Oil, Gas, and Crime: The Dark Side of the Boomtown

This book addresses the causes of rising crime rates resulting from the rapid population growth and industrialization associated with natural resource extraction in rural communities. Ruddell describes the social problems emerging in these boomtowns, including increases in antisocial behavior, as well as property-related and violent crime, industrial mishaps and traffic collisions. Many of the victims of these crimes are already members of vulnerable or marginalized groups, including rural women, Indigenous populations, and young people.

Exploring Criminal Justice in Canada

This book presents the basic information that readers need in order to develop a working knowledge of Canada’s justice system. For many readers, this book will be their only exposure to justice-related studies, and they will finish their introductory class with an increased awareness of crime and of how the police, courts, and correctional systems respond to acts we have defined as crimes. In order to achieve that goal, this book provides a streamlined overview of Canada’s justice system using a “back to basics” approach.

Policing Rural Canada

Policing Rural Canada is designed to introduce readers to the challenges of policing the countryside. Rick Ruddell shifts the focus of policing from the urban to the rural. He describes the efforts and activities of the thousands of individuals working to ensure public safety in the countryside

Do the Crime, Do the Time

The first juvenile court was created in the United States in 1899. Since then, there have always been provisions in juvenile courts for those rare youngsters who would be more appropriately handled by the adult criminal courts. However, use of this provision was rare until the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the practice increased, resulting in many youngsters being tried as adults. Has this approach to juvenile crime worked or not?

Making Sense of Criminal Justice

Rather than providing students with "the answers," Making Sense of Criminal Justice, Second Edition, challenges them to think critically about how the criminal justice system deals with difficult situations--such as the use of force by the police--and offers a framework for lively classroom discussions and debates.

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