Victims in the War on Crime
The Use and Abuse of Victims' Rights
By (author) Markus Dirk Dubber
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Victims in the War on Crime by Markus Dirk Dubber
Book DescriptionTwo phenomena have shaped American criminal law for the past thirty years: the war on crime and the victims' rights movement. As incapacitation has replaced rehabilitation as the dominant ideology of punishment, reflecting a shift from an identification with defendants to an identification with victims, the war on crime has victimized offenders and victims alike. What we need instead, Dubber argues, is a system which adequately recognizes both victims and defendants as persons. Victims in the War on Crime is the first book to provide a critical analysis of the role of victims in the criminal justice system as a whole. It also breaks new ground in focusing not only on the victims of crime, but also on those of the war on victimless crime. After first offering an original critique of the American penal system in the age of the crime war, Dubber undertakes an incisive comparative reading of American criminal law and the law of crime victim compensation, culminating in a wide-ranging revision that takes victims seriously, and offenders as well. Dubber here salvages the project of vindicating victims' rights for its own sake, rather than as a weapon in the war against criminals. Uncovering the legitimate core of the victims' rights movement from underneath existing layers of bellicose rhetoric, he demonstrates how victims' rights can help us build a system of American criminal justice after the frenzy of the war on crime has died down.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814719299
(5830mm x 3895mm x 26mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Markus Dirk Dubber
Sense of Justice, Hardback (October 2006)
Offers a critical analysis of the "sense of justice": an overused concept in modern legal and political discourse. This work argues against simple categorization of the sense of justice. It defines the sense of justice in terms of empathy. It also explores the way it is invoked, considered, and used in the American criminal justice system.
Police Power, Paperback (August 2005)» View all books by Markus Dirk Dubber
This timely book is a comprehensive treatise on the constitutional and legal history behind the power of the modern state to police its citizens. Dubber explores the roots of the power to police-the most expansive and least limitable of governmental powers-by focusing on its most obvious and problematic manifestation: criminal law.
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Author Biography - Markus Dirk Dubber
Markus Dirk Dubber is Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. His many books include Victims in the War on Crime: The Use and Abuse of Victims' Rights (NYU Press, 2002).
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