Davey, Joseph Dillon
Davey, Joseph Dillon
Lawyer, political scientist, educator, and writer. Hartnell College, Salinas CA, assistant professor of justice, law and political science; Western New England College, Springfield, MA, associate professor of criminal justice, law and political science, 1995-98; Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, assistant professor, 1998-2000, associate professor, 2000-04, professor of law and justice, 2004—. Parole officer for New York State Parole Commission; consultant for the Children's Services Society and the Monterey County Sheriff Department, both in Monterey, CA, the Sunrise House Drug Rehabilitation Program, Salinas, CA, and the California Department of Corrections, Soledad, CA.
The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1995.
The Politics of Prison Expansion: Winning Elections by Waging War on Crime, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1998.
(With Linda DuBois Davey) The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning among Today's College Students, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2001.
Contributor to books, including Principles and Procedures in the Administration of Justice, edited by Harry More, John Wiley (New York, NY), 1986; The American Court System, edited by M. McShane and F. Williams, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1997; Social Control versus Social Justice, edited by J. Hodgson, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1998; and Social Problems: Readings with Four Questions, edited by J.M. Charon, Thomson Wadsworth (Belmont, CA), 2002. Contributor to professional journals and periodicals, including Crime, Law and Social Change: An International Journal and Urban League Review
Joseph Dillon Davey is a political scientist and the author of articles and books on various aspects of public policy. In his book The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State, the author examines the wearing away of U.S. citizens' constitutional rights within the context of poverty, crime, drugs, and prisons. In the process, he presents his case that the social safety net for the country's poor and indigent population is slowly disappearing as it is replaced by a growing emphasis on incarcerating these segments of the population. "The chief virtue of The New Social Contract is its ability to provoke the reader into viewing the politics of poverty in a new light, primarily by emphasizing the connection between it and the criminal justice system," wrote Christopher Howard in the American Political Science Review.
The Politics of Prison Expansion: Winning Elections by Waging War on Crime examines the explosion of prisons and prison populations in the United States and discusses how politics and politicians at the state level can impact crime. Noting that each state varies in its prosecution of crimes and sentencing of criminals, Davey discusses how several states with governors who espoused tough-on-crime rhetoric had significantly higher incarceration levels than those states with governors who had other political priorities. In the process he presents his theory that political calculations are the missing link that plays a crucial part in crime control. Ann Chih Lin, writing in the Social Science Review, commented that the author "does an important service in reminding us that imprisonment rates reflect political decisions."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Political Science Review, June, 1996, Christopher Howard, review of The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State, p. 426.
Social Science Review, March, 2000, Ann Chih Lin, review of The Politics of Prison Expansion: Winning Elections by Waging War on Crime, p. 152.
Rowan University, Department of Law & Justice Studies Web site,http://www.rowan.edu/open/colleges/las/lawandjustice/ (March 29, 2007), faculty profile of author.