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The Criminal Justice System
An Introduction, Fifth Edition

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ISBN 9780982365809
Published April 30, 2009 by Routledge
542 Pages

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Book Description

The Criminal Justice System: An Introduction, Fifth Edition incorporates the latest developments in the field while retaining the basic organization of previous editions which made this textbook so popular. Exploring the police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections, including probation and parole, the book moves chronologically through the different agencies in the order in which they are usually encountered when an individual goes through the criminal justice process.

New in the Fifth Edition:

  • A complete updating of charts and statistics to reflect the changes the FBI has made to the Unified Crime Reports System
  • Expanded material on the history of law enforcement
  • Additional information on terrorism, homeland security, and its effect on the police
  • New approaches to policing such as Problem-Oriented Policing and Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Cyber crime, identity theft, accreditation, and new approaches to crime analysis
  • New information on prosecution standards, community prosecution, and prosecutorial abuse
  • New emphasis on the concept of jurisdiction and the inter-relation between the courts’ functions and the other branches of the criminal justice system
  • An examination of the dilemma for the courts caused by the intersection of politics, funding, media, and technology
  • New discussions on prisoner radicalization

Pedagogical features:

  • Each chapter begins with an outline and a statement of purpose to help students understand exactly what they are supposed to master and why
  • Illustrations to assist in the clarification and further development of topics in the text
  • Each chapter ends with a summary, a list of key terms, and a series of discussion questions to stimulate thought
  • Appendices with the United States Constitution, a glossary of criminal justice terminology, and websites useful in gaining knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • Access to a free computerized learning course based on the book

Table of Contents

Overview: The Criminal Justice System
Law and Society
Counting Crime
The Criminal Justice System
The Administration of Justice in the United States
Law Enforcement
History and Development of Police
Law Enforcement in the United States
Police Management, Organization, and Operations
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
Prosecution and Defense
History of Prosecution and Defense
The State’s Advocate
The Defendant’s Advocate
Contemporary Issues in Advocacy
Developmental History of the Courts
Structure of the Courts
Functions of the Courts
Contemporary Issues Facing U.S Courts
Background and History of Institutional Corrections
Correctional Systems and Institutions
Functions of Correctional Organizations
Current Issues and Problems Facing Corrections
Probation and Post-Confinement Release
History and Process of Probation and Non-Custodial Supervision
Problems and Recent Developments in Probation
History and Process of Parole and Post-Confinement Release
Problems and Recent Developments in Parole and Other Post-Confinement Release
Appendix A: The Constitution of the United States
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: Useful Web Pages
Appendix D: Free Study Guide is Available Online

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