Race, Class, and Gender Bias of the American Justice System: A Study of California’s “three Strikes” Law

Author: Skiffer, La Tanya E.
Year:2011
Pages:88
ISBN:0-7734-3938-2
978-0-7734-3938-2
Price:99.95
This book critically evaluates the media for manifest and latent content of its rhetoric, particularly, as it pertains to California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” legislation. It offers new insight into the intersection of mass media’s crime coverage and its influence on readers.

Reviews

“…an important study that will be read with interest by a wide audience, and contribute a critical dimension to media and criminology scholarship.” – Prof. Vivian Price, California State University, Dominguez Hills

“…a much needed scholarly insight…should be required reading for scholars of criminal justice.” – Prof. Cathy M. Jackson, Norfolk State University

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface by Dr. Vivian Price
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 - A Case for the Escalating Fear of Victimization
Consequences and Causes
Most Recent Cure-All
Criminal Career Paradigm
Career Criminal
Approaches to Crime Control
Role and Importance of Media, A Compelling Case
Agenda-Setting and the Media
Focus of Research
Chapter 2 - Method and Procedures Sample
Content Analysis
Operational Definitions of Coding Categories
Chapter 3 - Results
Portrayals of the Criminal
Portrayals of the Crime
Portrayals of the Victim
Portrayals of the Cause of Crime
Portrayals of the Outcome
Portrayals Across Time
Portrayals of Criminals
Portrayals of the Crime
Portrayals of Victims
Portrayals of the Cause of the Crime
Portrayals of the Outcome
Summary of Portrayals Across Time
Escalating Public Fear
Tone
Chapter 4 – Findings and Implications
Appendix – Operational Definitions of Coding Categories
References
Index