The American System of Criminal Justice / Edition 11

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This classic best-seller, commonly referred to as "The Eagle", encourages students to become better citizens and to determine what justice means in our society as well as what role individuals play in the criminal justice system. This text examines criminal justice as an interdisciplinary endeavor, sharing elements from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. It challenges students to balance the mechanics and system of criminal justice with the human side of the story. Cole and Smith present an exciting and relevant introduction to the field of criminal justice. The text combines solid research and intellectual rigor in an approachable manner with detailed attention to current and compelling events to help students appreciate the many aspects of the discipline, and how they can participate in the system as citizens of the United States. Available for the first time with Criminal JusticeNow™, a Web-based, intelligent study system.

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"Students need to hit the ground running - this chapter (Chapter 3) has a positive blend of material that does just that! The coverage is well-balanced! This chapter serves as a "kick-off" to the remaining components of the system."

"This text is a true leader in the industry! It is updated, current, well organized and thought through!"

"…clearly promotes 'critical understanding' with the Close-Ups, New Directions, Doing Your Part, A Question of Ethics, What Americans Think, and landmark Comparative Perspectives!"

"In terms of organization, the text is well thought through! The chapter selection is state-of-the-art from start to finish!"

"The material is clear, accurate, interesting, on the appropriate level and most important, 'on the cutting edge' of the text's three major themes: 1. Criminal justice involves public policies 2. The concept of social system is an essential tool and 3. American values provide the foundation on which criminal justice is based."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495006015
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,217,884
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Cole is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Recognized for outstanding teaching and research, Professor Cole is a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He held a fellowship at the National Institute of Justice, and received two Fulbright-Hays Program research awards. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut, and has published several other criminal justice titles, including CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA (with Christopher E. Smith) and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES (with Marc Gertz).

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part One: CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 1. The Crime and Justice in America. 2. Victimization and Criminal Behavior. 3. The Criminal Justice System. 4. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law. Part Two: POLICE. 5. Police. 6. Police Officers and Law Enforcement Operations. 7. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges. 8. Police and Constitutional Law. Part Three: COURTS. 9. Courts and Pretrial Processes. 10. Prosecution and Defense. 11. Determination of Guilt: Plea Bargaining and Trials. 12. Punishment and Sentencing. Part Four: CORRECTIONS. 13. Corrections. 14. Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions. 15. Incarceration and Prison Society. 16. Reentry Into the Community. Part Five: THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. 17. Juvenile Justice. Appendix A: Constitution of the United States: Criminal Justice Amendments. Appendix B: Understanding and Using Criminal Justice Data. Glossary. References. Credits. Name Index. Subject Index.

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