Criminal Justice in Action: The Core / Edition 7

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Overview

Vivid, visual, current, and featuring the newest CJ careers—every chapter of this text is a multimedia-linked study center! This best-selling text offers students a clear and practical overview of the criminal justice system by combining cutting-edge research with accessible discussions of theory and up-to-the-minute examples of policy and application from today's news. Gaines and Miller take an applied approach that is visible in their coverage of contemporary topics, such as cyber crime and terrorism, their concentration on careers, and their expansive integration of technology. Also, Criminal Justice in Action can be packaged with interactive learning aids such as the new Criminal JusticeNow™—a Web-based, intelligent study system and JoinIn™ content for Response Systems tailored to the text.

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"This text's most important strength is its use of call-out material to help students relate the content of the chapter to real-world application."

"The Gaines & Miller Criminal Justice in Action text provides a well-rounded and insightful look at the Criminal Justice System. It's treatment of the system is thoroughly descriptive, while providing some reflection on current and controversial issues surrounding criminal justice in America. In addition, a variety of text and on-line supplements make the text easily accessible to most undergraduate students."

"The text is a superb treatment of the material as is. I believe one of its strengths is the timeliness of its example and clarifying material."

"This is an up to date, comprehensive text with excellent classroom resources. The students will find it easy to read and comprehend."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781285069159
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 128,434
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Gaines is chair of his department and a longtime, well-known figure in the field, both as an educator and in law enforcement. Highly respected and well liked in the discipline, he is also a former law enforcement officer whose experience heightens the book's real-world orientation.

Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, and California Trial Lawyers Journal and has coauthored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.

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Table of Contents

Part One: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 1. Criminal Justice Today. 2. Why Crime Occurs. 3. Defining and Measuring Crime. 4. Inside Criminal Law. Part Two: THE POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. 5. Law Enforcement Today. 6. Challenges to Effective Policing. 7. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement. Part Three: CRIMINAL COURTS. 8. Courts and the Quest for Justice. 9. Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action. 10. The Criminal Trial. 11. Punishment and Sentencing. Part Four: CORRECTIONS. 12. Probation and Community Corrections. 13. Prisons and Jails. 14. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate. Part Five: SPECIAL ISSUES. 15. The Juvenile Justice System. 16. Illegal Drugs. 17. Terrorism, Cyber Crime, and the Future. Appendix A: The Constitution of the United States. Appendix B: You Be the Judge: The Courts' Actual Decisions. Appendix C: Table of Cases. Glossary. Index.

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