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Courts: A Text/Reader provides the best of both worlds- authored text sections with carefully selected accompanying readings that illustrate the questions and controversies legal scholars and court researchers are investigating in the 21st century. The articles, from leading journals in criminology and criminal justice, reflect both classic studies of the criminal court system and state-of-the-art research, and often have a policy perspective that makes them more applied, less theoretical, and more interesting to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Courts and Case Processing|
|Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Courts|
|How to Read a Research Article|
|The Process Is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court|
|The Honest Politician?s Guide to Juvenile Justice in the Twenty-First Century|
|The Rehnquist Court and Criminal Justice: An Empirical Assessment|
|Wrongful Conviction: Perceptions of Criminal Justice Professionals Regarding the Frequency of Wrongful Conviction and the Extent of System Errors|
|Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys|
|Violated Trust: Conceptualizing Prosecutorial Misconduct|
|Prosecutorial Justifications for Sexual Assault Case Rejection: Guarding the ?Gateway to Justice?|
|Prosecutorial Discretion in Seeking Death: An Analysis of Racial Disparity in the Pretrial Stages of Case Processing in a Midwestern County|
|Representing the Accused: Professional Values and Professional Choices of Small-Town Lawyers|
|Indigent Defenders Get the Job Done and Done Well|
|Judges and Jurors|
|Judges and the Politics of Death: Deciding Between the Bill of Rights and the Next Election in Capital Cases|
|Reflections on a Rape Trial: The Role of Rape Myths and Jury Selection in the Outcome of a Trial|
|Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System|
|The Relationship Between Type of Attorney and Bail Amount Set for Hispanic Defendants|
|The Impact of Race, Gender, and Age on the Pretrial Decision|
|Criminal Prosecution of Domestic Violence Offenses: An Investigation of Factors Predictive of Court Outcomes|
|Plea Bargaining and Trial Dynamics|
|Prosecutorial Discretion and Plea Bargaining in the United States, France, Germany, and Italy: a Comparative Perspective|
|Court Caseloads, Plea Bargains, and Criminal Sanctions: The Effects of Section 17 P.C. in California|
|Variation in Trial Penalties Among Serious Violent Offenses|
|The Entertainment Value of a Trial: How Media Access to the Courtroom Is Changing the American Judicial Process|
|Is Preferential Treatment of Female Offenders a Thing of the Past? a Multisite Study of Gender, Race, and Imprisonment|
|The Interactive Effects of Victim Race and Gender on Death Sentence Disparity Findings|
|The Juvenile Penalty: a Comparison of Juvenile and Young Adult Sentencing Outcomes in Criminal Court|
|Beyond Conviction and Sentencing|
|The Federal Habeas Corpus Process: Unraveling the Issues|
|Criminal Justice System Reform and Wrongful Conviction: a Research Agenda|
|Specialized Courts and Other Trends in Adjudication|
|The Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court: One-Year Results From a Randomized Study|
|Combating Domestic Violence: Findings From an Evaluation of a Local Domestic Violence Court|
|Teen Court Referral, Sentencing, and Subsequent Recidivism: Two Proportional Hazards Models and a Little Speculation|
|Credits and Sources|
|About the Authors|
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