American System of Criminal Justice

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/14/1997
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This classic best-seller, commonly referred to as "The Eagle," encourages students to become better citizens and to determine what justice means in our society as well as what role individuals play in the criminal justice system. This text examines criminal justice as an interdisciplinary endeavor, sharing elements from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. It challenges students to balance the mechanics and system of criminal justice with the human side of the story. Cole and Smith present an exciting and relevant introduction to the field of criminal justice. The text combines solid research and intellectual rigor in an approachable manner with detailed attention to current and compelling events to help students appreciate the many aspects of the discipline, and how they can participate in the system as citizens of the United States. Available for the first time with Criminal JusticeNow, a Web-based, intelligent study system.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
I The Criminal Justice Process 2(132)
1 Crime and Justice in America
2 Crime, Victimization, and Criminal Behavior
3 Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law
II Police 134(118)
4 Police
5 Police Operations
6 Policing: Issues and Trends
III Courts 252(188)
7 Court
8 Prosecution and Defense
9 Pretrial Processes
10 Trial and Post-Trial Processes
11 Punishment and Sentencing
IV Corrections 440(144)
12 Corrections
13 Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions
14 Prisons: Their Goals and Management
15 Prison Society
16 Release and Supervision in the Community
V The Juvenile Justice System 584(36)
17 Juvenile Justice
Epilogue Crime and Justice in the Year 2010 620(8)
Appendix A Constitution of the United States: Criminal Justice Amendments 628(2)
Appendix B Understanding and Using Criminal Justice Data 630(7)
References 637(12)
Glossary 649
Name Index
Subject Index

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