on gender and race. The last two chapters examine class, culture, gender, and race within the context of corrections and capital punishment. Also included for students is information on careers in law enforcement.
The book also included a number of instructor and student resources to encourage student engagement within both traditional and online class settings, including discussion questions and activities, video links, assessments, and reflections.
Chapter One: Female Offenders
Trends in Women’s Crime
Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko
Women’s Pathways to Crime: Linking Victimization and Criminalization
Leanne Fiftal Alarid and Paul Cromwell
From Victims to Survivors to Offenders
Mary E. Gilfus
Women Who Have Killed Their Children
Susan M. Crimmins
Sandra C. Langley
Henry H. Brownstein
Barry J. Spunt
Living in Prison
Chapter Two: The Race Issue
The Wicked Web We Weave
Justice for All? Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
Addressing Racial Disparities in Incarceration
Prison Population Expands with Changes in Drug Policy
Chapter Three: Class and the Criminal Justice System: The Illusion of Equality
Chapter Four: Corrections
Life Sentences Today
The Sentencing Project
Report of the Sentencing Project to the United Nations Human Rights Committee
The Sentencing Project
Chapter Five: Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment, 2011 – Statistical Tables
Tracy L. Snell, BJS Statistician
Law Enforcement Careers
Filling in the Gaps offers an intriguing glimpse into the United States criminal justice system. It begins with policing and takes you on an excursion from the courtroom to death row.
Not only does it provide concrete facts concerning class, gender, and racial disparities found within our criminal justice system, it also exposes the enormous waste of resources it takes to warehouse and execute those who have, or may not have, broken the law.
Filling in the Gaps will have the honest-hearted questioning the words “Liberty and Justice for All.”
An extraordinary read.
SCC: Department of Corrections
Professor Christopher’s Filling in the Gaps is an astonishing read. It will have you questioning existentialism for modern-day issues within the criminal justice system and provides facts indicative of the subterfuge inherent within the United States correctional system.
This text should be used in classrooms across America from junior high to Universities. Shocking statistics reveal truths that are not only riveting but socially empowering~ a must read.
Colorado Department of Corrections
Finally! A book that paints a painfully accurate picture of the current status of our criminal justice system. Professor Christopher has accurately gathered the horrible truth about a criminal justice system that is praised as the solution to crime and punishment. Much praise to her for having the fortitude to blow the whistle on the shadowy underworld of “the system.”
Thank you for being a voice that represents a population of people who desperately need criminal justice and penal reform.
Inmate, Department of Corrections