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Hunting for “Dirtbags”
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This ethnographic study, which includes participant observation research and in-depth interviews with police officers in a major California city and a large East Coast city, explores how police officers use their discretionary time on the job--and the consequences. Providing highly textured insights into police discretion, the authors show that America's "tough on crime" approach to justice has too often proved to be a smoke screen for controlling people deemed undesirable, rather than a genuinely effective strategy for reducing crime.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. 1 | The Undiagnosed Problem: Discretionary Proactive Policing
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2 | Setting the Stage: Stonesville and Seaside
  2. pp. 21-48
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  1. 3 | Shaken or Stirred? Choosing Your Policing Style and Level of Proactivity
  2. pp. 49-82
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  1. 4 | Hunting Grounds: And May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
  2. pp. 83-116
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  1. 5 | A Vicious Cycle: Re-Policing the Poor and the Effects of Probation and Parole Status
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. 6 | The Future: Service-Oriented Policing
  2. pp. 135-158
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 169-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-200
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