3rd Edition

Criminal Justice
An Introduction

ISBN 9781138931169
Published August 17, 2017 by Routledge
698 Pages 8 Color & 24 B/W Illustrations

USD $68.95

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Book Description

This revised and expanded third edition offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the criminal justice system of England and Wales. Starting with an overview of the main theories of the causes of crime, this book explores and discusses the operation of the main criminal justice agencies including the police, probation and prison services and the legal and youth justice systems.

This book offers a lively and critical discussion of some of the main themes in criminal justice, from policy-making and crime control to diversity and discrimination to the global dimensions of criminal justice, including organized crime and the role of the EU.

Key updates to this new edition include:

  • increased discussion of the measurement, prevention and detection of crime;
  • a revised chapter on the police which discusses the principle of policing by consent, police methods, power and governance as well as the abuse of power;
  • further discussion of pressing contemporary issues in criminal justice, such as privatization, multi-agency working and community-based criminal justice policy;
  • a brand new chapter on victims of crime, key developments in criminal justice policy, and the response of the criminal justice system.

This accessible text is essential reading for students taking introductory courses in criminology and criminal justice. A wide range of useful features includes review questions, lists of further reading, timelines of key events and a glossary of key terms.

Table of Contents


1. The causes of crime and deviance

2. The measurement, prevention and detection of crime

3. The criminal justice system: an overview

4. The police service

5. The prosecution of offenders

6. The judiciary

7. Punishment and sentencing

8. Prison and its alternatives

9. The juvenile justice system

10. Victims of crime

11. Diversity and the criminal justice system

12. Criminal justice policy: the global dimension

13. Conclusion: austerity, privatization and the future criminal justice landscape

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Peter Joyce is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University.


"Joyce’s third edition of Criminal Justice, again, presents a rich source of information that is critical in nature, and technically precise in detail. Readers are presented with thirteen chapters of clean, clear analysis of a diverse and complex criminal justice system. The readership of this book will undoubtedly be broad given the accessible written style and useful breaks in text of definitions and terminology. This text is a must to undergraduate and postgraduate students of criminology and criminal justice, as well as it being a ‘go-to’ reference resource for many more people who work or have an interest in this area."

Dr Paul Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Social and Political Science, University of Chester

"As an introduction, Dr Joyce provides details of all the expected elements of the Criminal Justice System but he goes on to do so much more. With a realist approach, he captures many of the current tensions and debates in a way that will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in the subject, the novice criminologist and the more experienced researcher. For the student approaching any new topic, this is the ‘go to’ book for Criminal Justice."

Ashley Tiffen, Senior Lecturer in Policing, Department of Business, Law, Policing and Social Science, University of Cumbria

"Peter Joyce has produced a clear, accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook that is invaluable for all students and teachers of criminology and criminal justice. Covering both the main theories relating to the causes of crime, as well as the workings of the key criminal justice agencies, this book provides an accessible resource for students to read in depth, as well as provide guidance for further studies as their skills and interests progress."

Dr Linda Asquith, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Criminology and Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University

"The new edition of Criminal Justice: An Introduction is essential reading for anyone seeking a comprehensive and critical understanding of criminal justice. Peter Joyce unpacks the topic in a lively, incisive manner that is both challenging and accessible to students and lecturers. Highly recommended."

Stephen Case, Professor of Criminology and Director of Studies, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

"This book provides an excellent introduction to the world of Criminal Justice and is a must read for students of Criminology. Its clarity and in-depth understanding and knowledge of the workings of the Criminal Justice system makes it a brilliant starting point for research in the area."

Dr Joshua Skoczylis, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln

"This new edition provides for a balanced and appropriately set out introductory text for students of criminology, law and criminal justice. It clearly explains most areas of Criminal Justice, recognising both the processes involved and the system more broadly, while assuming no prior knowledge for the reader."

Gareth Addidle, Lecturer in Criminology/Criminal Justice or Law, School of Law, Criminology and Government, University of Plymouth

"This new and expanded edition is well structured, and offers comprehensive and up to date content for students studying criminology. It provides a broad overview of the ever-changing character of criminological debate and of the recent changes impacting the criminal justice system. The contemporary nature of the material and topics covered, combined with questions raised by the author, makes this text an authoritative and stimulating resource."

Dr Jo Brayford, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales

"This is a highly accessible and scholarly resource for those studying criminal justice. The author has skilfully balanced the theories, policies and practices underpinning the criminal justice system whilst also highlighting the key debates and current challenges within the subject area."

Seema Kandelia, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster

"This genuinely accessible and highly readable text provides just what a student of criminology needs to come to terms with the workings of the criminal justice system. Its coverage of the criminological field is comprehensive and concise. After reading this book, students will have all that they need to find their way own way around the world of crime and an understanding of how society responds to it."

Christopher Crowther-Dowey, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University, UK