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The articles in this reader are divided into eighteen chapters that closely parallel the author's textbook INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE. The reader contains thirty-two articles from a wide variety of sources that are intended to initiate a series of discussions. The articles were chosen to expand the awareness of the criminal justice system by exposure to germane "critical thinking" topics.
1. Overview of the System. 2. Our System of Justice. 3. Explanation of Contemporary Crime. 4. Scope of the Crime Problem. 5. The Criminal Justice System and Crime. 6. Organization and Operation. 7. Critical Issues for Law Enforcement. 8. Police Operations. 9. The Courts. 10. Roles in the Court System. 11. Pretrial and Trial Processes. 12. Sentencing. 13. The Correctional System. 14. Community Corrections. 15. Juvenile Justice. 16. Criminal Victimology and Victim's Rights. 17. Drug Abuse and the Criminal Justice System. 18. Our Criminal Justice System- Today and Tomorrow.