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Joseph Davey, Ph.D., J.D.



Davey has written three books dealing with a variety of subjects. The first, The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State was published in 1995. The book was a polemic that examined the problems of poverty, crime, drugs, prisons and the erosion of constitutional rights. The second book, The Politics of Prison Expansion: Winning Elections by Waging War on Crime, is a monograph published in 1998. A reviewer in Scientific American suggested that this was the most accurate explanation of the American prison explosion of the past few decades. In 2001, Davey's third book, The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning Among Today's College Students, examined the moral values underlying student's opinions about legal dilemmas. All three works have been well reviewed and they have been adopted for class use on over fifty college campuses. Davey is currently working on a case book which examines the state of human rights in America. Based on landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the manuscript considers the proper limits on government action in a free society.

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