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

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Overview

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.
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"The Table of Contents is excellent. It is well organized and informative, a good road map. I like the chapter selection. Nothing is missing." "The manuscript's readability is smooth. He style is concise, clear, accurate, exceptionally interesting." "I am very impressed by the text's learning and review tools. I like how the key terms refer to page numbers."
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The new edition of a textbook geared toward undergraduates that looks at the institutions and processes of the American criminal judicial system. After devoting separate chapters to the various actors in the courtroom, the latter half of the text looks at the criminal court process from arrest and arraignment to appeals in eight separate chapters. A final chapter looks at the juvenile court system. The CD-ROM contains interactive programs that cast the user as the judge in six different cases, providing the case files, lawyer and witness testimony, and the relevant statutes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495095408
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.39 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida, at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, both from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including Law and Society Review, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Law and Policy Quarterly. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.

Henry F. Fradella is a Professor of Law, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Clark University, both a master's in forensic science and J.D. from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary justice studies from Arizona State University. In addition to having published over 65 scholarly articles, comments, and reviews, Dr. Fradella is also the author of five other books, including three published by Wadsworth: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL; KEY CASES, COMMENTS, AND QUESTIONS ON SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW; and FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: THE USE OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Dr. Fradella has served as a guest editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice two times and as the Legal Literature editor of West's Criminal Law Bulletin for four terms (Volumes 41-44). He teaches a variety of courses, including criminal law, criminal procedure, courts and judicial processes, and forensic psychology.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Criminal Courts in Controversy 1
Ch. 2 Law and Crime 17
Ch. 3 Finding the Courthouse: The Confusing Structure of American Courts 39
Ch. 4 The Dynamics of Courthouse Justice 65
Ch. 5 The Prosecutor 79
Ch. 6 Defense Attorneys 97
Ch. 7 Judges 119
Ch. 8 Defendants, Victims, and Witnesses 138
Ch. 9 After the Arrest: Case Attrition 155
Ch. 10 Freedom For Sale 177
Ch. 11 Preparing For Trial 200
Ch. 12 Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty 216
Ch. 13 Trial 240
Ch. 14 Sentencing: The Legal Basis of Judicial Discretion 269
Ch. 15 Choosing Between Prison and Probation 297
Ch. 16 The Appellate Process 330
Ch. 17 The Lower Courts: Rapid, Rough Justice 355
Ch. 18 Administering the Courts 374
Epilogue: Courts, Crime, and Political Rhetoric 391
Glossary 405
Index 417
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