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Loyola criminal justice professor and graduate publish book on crime after disasters

March 5, 2010

Dee Wood Harper

Loyola University New Orleans criminal justice professor Dee Wood Harper Jr., Ph.D., and Loyola criminal justice master’s graduate Kelly Frailing, recently edited and published “Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster.” Featuring contributions from the editors and several members of Loyola’s criminal justice faculty and former graduate students, the book explores how people behave after disasters and how the criminal justice system responds to disaster and the crime that follows.

All of the contributors have conducted research on disaster and crime and/or have firsthand experience with the impact of disaster on the criminal justice system. They include sociology professor and criminal justice chair William Thornton, Ph.D.; Joseph Fichter, S.J., Distinguished Professor Lydia Voigt, Ph.D., who co-wrote “Disaster Phase Analysis and Rape in the Context of Disaster;” assistant professor of criminal justice Patrick Walsh, Ph.D., who wrote "Changes in the Illegal Drug Market in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina;” Katrina Berger, MCJ ’07, who wrote “National Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans: An Overview;” assistant professor of criminal justice Vincenzo Sainato, Ph.D., who contributed to the book by providing instructional materials and jacket design; and university photographer Harold Baquet, who provided the photograph for the cover.

“Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster” is broken into three parts. Part one, “Historical and Theoretical Aspects of Disaster and Crime,” provides a discussion of crime and disaster in an historical context and proposes a typology that locates certain types of crime in the different phases of disaster. Part two, “Natural Disaster, Disorder and Crime,” examines a variety of crimes, such as looting, robbery, drug dealing and fraud in the wake of disasters, with one chapter suggesting that some disasters themselves are crimes. Part three, “The Criminal Justice System Response to Disorder and Disaster,” examines specific disasters as case studies, including the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Mumbai terrorism attack. The nation’s disaster response infrastructure also comes under close scrutiny in the book.

‘“Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster’ is exceptionally timely considering the natural disasters which have occurred in the opening years of the 21st century and the ubiquity of the terror threat,” said Harper. “These events have led to national and international concern for how the public sector in general and the criminal justice system in particular responds to disasters and crime. While designed primarily as a text, the essays also have a broader audience appeal for readers interested in these issues.”

Harper is the senior editor for the book and has been a Loyola faculty member since 1976. His co-editor, Frailing, received a Masters in Criminal Justice in 2007 from Loyola and is completing a doctorate this summer at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.

For more information on the book, contact Harper at 504-865-2161 or harper@loyno.edu.

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