Lawrence Jablecki, Ph.D., is a part-time lecturer in sociology at Rice University, where he teaches courses on criminology, the criminal justice system and the theory and practice of punishment. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he teaches humanities courses to prison inmates. Dr. Jablecki has written numerous articles in the fields of criminology and philosophy that have been published in professional journals plus articles for most of the major newspapers in Texas. Several of his articles have been reprinted in criminal justice textbooks. Dr. Jablecki was also director of the Brazoria County adult probation department for 18 years. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Manchester University in Manchester, England.