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Each year the New York Times, Library Journal and other publications select the best books of the year. Below are 2020 and 2021 books in the Castleton Library recognized by best books of the year lists.
America on Fire by Elizabeth Hinton
Publication Date: 2021-05-18
Library Journal Best Books 2021.
Hinton offers a critical corrective: the word riot was nothing less than a racist trope applied to events that can only be properly understood as rebellions--explosions of collective resistance to an unequal and violent order.
The Evolution of the Juvenile Court by Barry C. Feld
Winner, 2020 ACJS Outstanding Book Award, given by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A major statement on the juvenile justice system by one of America's leading experts.
The Second Chance Club by Jason Hardy
Library Journal Best Books.
A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book.
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case; Angus Deaton
Publication Date: 2020-03-17
New York Times Notable Book of 2020
From economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for three years in a row--a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year--and they're still rising.
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
Publication Date: 2021-04-13
New York Times 100 Notable Books 2021.
A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.
Exploring and Understanding Careers in Criminal Justice by Sheridan Rainville; Raymond R. Rainville; Matthew J. Sheridan
Publication Date: 2016-01-21
This book explores the criminal justice career landscape by providing a glimpse into the different criminal justice careers and provides advice as to how to prepare to enter those career fields.
A Guide to Study Skills and Careers in Criminal Justice and Public Security by Frank A. Schmalleger; Catherine D. Marcum
Publication Date: 2016-03-18
Criminological Theories Understanding Crime in America by James F. Anderson
Publication Date: 2014-07-08
Designed for undergraduate criminology and criminological theory courses, Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America, Second Edition explores crime, crime theory, and various forms of criminal behavior within the United States.
The New World of Police Accountability by Samuel E. Walker; Carol A. Archbold
Publication Date: 2019-01-22
Samuel Walker and Carol Archbold address the most recent developments and provide an analysis of what works, what reforms are promising, and what has proven unsuccessful. The book's analysis draws on current research, as well as the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The Profession by Bill Bratton; Peter Knobler
Publication Date: 2021-06-08
Evaluating Police Uses of Force by Seth W. Stoughton; Jeffrey J. Noble; Geoffrey P. Alpert
Publication Date: 2021-02-01
Provides a critical understanding and evaluation of police tactics and the use of force.
Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell
Publication Date: 2021-10-05
I Got a Monster by Baynard Woods; Brandon Soderberg
Publication Date: 2020-07-21
The explosive true story of America's most corrupt police unit, the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), which terrorized the city of Baltimore for half a decade.
Charged by Emily Bazelon
Publication Date: 2019-04-09
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A renowned journalist and legal commentator exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis--and charts a way out.
A City Divided by David Harris
Publication Date: 2020-01-10
Tells the story of the case involving 18-year-old Jordan Miles and three Pittsburgh police officers.
Chronicles of a Radical Criminologist by Gregg Barak
Publication Date: 2020-05-15
A first-person account that examines the linkages between one scholar's experiences as a criminologist from the late 1960s to the present and the emergence and evolution of radical criminology as a challenge to developments in mainstream criminology.
Historic Crimes and Justice in Burlington, Vermont by Jeffrey H. Beerworth
Publication Date: 2015-08-17
Burlington Police Department detective Jeff Beerworth explores the nature of crime and justice in the Queen City.
Criminality in Context by Craig Haney
Publication Date: 2020-01-01
In this groundbreaking book that is built on decades of work on the front lines of the criminal justice system, expert psychologist Craig Haney encourages meaningful and lasting reform by changing the public narrative about who commits crime and why.