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Criminal Justice / Edition 4

Criminal Justice / Edition 4

by Joel Samaha


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With substance and style, Samaha helps students master the complexities of the criminal justice system and the law. His presentation engages students in active learning and encourages them to understand, rather than memorize. That students truly enjoy reading CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a testament to Samaha's skill as a teacher, writer, and scholar. Featuring a critical-thinking approach that encourages students to explore all sides of the criminal justice system, this thorough introduction draws students in and encourages them to learn more. Samaha provides students with an important and realistic understanding of the formal and informal dimensions of criminal justice: from there, they have the ideal framework to learn about the sociology, politics, economics, and law of the discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780314096241
Publisher: West Group
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Series: Criminal Justice Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 676
Product dimensions: 22.86(w) x 3.18(h) x 29.21(d)

About the Author

Joel Samaha is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Supreme Court and the Constitution, and a special joint Sociology/History Department course entitled Is There a Wartime Exception to the Bill of Rights? He received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and studied under the late Sir Geoffrey Elton at Cambridge University, England. Professor Samaha was admitted to the Illinois Bar, briefly practiced law in Chicago, and then taught at UCLA. In 1971, he joined the University of Minnesota, where he served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies for four years, taught television and radio courses in criminal justice, co-taught a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in legal and constitutional history, and was named Distinguished Teacher in 1974. Professor Samaha's works have appeared in Historical Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Minnesota Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, and Journal of Social History.

Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice in Books and in Action. 2. Crime, Criminals, and Victims. 3. Explanations of Criminal Behavior? 4. Criminal Justice and the Law. 5. The Missions and Roles of the Police. 6. Policing Strategies. 7. Policing and the Law. 8. Issues in Policing. 9. Courts and Courtroom Work Groups. 10. Proceedings Before Trial. 11. Trial and Guilty Pleas. 12. Sentencing. 13. Community Corrections. 14. Prisons, Jails, and Prisoners. 15. Prison Life. 16. Returning to Society. 17. Juvenile Justice.

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