Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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308 pages
6 x 9 inches
January 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773380940


Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice takes students through the evolution of risk technology devices, processes, and prevention. This seminal text unpacks technology’s influence on our understanding of governance and social order in areas of criminal justice, policing, and security. With a foreword by leading scholar Kevin Haggerty, the collection consists of three sections that explore the impact of big data, traditional risk practices, and the increased reliance on technology in criminal justice. Eight chapters offer diverse examples that are linked by themes of preventative justice, calculability of risk, the theatre and reality of technology, and the costs of justice. With both national and international appeal, this vital resource is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in criminology, police studies, or sociology.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: The Unarticulated Political Appeals of Security-related Risk Technologies
Kevin D. Haggerty

Stacey Hannem, Aaron Doyle, Christopher J. Schneider, and Carrie B. Sanders

Section I: Big Data and Crime Risks

Chapter 1: Technology and Resistance in Mass Preventative Justice
Pat O’Malley

Chapter 2: Can “Big Data” Analytics Predict Policing Practice?
Janet Chan and Lyria Bennett Moses

Section II: The Limits and Implications of Criminal Justice Risk Technologies in Practice

Chapter 3: The Ion Mobility Spectrometry Device and Risk Management in Canadian Federal Correctional Institutions
Stacey Hannem

Chapter 4: Nodal Governance and Technologies of Control: One Approach to Risk Mitigation in Ontario
Carrie B. Sanders, Debra Langan, Katy Cain, and Taylor Knipe

Chapter 5: Enrolling Brain Imaging: How Psychopathy Becomes a “Neuro” Fact
Martin Dufresne, Dominique Robert and Silvian Roy

Section III: Changing Risk Practices in Criminal Justice Institutions

Chapter 6: Policing and Media: Social Media as Risk Media
Christopher J. Schneider

Chapter 7: Risk Aversion and the Remand Population Explosion in Ontario
Aaron Doyle and Laura McKendy

Chapter 8: Smart Borders? Customs, Risk Targeting, and Internal Politics in a Border Agency
Karine Côté-Boucher

Carrie B. Sanders, Stacey Hannem and Christopher J. Schneider


Contributor Biographies

Stacey Hannem

Stacey Hannem is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Carrie B. Sanders

Carrie B. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an interpretive theorist and qualitative researcher with an interest in studying policing, technology, police cultures, and surveillance. Her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been published in high impact journals, such as British Journal of Criminology, Policing and Society, and Gender and Society.

Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice, The Craft of Qualitative Research

Christopher J. Schneider

Christopher J. Schneider is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandon University.

Aaron Doyle

Aaron Doyle is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

Tony Christensen

Tony Christensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University.


“Under the guise of technological progress and scientific rationality, criminal justice institutions are undergoing a quiet revolution. The shift toward predictive policing and preventive security, along with the technological systems designed to enable such practices, alters the very nature of criminal justice. This incisive book tracks these developments, particularly within the Canadian context, and highlights the troubling implications of these changes.”

“This timely, concise volume superbly illuminates key trends in security and risk technologies in realms ranging from policing and border control to mediascapes and punishment. It is filled with well-researched and original empirical observations and theoretical developments across a sublime mix of chapters by highly distinguished scholars who were central to the debates about security and risk over the past two decades, as well as insightful work by Young Turks. This collection provides a much-needed, cutting-edge examination of ever-changing technologies that will be of interest to established scholars and students alike.”

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