CJ 2015

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/24/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Criminal Justice

Brief. Affordable. Visual.      
CJ 2015
provides an affordable, thought-provoking look at the criminal justice system that uses clear writing and eye-catching visuals to get your students straight to the important concepts. By focusing on these core concepts, students will gain true understanding of the material, without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information. The book's conversation-starting pedagogy encourages active participation in learning, moving students beyond memorization by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field.
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Author Biography

James A. Fagin is a professor of criminal justice studies at Lincoln College—Normal (LCN), located in Normal, Illinois. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the program director for the criminal justice science program. He founded the criminal justice studies Bachelor of Science degree at LCN. Previously, Jim served as Graduate School Dean at East Stroudsburg University and for a decade as Director of the first and largest criminal justice program in the state of Hawai’i. He has served as Acting President of a three-year college in Kenya, East Africa.

Jim Fagin is a pioneer in criminal justice education and has been involved in innovative criminal justice education programs for four decades. He developed one of the early models of statewide delivery of criminal justice undergraduate and graduate degrees. During the developing years of criminal justice education, Jim worked as a consultant and instructor for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) to develop model criminal justice curriculum in research, administration, and planning to promote quality nationwide education in criminal justice. These model curriculums were developed by an elite team of practitioners and educators and were field-tested throughout the United States.

Jim wrote some of the classical literature on computer crime, police bargaining and unions, presidential candidate security, domestic disturbance resolution, and hostage negotiations. His articles on international terrorism have been translated and published in major criminal justice journals in Japan. He received the American Society of Criminal Justice Hawai’i chapter’s award for outstanding contributions to Public Administration for his achievement in establishing a master’s degree in public administration at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He has received numerous other awards for contributions to hotel security, forensic investigations, and excellence in teaching. These works emerged from active involvement with federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies.

Jim was a commissioned deputy sheriff and training officer and polygraph examiner for the Wyandotte County (Kansas) Sheriff ’s Department and a Commissioned Reserve Police Officer in the Kansas City (Kansas) Police Department. He has worked as a consultant with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities. He served on the Kansas Victims’ Rights Commission to help establish the charter victims’ rights legislation for the state. He assisted in implementing the first domestic disturbance response policy for the Wichita, Kansas Police Department. He has been a criminal justice professor, graduate dean, and college president. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, Illinois. Textbooks such as this are an ongoing work in progress, and the author welcomes communication and correspondence about his work. Dr. Fagin can be contacted at Lincoln College—Normal, 715 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761 or at jfagin@lincolncollege.edu.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Criminal Justice 1
  2. Crime: The Search for Understanding 22
  3. Measuring Crime and Victimization 50
  4. Criminal Law: Crimes and the Limits of Law 72
  5. An Overview of Law Enforcement: History, Agencies, Personnel, and Strategies 92
  6. Oversight and Professionalism of Law Enforcement 122
  7. The Court System 149
  8. Courtroom Participants and the Trial 168
  9. Sentencing 189
  10. Jails and Prisons 219
  11. Probation and Parole 254
  12. Corrections in the Community 276
  13. The Juvenile Justice System 299
  14. Homeland Security 339

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