Matthew Barnett Robinson

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Matthew Barnett Robinson is a full professor and criminologist for Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University. His research interests have included social justice, race and crime, criminological theory, the death penalty, the “war on drugs”, crime mapping and white-collar crime. He has published more than twenty books, including The Drug Trade and the Criminal Justice System, Crime Mapping and Spatial Aspects of Crime: Theory and Practice, Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment, and Greed is Good: Maximization and Elite Deviance in America.

He studied the use of the capital punishment in North Carolina, publishing a report titled, “The Death Penalty in North Carolina: A Summary of the Data and Scientific Studies”. He found that the death penalty was not an effective deterrent and was more costly than life imprisonment.

He also challenged existing notions informing national drug policy, exposing the inconsistencies in data analysis and reporting by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Robinson has been a vocal opponent of the USA Patriot Act, which he feels contains unconstitutional provisions that infringe on the rights of individual citizens. He has been working to create a Center for Social Justice and Human Rights at Appalachian State University.

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According to Wikipedia, Matthew Barnett Robinson is a Criminologist at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. After receiving his PhD from the Florida State University School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, he accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at ASU in 1997, and is now a full professor. The department is now known as the Department of Government & Justice Studies.

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