This new text encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of the context and the current workings of the criminal justice system. The first part offers a clear and comprehensive review of the major philosophical aims and sociological theories of punishment, the history of justice and punishment and the developing perspective of victimology. In the second part, the focus is on the main areas of the contemporary criminal justice system, including the police, the courts and judiciary, prisons and community penalties.
There are regular reflective question breaks which enable students to consider and respond to questions relating to what they have just read and the book contains useful pedagogic features such as boxed examples, leading questions and annotated further reading.
This practical book is particularly geared to undergraduate students following programmes in criminal justice and criminology. It will also prove a useful resource for practitioners who are following vocationally based courses in the criminal justice area – in social work, youth justice and police training courses.
Table of Contents
Part 1: History and Theories of Crimes and Justice 1. Why Punish? 2. Theories of Punishment 3. The History of Crime and Justice 4. Victimology Part 2: The Criminal Justice System 5. Police and Policing 6. Courts, Sentencing and the Judiciary 7. Prisons and Imprisonment
Ian Marsh is Progamme Leader for Criminology at Liverpool Hope University College and is a widely published textbook author. His recent publications include Theory and Practice in Sociology and Sociology: Making Sense of Society. John Cochrane is Lecturer in History and Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University. Gaynor Melville is lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Liverpool Hope University College.