Criminal Justice System / Edition 1

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This book explains the criminal justice system and how criminal cases are processed via the police, the court, and the correctional system. To give readers a better understanding of how the criminal justice systems works the author follows one case throughout the book to demonstrate how it is processed step-by-step through the justice system. It uses critical thinking exercises and Point/Counterpoint debate sections to explore hot issues from different points of view including parole, prisoners with HIV, crime reporting practices’ impact on minority groups, and inmates with mental illness. Detailed discussions i.e., who gets arrested and why and what role a defendant’s appearance plays are among the many topics addressed, which makes this a compelling text. Covers the steps of the criminal justice system including entry into the system; processing and pretrial procedures; trials, sentencing and appeals; and corrections. Includes information on how we address crime in society. Explores important issues within the system such as victim impact statements, who reports crime?; the investigative process; factors influencing arrest; case processing & the grand jury; the arraignment process; jury trials & sentencing; and the appeals process.

Appropriate for introductory criminal justice courses and for those seeking to better understand the criminal justice system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131705074
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,304,857
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter contains a “Wrap-Up.”)



1. Reported and Observed Crime.

Measured, Observed, and Reported Crime.

Who Reports Crime?

Incident-Specific Factors.

Individual-Specific Factors.

Environment-Specific Factors.

Point-Counterpoint: “Do current practices of identifying crime disproportionately affect minority groups?”

2. Investigation.

Deciding to Investigate.

Who Investigates Crime?

What’s Involved in Criminal Investigation?

Investigative Tools.

Point-Counterpoint: “Is detective work necessary?”

3. Arrest.

Who Gets Arrested and Why.

Definition/Legal Requirements of Arrest.

Arrest and Discretion.

Situational Factors.

Officer Characteristics.

Suspect Characteristics.

Environmental Factors.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should we abolish the Miranda Warning?”

4. Booking and Charging.




Point-Counterpoint: “Should prosecutors overcharge suspects?”


5. Initial Appearance.

Case Processing and the Initial Appearance.

Notice of Charges and Advising Defendants of Their Rights.

Counsel and the Initial Appearance.

Pretrial Release.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should defendants be permitted to use private bonding agencies?”

6. Preliminary Hearing/Grand Jury.

Case Processing and the Preliminary Hearing.

Case Processing and the Grand Jury.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should we abolish the use of grand juries?”

7. Arraignment.

Case Processing and the Arraignment.


Pretrial Motions.


Point-Counterpoint: “Should mentally ill offenders be sentenced to prison?”


Jury Selection.

Opening Statements.

Presentation of Evidence.

Closing Arguments.

Judge’s Charge to the Jury.

Jury Deliberations and Verdict.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should cameras be permitted in the courtroom?”

9. Sentencing.

Factors Influencing Sentencing Decisions.

Purposes of Criminal Sanctions.

Types of Sentences.

Sentencing Structures.

Recent Research.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should victim impact statements be permitted at sentencing hearings?”

10. Appeals.

Appeals and Appellate Courts.

Post-Conviction Review.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should we provide fewer avenues of appeal for offenders?”


11. Probation.

Functions of Probation.


Conditions of Probation.

Terminating Probation.

Effectiveness of Probation.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should we eliminate probation?”

12. Intermediate Sanctions.

Day Reporting Centers.

Shock Probation and Shock Parole.

Shock Incarceration.

Intensive Supervision Probation.

Home Confinement and Electronic Monitoring.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should sentencing bodies consider intermediate sanctions?”

13. Incarceration and Capital Punishment.




Capital Punishment.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should prisons test and segregate those testing positive for HIV/AIDS?

14. Release and Reentry.


The Use and Administration of Parole.

Parole Personnel.

Being Released on Parole.

Success and Failure on Parole.

Other Forms of Release.

Temporary Release.

Point-Counterpoint: “Should we abolish parole?”



Court Cases Cited.


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