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Cole and Smith's CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Sixth Edition, lets you experience the real-world excitement of this dynamic field while helping you excel in your course with the support of proven, integrated study tools. In this engaging, reader-friendly text, you'll learn about new career opportunities in criminal justice and read true stories of offenders and their experiences within the system. You'll also learn about the crucial role that public policy plays in the criminal justice system and explore the hot issues that are changing the face of criminal justice today and shaping its future.
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New edition of a reference in which Cole (U. of Connecticut) and Smith (Michigan State U.) introduce the dynamics of the American criminal justice system. Designed to take advantage of internet resources, the text and CD-ROM focus on how criminal justice involves public policies that are developed within the political framework of the democratic process, and the concept of social system as an essential tool for explaining and analyzing the way criminal justice is administered and practice. The 15 chapters discuss the criminal justice process, police, corrections, and the juvenile justice system. New coverage addresses disparities in the treatment of minorities, changes in policing and crime control, and other topics. Contains many color and b&w white illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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 other Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Thirteenth Edition (with Christopher Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, Tenth Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, Ninth Edition (with Marc Gertz and Amy Bunger).
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.
Part I: CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 1. The Criminal Justice System. 2. Crime and Justice in America. 3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law. Part II: POLICE. 4. Police. 5. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges. 6. Police and the Law Part III: COURTS. 7. Courts and Adjudication. 8. Pretrial Procedures, Plea Bargaining, and the Criminal Trial. 9. Punishment and Sentencing. Part IV: CORRECTIONS. 10. Corrections. 11. Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions. 12. Incarceration and Prison Society. Part V: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 13. Reentry into the Community. 14. Technology and Criminal Justice. 15. Juvenile Justice. Appendix: Constitution of the United States: Criminal Justice Amendments. References. Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index. Photo Credits.