This student-friendly introductory text describes the criminal justice process—outlining the decisions, practices, people, and issues involved. It provides a solid introduction to the mechanisms of the criminal justice system, with balanced coverage of the issues presented by each facet of the process, including a thorough review of practices and controversies in law enforcement, the criminal courts, and corrections.
1. Criminal Justice Perspectives 2. The Justice Process 3. Crime and Crime Control 4. Counting Crimes and Criminals 5. Police and Policing 6. Law Enforcement in the Criminal Justice System 7. The Criminal Courts 8. People and Problems in the Courts 9. Sentencing: The Goals and Process of Punishment 10. Incarceration 11. Problems and Issues in Incarceration 12. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 13. Issues in Community Supervision 14. The Juvenile Justice System 15. Discharge and Developments