Introduction to Criminal Justice, Ninth Edition, offers a student-friendly description of 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.
In this revision, Edwards gives fresh sources of data, with over 600 citations of new research results. New sections include immigration policy, disparities in the justice system, Compstat and problem-oriented policing, victim services in the courts, and developments in drug policy. This edition also has expanded coverage of police use of force. Each chapter now includes a text box on a policy dilemma like cash bail or stop-and-frisk policies.
Appropriate for all U.S. Criminal Justice programs, this text offers great value for students and instructors.
Table of Contents
1. Criminal Justice Perspectives
2. The Justice Process
3. Crime and 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
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
Bradley D. Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He has previously co-authored books and book chapters in the areas of policing, corrections, and corporate misconduct. Aside from this text, recent publications with Routledge include two chapters in Justice, Crime, and Ethics (2017) as well as a chapter in the Routledge Handbook on Offenders with Special Needs (2018).
Lawrence F. Travis III is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. His primary research interests lie in policing, criminal justice policy reform, sentencing, and corrections.
Introduction to Criminal Justice can be used at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The reason I first adopted the book was that it was not "encyclopedic" but covered major issues and the cost was reasonable.
Gennaro Vito, University of Louisville
The text provides a sound overall introduction and discussion of the multiple topics that must be covered in the course in a relatively short period of time. It presents a variety of sub-topics, usually in a logical learning sequence for students.
Craig Wiggin, University of Southern New Hampshire
In the Ninth Edition of Introduction to Criminal Justice, Brad Edwards continues to build on the student accessible tradition of this excellent textbook. Comprehensive, balanced, and affordable, Introduction to Criminal Justice explores not only the process and systemic features of criminal justice, it also engages students in such contemporary justice issues as immigration policy and police use of force. The inclusion of a "policy dilemma" feature for each chapter will encourage students to better understand how policy is often the bridge between theory and practice.
Michael Braswell, PhD, Professor Emeritus
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