America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System / Edition 9

America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System / Edition 9

by David W. Neubauer
     
 

This Fifth Edition of America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System provides readers with a fascinating overview of how this nation's court system actually works to administer justice. Exploring a range of criminal cases - from the points of arrest, prosecution, and appeal, author David W. Neubauer takes readers through all stages of court processes. Cutting… See more details below

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This Fifth Edition of America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System provides readers with a fascinating overview of how this nation's court system actually works to administer justice. Exploring a range of criminal cases - from the points of arrest, prosecution, and appeal, author David W. Neubauer takes readers through all stages of court processes. Cutting through the legalese, he explains legal concepts and court structures and illustrates the working dynamics that occur within the court system. As a result, readers learn to see how and why various outcomes - such as the setting of bail, sentencing, and so on - are actually determined. Taking an objective stance, Neubauer views the problems and solutions inherent within our courts and criminal justice system. He puts public sentiment concerning crime and just punishment on the stand and evaluates current proposals for reforming our criminal court system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780495095408
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
04/19/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The Criminal Courts in Controversy1
Ch. 2Law and Crime17
Ch. 3Finding the Courthouse: The Confusing Structure of American Courts39
Ch. 4The Dynamics of Courthouse Justice65
Ch. 5The Prosecutor79
Ch. 6Defense Attorneys97
Ch. 7Judges119
Ch. 8Defendants, Victims, and Witnesses138
Ch. 9After the Arrest: Case Attrition155
Ch. 10Freedom For Sale177
Ch. 11Preparing For Trial200
Ch. 12Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty216
Ch. 13Trial240
Ch. 14Sentencing: The Legal Basis of Judicial Discretion269
Ch. 15Choosing Between Prison and Probation297
Ch. 16The Appellate Process330
Ch. 17The Lower Courts: Rapid, Rough Justice355
Ch. 18Administering the Courts374
Epilogue: Courts, Crime, and Political Rhetoric391
Glossary405
Index417

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