Carolina Academic Press has announced the publication of West Virginia’s Criminal Justice System by Kimberly A. DeTardo-Bora, Dhruba J. Bora and Samuel L. Dameron, all professors of criminal justice and criminology at Marshall.
The book is a practical examination of crime, process, and policy responses in the Mountain State. The United States allows each state the freedom to develop individualized criminal justice systems to meet the needs of its citizens and, while there are commonalities among the states, there are also vast differences. According to the publisher’s release, this book gives readers an opportunity to closely evaluate these issues as they are relevant to West Virginia. While the text focuses on the three components of the justice system—law enforcement, courts, and corrections—it also includes chapters on the juvenile justice system as well as victim advocacy and victim services.
Other chapters provide an insight into current crime trends, homeland security, and drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, each chapter features a spotlight issue related to that topic, such as computer crime, police training, juvenile waiver to adult court, elder abuse, and the possible need for the state to adopt an intermediate appellate court. In addition, key terms, critical thinking and review questions, and additional resources are included to allow the reader to further explore and analyze each topic on his or her own.