Threats to Civil Liberties Reviews

Threats to Civil Liberties: Policing ISBN 978-1-68282-449-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-450-4
Booklist, October 1, 2018

This thorough, unbiased entry in the Threats to Civil Liberties series (5 titles) examines different police procedures and connects them with court cases that have had an impact on policing. Though the Supreme Court ruled in favor of stop-and-frisk procedures, for example, stop-and-frisk is extremely controversial, as it is highly abused and continues to “violate the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens.” The text offers examples as to how many police officers will abuse Miranda rights in order to get a suspect to confess.
The book also explains the disproportionate use of force against minorities and the racial disparities inherent in such a misuse. Profiling beyond race (sexual orientation, religion) is mentioned, and this ends with a discussion of how laws for crimes such as sexual assault are underenforced. A solid look into the complicated workings of policing and court rulings.
—Jessica Anne Bratt

Threats to Civil Liberties: Policing ISBN 978-1-68282-449-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-450-4
Threats to Civil Liberties: Privacy ISBN 978-1-68282-451-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-452-8
Threats to Civil Liberties: Religion ISBN 978-1-68282-453-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-454-2
Threats to Civil Liberties: Speech ISBN 978-1-68282-455-9/ eBook: 978-1-68282-456-6
Threats to Civil Liberties: Voting ISBN 978-1-68282-457-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-458-0
School Library Connection, March/April 2019

This is a highly relevant series for our times that will help students understand what the various current issues are and how they came about, as well as what actions are being taken to address the concerns, and why some of those actions are controversial. Each volume follows a similar format that includes an introduction highlighting the issues, followed by chapters that trace the actions taken to solve the controversies. This series is well documented, with the authors numbering each of their resources in citation format and including all of them in a list at the end of each book. To aid the reader, an annotated list of organizations and websites has been included. Significant quotes are highlighted and numbered throughout the text and readers can easily find the source for the quote in the source notes. Each full-color photograph also includes captions. In most chapters, readers will find a “pro” and “con” dialog box that includes the respective source for the argument. The series is also available in eBook format. The authors of this series successfully provide the reader with essential context for these ongoing threats to our civil liberties. Additional Resources. Index. Table of Contents. Websites.
Susan D. Yutzey, Retired School Librarian, Columbus, Ohio