The American System of Criminal Justice / Edition 13

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This classic best-seller, commonly referred to as the "The Eagle," is an exciting and relevant introduction to the field of criminal justice. The text combines solid research and intellectual vigor with detailed attention to current and compelling events to help students appreciate the many aspects of the discipline. It challenges readers to balance the mechanics and system of criminal justice with the human side of the story. This text examines criminal justice as an interdisciplinary endeavor, sharing elements from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science.
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"Students need to hit the ground running - this chapter (Chapter 3) has a positive blend of material that does just that! The coverage is well-balanced! This chapter serves as a "kick-off" to the remaining components of the system."

"This text is a true leader in the industry! It is updated, current, well organized and thought through!"

"…clearly promotes 'critical understanding' with the Close-Ups, New Directions, Doing Your Part, A Question of Ethics, What Americans Think, and landmark Comparative Perspectives!"

"In terms of organization, the text is well thought through! The chapter selection is state-of-the-art from start to finish!"

"The material is clear, accurate, interesting, on the appropriate level and most important, 'on the cutting edge' of the text's three major themes: 1. Criminal justice involves public policies 2. The concept of social system is an essential tool and 3. American values provide the foundation on which criminal justice is based."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133049654
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 734,289
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Cole is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He has been recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he has published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts, and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he has been granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He is co-author of several Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 14th Edition (with Christopher Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, 11th Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 3rd Edition (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, 10th Edition (with Marc Gertz).

Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of twenty books and more than ninety scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. His other books with Wadsworth include CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Seventh Edition (with George Cole) CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. He is also the co-author, with George Cole and Christina DeJong, of THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Thirteenth Edition.

Christina DeJong, a contributing author for several editions, expands that role dramatically for this edition. She is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland. Her scholarly research on recidivism, domestic violence, police-community interactions, and other topics has been published in such journals as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Women and Criminal Justice, and Violence and Victims. She is also the co-author of the book, THE SUPREME COURT, CRIME, AND THE IDEAL OF EQUAL JUSTICE. As a member of the Michigan State University faculty since 1994, she has taught courses on corrections, criminology, research methods, genocide, and women and criminal justice.

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Table of Contents

Preface. PART ONE: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS. 1. Crime and Justice in America. 2. Crime, Victimization, and Criminal Behavior. 3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law. PART TWO: POLICE. 4. Police. 5. Police Operations. 6. Policing: Issues and Trends. PART THREE: COURTS. 7. Court. 8. Prosecution and Defense. 9. Pretrial Processes. 10. Trial and Post-Trial Processes. 11. Punishment and Sentencing. PART FOUR: CORRECTIONS. 12. Corrections. 13. Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions. 14. Prisons: Their Goals and Management. 15. Prison Society. 16. Release and Supervision in the Community. PART FIVE: THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. 17. Juvenile Justice. APPENDICES. A. Constitution of the United States: Criminal Justice Amendments. B. Understanding and Using Criminal Justice Data. GLOSSARY. REFERENCES. CREDITS. NAME INDEX. SUBJECT INDEX.
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