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August 11, 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
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EMU professor to discuss crime, inequality and justice on CTN network

YPSILANTI - "The 'devil made me do it' is one of the oldest alibis in the book," said Gregg Barak, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University. To demonstrate this old adage, he will discuss how people explain crime and how race, gender and class factor into the workings of the U.S. criminal justice system during an appearance on "Riprap: The Academic Book Television Program" on Ann Arbor's CTN cable network.

The half-hour interview will air Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 9 p.m.

"There are a lot of different justices out there," said Barak. "The law (and its punishment) is not a reflection of what are the most injurious crimes."

He points out that someone who robs a 7-11 convenience store and steals a few hundred dollars is treated differently than executives at Enron who stole millions of dollars and affected the lives of millions of people.

The interview focuses around Barak's book, "Crime, Equality and Justice" (Rowman & Littlefield) scheduled for publication in 2006. EMU's Paul Leighton, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, and Jeanne Flavin are co-authors.

Barak, who has written or co-authored 11 books, teaches criminology, criminal justice and violence, and social justice courses. His research and writing interests include social movements and marginal groups, crime control and inequality, and integrative criminologies.  

He has a doctorate and a master's and bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of California-Berkeley.

Riprap is an international series featuring interviews with authors of academic books. The program's focus is to present intellectual discussions in an interesting and informative manner to people in the community.

For further information, contact Barak at 734.487.3184.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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