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Crime and Criminal Justice: Concepts and Controversies

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Using an innovative format designed to increase student engagement and critical thinking, each chapter is followed by two Current Controversy debates that dive into a critical issue in criminal justice. These features challenge misconceptions by providing a balanced debate of both the pros and the cons of each issue and are followed by probing questions to help students think critically about timely topics. With contemporary examples that students can easily apply and a broad range of effective learning tools, this practical text helps students go beyond the surface toward a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system.
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ISBN-13: 9781544338972
ISBN-10: 154433897X
Pagini: 440
Dimensiuni: 213 x 277 x 20 mm
Greutate: 1 kg
Ediția: 00002
Editura: SAGE PUBN


“A well-written, concise overview of the main components of the CJS – not a lot of filler, does a great job of getting the basic elements like history and terminology across without being dry, focusing instead on issues.”
“An excellent text for both instructor and students. Very contemporary and useful in today’s CJ world. I would adopt over my current book for sure.”
“The book is exceptional and affordable for my students. And it had an entire chapter devoted to the nature of crime and criminality.”
“The text is logically organized and easy to read and understand. Students will find the text intriguing as they move through the coverage of the controversies from the text.”
“I would describe this textbook as being capable to deliver the basic information regarding the functions, procedures, and systems related to the criminal justice system. Additionally, this book is contemporary and relatable to students, and also easy for them to read and comprehend.”
“Concise, informative, student friendly, and intelligent.”
“…the book presents the most important information the Intro to CJ students need without overwhelming students with details.  Chapters are a reasonable length and easy to read.  And it is a reasonable price”


Part I: Foundations of Criminal Justice
Chapter 1: Crime and Criminal Justice
Stages of the Criminal Justice System
Discretion and Ethics in the Criminal Justice System
The Wedding Cake Model of Justice
Models of Criminal Justice
The Influence of the Media on the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 2: Concepts of Law and Justice
Types of Law
Sources of Law
Case Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Defenses
Chapter 3: Defining and Measuring Crime
Defining Crime
Uniform Crime Reports
National Incident-Based Reporting System
National Crime Victimization Survey
Self-Reported Offending Datasets
Chapter 4: Explanations of Criminal Behavior
What Is a Theory of Crime?
Classical Theories of Crime
Biological and Psychological Theories of Crime
Sociological Theories of Crime
Contemporary Theories of Crime
Chapter 5: Victims and the Criminal Justice System
Victims and Crime
Theories of Victimization
History of Victims’ Rights
Victims in the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 6: Criminal Justice Policy
What Is Policy?
Why Do We Need Criminal Justice Policies?
How Do Criminal Justice Policies Develop?
Politics and Criminal Justice Policy
Research and Criminal Justice Policies
Part II: Policing
Chapter 7: Policing Organizations and Practices
A Brief History of Policing
Types of Police Organizations
Women in Policing
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Policing
What Do the Police Do?
Strategies and Tactics of Policing
Chapter 8: Issues in Policing
Policing and the Law
Ethical Dilemmas and Corruption
Racial Profiling
Use of Force
Police Legitimacy
Police Occupational Stress
Part III: Courts
Chapter 9: Courts and Crime
Criminal Versus Civil Courts
Jurisdiction and the Courts System
Structure of the Courts
Courtroom Participants and Their Duties
Stages of a Criminal Court Case
Chapter 10: Punishment and Sentencing
Correctional Philosophies
Determinate Sentencing
Indeterminate Sentencing
Mandatory Sentences
Capital Punishment
Part IV: Corrections
Chapter 11: Prisons and Jails
History of Jails and Prisons
Types of Prisons
Prison Security Levels
Issues in Incarceration
Legal Rights of Prisoners
Chapter 12: Community Corrections
Intermediate Sanctions
Issues in Reentry
Part V: Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Chapter 13: Juvenile Justice
History of the Juvenile Justice System
Structure of the Juvenile Court
Juvenile Waiver
Demographics of Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 14: Transnational Criminal Justice
Transnational Crime
Homeland Security
Border Control