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Friel/Ward Contribute
To Criminal Justice Series

Charles Friel Two faculty members in the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice have contributed to a new four volume series--"Criminal Justice 2000,"--published by the National Institute of Justice.

Richard Ward Professor Charles M. Friel, right, a former dean and director of the SHSU criminal justice program, edited one of the four volumes. Richard H. Ward, dean of the college, contributed a chapter on the internationalization of crime.

Julie E. Samuels, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, said the series was published not only to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the institute but also to benchmark the beginning of the new millennium. She described the series as a comprehensive and scholarly examination of the current state of criminal justice in the United States.

The four volumes include scholarly contributions on the nature of crime, boundary changes in criminal justice organizations, criminal justice decision making, and measurement and analysis of crime.

The volume edited by Friel examines the historical boundary changes in the justice system over the past century including the evolution of American policing, the changing nature of corrections, the evolution of and challenges to the juvenile court, the changing response to domestic violence, and the internationalization of crime.

This latter chapter, contributed by Ward, presents a sweeping panorama of the escalating problem of international crime and its effects on all levels of American society. Included in Ward's chapter is a discussion of international crimes ranging from computer hacking and cybercrime to narcoterrorism, sale of stolen body parts, internet crime, exploitation of women, children and migrant labor, money laundering, and transnational fraud.

In the preface to these volumes Samuels writes: "We hope that the essays contained in these four volumes will stimulate thought and discussion among policy makers, practitioners, and scientists in the coming years and shape future research endeavors."

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Aug. 3, 2000
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