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Volume 2, Issue 1, June 1999

ISSN 1096-4886 http://www.westerncriminology.org/Western_Criminology_Review.htm
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Preface

Once again, theWestern Criminology Review is a forum for the work of leading researchers from a variety of disciplines. Providing this information to other researchers and the public at large is a phenomenal resource provided by the underwriting of the Western Society of Criminology and Sonoma State University.

A major trend in society today is the decline in crime. In this reproduction of his keynote address, Elliott Currie discusses the disturbing interpretation of the decline in crime by officials. In his usual broad-ranging perspective, Currie situates the crime problem in terms of economy, polity, and related matters.

Joel Donahoe examines how the nature and importance of victim impact evidence has changed over the years alongside the rise of the victims rights movement, the replacement of US Supreme Court justices, and other factors.  

Matthew Robinson looks at student perceptions of a variety of harmful behaviors. He focuses on how criminal justice and business students perceive such offenses and how this relates to undergraduate criminological education.

Barbara Farrell and Joseph Franco take a look at an issue that has not been explored very much in criminology--the role of the auditor in detecting and preventing corporate or business crime in the wake of reforms following the savings and loan scandal.

Marilyn McShane reviews a just-released book by one of the foremost thinkers in the field of sociology, deviance, and criminology, Joel Best,Random Violence: How We Talk About New Crimes and New Victims.

Finally, we include the Proceedings of the 26th annual meetings of the Western Society of Criminology.

I hope that you find this issue of the WCR thought-provoking, timely, and useful.

Patrick Jackson
WCR Editor


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