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The Criminal Justice System

An Introduction, Fifth Edition, 5th Edition

By Ronald J. Waldron, Chester L. Quarles, David H. McElreath, Michelle E. Waldron, David Ethan Milstein

CRC Press

542 pages

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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


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General