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Samuel Walker’s Criminal Justice Books

The New World of Police Accountability, 2nd ed. Co-authored with Carol Archbold (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2014)

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The New World of Police Accountability is completely rewritten and updated version of the first edition. Carol Archbold is now a co-author, bringing her expertise in risk management and other subject. This new edition continues to examine the most important recent developments in this always changing field. The book argues that a set of “best practices” has emerged, that includes (1) state of the art use of force policies, (2) an early intervention system, and (3) a customer-friendly citizen complaint system. These best practices are incorporated in Justice Department Consent Decrees over the Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and other police departments.

The new edition organizes the various aspects of accountability around a PTSR framework: policy, training, supervision, and review. The book argues that all four of these elements must be addressed to achieve a full and self-sustaining accountability in a law enforcement agency.

The New World of Police Accountability

Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight
(Belmont: Wadsworth, 2001)

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Police Accountability is the best single resource on citizen oversight of the police (or what some people call civilian review). It devotes an entire chapter to the history of citizen oversight, and then examines in detail the two basic models of oversight: citizen review of complaints model and the police auditor model. The book examines the pros and cons on citizen oversight itself, and then on the two models of oversight.

Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight

Samuel Walker and Charles M. Katz, The Police in America: An Introduction, 9th edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017)

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The Police in America has been the best-selling text book on the police since it was first published in 1983. Now in its 9th edition, it provides a comprehensive, critical picture of all the issues related to policing in America. It has specific chapters on police crime-fighting strategies, police-community relations, police discretion, and other important topics.

The Police in America: An Introduction

Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Community: A Policy Guide, 8th edition (2015)

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Sense and Nonsene presents a critical review of crime control strategies. The central argument is that most popular policies are “nonsense” because they rest of faith rather than facts. Rigorously nonpartisan, Sense and Nonsense is critical of both liberal and conservative policy recommendations. Currently in its 8th edition, is has been steadily revised and updated to keep pace with new developments.

Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities

Samuel Walker, Cassia Spohn, and Miriam DeLone, The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America, 6th edition (2017)

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Currently in its 6th edition, The Color of Justice is the most comprehensive review of all the controversial issues surrounding race, ethnicity, and crime in America. The book covers criminal behavior, policing, criminal courts, and corrections. It is widely used in criminal justice and sociology courses across the county.

The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America

Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998)

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In print since 1980, Popular Justice remains the best history of American criminal justice, from the colonial period up through today.

Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice

Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)

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Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990

Samuel Walker’s Civil Liberties Books & More

Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

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Presidents and Civil Liberties is a history of how American presidents have handled civil liberties issues. The book begins with Woodrow Wilson’s suppression of dissent during World War I and ends with George W. Bush’s abuses in the war on terrorism, with some concluding observations about Barack Obama. For each president, the book covers the full range of civil liberties issues: freedom of speech and press; religious liberty; due process of law; equal protection, including racial justice, women’s rights, lesbian and gay rights; privacy, including abortion and government data banks and surveillance; and all the issues related to national security. It will be the only comparative study of all 17 presidents from Wilson through Obama.

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In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU, 2nd ed. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000)

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Reviews: “This book is more than a compelling history of the ACLU. It is the fascinating story of America’s most exciting legal struggles and of rights reviled in one era and vindicated in the next.” —Eleanor Holmes Norton“[A] marvelous history of the ACLU. It made me relive some of my past life and taught me things I had either forgotten or never knew.” —William Kunstler“[A] fusion of masterful scholarship with libertarian thinking. An indispensable access to the very essence of American ethos.”—Jerzy Kosinski“The story is so dramatic it sometimes tells itself.”—

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Hate Speech: The History of an American Controversy (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994)

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Reviews: An original contribution to the literature not just of hate speech but of modern First Amendment issues generally. . . . This is a fine piece of work; it deserves wide attention.”—Kermit L. Hall, editor of The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United StatesAwards:Winner, 1995 Gustavus Myers Book Award. Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry & Human Rights.

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The Rights Revolution: Rights and Community in Modern America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998)

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Today in Civil Liberties History
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He also developed and maintains a web site, Today in Civil Liberties History, with short descriptions of civil liberties events for each day of the year (look up your birthday!).

Today in Civil Liberties History