Search and Destroy, African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System Now Available to Public

Baltimore, Maryland – June 1, 2011 ‑ A Second Edition of  Search and Destroy, African American Males in the Criminal Justice System by Jerome G. Miller, Co-founder of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, Inc. (NCIA) is being released this month by The Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Miller outlines in detail how current law enforcement and criminal justice practices now serve to marginalize, and in effect, criminalize the absolute majority of African-American males in the United States.  This new edition addresses how the problem has been addressed over the recent tumultuous 15 years since the original edition first appeared.  It suggests that the nation has reached a point where frank and unashamed racism not only survives, but has grown respectable.  The problem has been greatly exacerbated by a plethora of well funded and highly effective political marketing outlets commonly limned “think tanks.”  Recommendations are offered as to how interested citizens and experts, (criminologists, sociologists, psychologists, social workers, and criminal justice administrators and policy planners) might address the current dilemma.

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Dr. Jerome G. Miller is co-founder and member of the board of NCIA.  He holds a Doctorate in psychiatric social work from Catholic University of America and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on juvenile corrections, as well as clinical work with juvenile and adult sex offenders. Prominently known for closing all the juvenile state reform schools in Massachusetts and replacing them with community-based programs while serving as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Dr. Miller was later appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Commissioner of Children and Youth for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

While serving as Special Assistant to the Governor in Pennsylvania, he devised strategies and programs that successfully removed 1,000 youthful offenders from the state’s adult prisons. From 1989-1994, Dr. Miller was jail and prison monitor for the United States Federal Judge Melton in the Middle District of Florida. Additionally, he has served as a Psychiatric Social Work Officer in the United States Air Force in this country and abroad, and was an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ohio State University. From 1995 to 1997, he was the federal court “receiver” of D.C.’s child welfare system, appointed by US Federal District Judge Hogan.

Dr. Miller has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has been widely published since 1965 and has written extensively for professional journals, magazines and trade publications. His 1990 book, Last One Over the Wall, was winner of the Edward Sagarin Prize of the American Society of Criminology and was positively reviewed in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and The Boston Globe. (A second edition was released by Ohio State University Press in 1998.) His most recent book, Search & Destroy: African Americans in the Criminal Justice System 2nd Edition, was published in 2010 by The Cambridge University Press and is a follow-up to the original, published in 1997.

About NCIA:

Since 1977, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) has worked to break the destructive cycle often associated with the human service and correctional systems. We provide individual care, concern, and treatment for emotionally disturbed youth, developmentally disabled adults and adolescents, and those involved in the criminal justice system.

Founded by Dr. Jerome G. Miller and Herbert J. Hoelter, two of the country’s leading experts in developing alternatives to institutionalization and incarceration, NCIA’s mission is to help create a society in which all persons who come into contact with human service or correctional systems are provided with the care necessary to live their lives to the best of their abilities. NCIA is dedicated to developing quality programs and professional services that advocate timely intervention and unconditional care.

NCIA’s innovative approach to service and care helps ensure that clients connect with the community in ways that are productive and beneficial.  NCIA serves clients without judgment and assists them in creating futures that are based on their personal experiences and individual definitions of success.

NCIA guides its clients toward productive, socially acceptable lives. Through unconditional care and personal attention, NCIA’s family of services helps clients discover a world of possibilities as unique as they are.


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