Randall G. Shelden is Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he has been a faculty member since 1977. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco. He received his Masters Degree in Sociology at Memphis State University and Ph.D. in Sociology at Southern Illinois University. Among his books include: Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society (co-authors William B. Brown, Karen Miller and Randal Fritzler); Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3rd edition), with Meda Chesney-Lind (which received the Hindelang Award for outstanding contribution to Criminology in 1992); Youth Gangs in American Society (4th ed.), with Sharon Tracy and William B. Brown; Controlling the Dangerous Classes: The History of Criminal Justice (2nd edition); Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society (2nd edition); Juvenile Justice in America: Problems and Prospects (co-edited with Daniel Macallair); Our Punitive Society. He is also the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on the subject of crime and justice. He has also written more than 100 commentaries appearing in local and regional newspapers. He is the co-editor of the on-line Justice Policy Journal.