Wednesday, January 28, 2009

At Americas Gates or Criminal Investigation

At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943

Author: Erika Le

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course of U.S. immigration history, but we know little about its consequences for the Chinese in America or for the United States as a nation of immigrants.
At America's Gates is the first book devoted entirely to both Chinese immigrants and the American immigration officials who sought to keep them out. Erika Lee explores how Chinese exclusion laws not only transformed Chinese American lives, immigration patterns, identities, and families but also recast the United States into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant identification, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation policies were extended far beyond any controls that had existed in the United States before.
Drawing on a rich trove of historical sources--including recently released immigration records, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten journeys, secrets, hardships, and triumphs of Chinese immigrants. Her timely book exposes the legacy of Chinese exclusion in current American immigration control and race relations.

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Criminal Investigation

Author: James Gilbert

With interest in criminal investigation at an all time high, the newest edition of this popular text is particularly useful. One of the most comprehensive reviews of the investigative process available, it covers the fascinating history and future implications of field. A thorough discussion of cutting-edge investigative methods and technology employed to combat emerging crimes prepares readers to enter the next generation of criminal investigation. Using detailed crime scene examples, it links specific investigative techniques and laboratory techniques that are most effective for each particular crime. Relevant websitesclose each chapter to guide readers to the wealth of Internet resources. Full discussion of methods and technology such as Low Copy DNA, the expanding federal DNA database (CODIS), ballistic fingerprinting, face recognition systems and biometrics.Features a variety of jobs such as a criminal profiler, ATF Special Agent, Gang Investigator, etc. to provide insight into individual job duties and case incidents. Complete exploration of narcotics and dangerous drug investigation. Includes detailed crime laboratory techniques. Links investigative techniques with all major types of property and violent crime. Covers emerging types of criminal activity such as consumer fraud, identity theft, computer crime, stalking, cyberstalking, hate crimes, and the latest drug crimes. Serves as excellent resource for those currently in law enforcement.


An introduction for students or practitioners of law enforcement with no prior knowledge of investigation. Develops an analytical understanding of the investigation process by merging theoretical and practical aspects. Between chapters on history and prospects, legally defines each commonly encountered major crime and discusses it in terms of current status, offender characteristics, and investigative techniques. First published in 1980 by Bell & Howell, and updated here from the 1993 Prentice-Hall edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


An analytic understanding of the investigative process is the desired goal of this text, achieved through merging theoretical and proven practical aspects of crime detection and solution. This is an appropriate introductory text for students; it's also designed to serve as a reference for law enforcement practitioners. The fifth edition covers newly emerging crimes such as computer crimes, stalking, cyberstalking, gangs, and hate crimes; there is comprehensive treatment of the investigation of narcotics and dangerous drugs, behavioral profiling, crime laboratory techniques, and crime-specific investigative techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1Historical origins of criminal investigation1
Ch. 2Introduction of basic concepts31
Ch. 3The investigative method48
Ch. 4Note-taking and reports66
Ch. 5The crime scene focus78
Ch. 6Interviewing100
Ch. 7Traditional sources of information131
Ch. 8Computer-aided investigations and computer crime153
Ch. 9Burglary173
Ch. 10Robbery208
Ch. 11Homicide and aggravated assault236
Ch. 12Rape and sexual offenses282
Ch. 13Larceny309
Ch. 14Narcotics and drug investigations343
Ch. 15Youth gang investigations393
Ch. 16Special investigations407
Ch. 17Suspect identification441
Ch. 18The investigator in court467
Ch. 19The future of criminal investigation477

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