Phillip Bean, Legalizing Drugs: Debates and Dilemmas. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2010. The war on drugs continues along with new legislations and debates about them. This book provides a balanced account of this moral, legal, and political minefield.
Lawrence M. Friedman. Impact: How Law Affects Behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. A highly insightful book by a leading law and society scholar on the conditions under which law most strongly affects behavior.
Jack P Gibbs (ed.), Social Control: Views from the Social Sciences. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1982. A compilation of classic papers from influential scholars in several fields regarding the notion of social control. Several conceptual, theoretical, and empirical issues are identified and discussed.
Allan V. Horwitz, Creating Mental Illness. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
A series of case studies on the social control of mental illness.
Michael Tonry, Sentencing Fragments: Penal Reform in America, 1975-2025. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. A critique of U.S. criminal sentencing policy that also presents important proposals for reforming this policy.