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Criminal Justice



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Albanesers"sCriminal Justice, 4 th editionis a thorough introduction to the field of criminal justice. In addition the major concepts, this text focuses on critical thinking as well as the media's influence on both criminal justice and the public's perception of criminal justice. Albanese gives new attention to up-to-the-minute laws and policies related to crime, search and seizure, and operations of the criminal justice system. The text examines cutting-edge issues of technology, including crimes facilitated by the Internet and identity theft.

Table of Contents

Featuresp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Perspectives on Criminal Justicep. 1
Perspectives on Crimep. 2
Media Perspectives on Crimep. 2
The Political Perspective on Crimep. 3
Crime and Other Life Eventsp. 6
Effects of Fearp. 7
The Universality of Crimep. 11
What Is Crime?p. 12
Historical and Political Contexts of Crimep. 12
Origins of the Criminal Justice Systemp. 15
Justice in the Colonial Periodp. 17
The Evolution of Due Processp. 18
Thats a Fact: Perspectives on Fear of Crimep. 8
Media and Criminal Justice: Television Crime Dramas and the Causes of Homicidep. 14
Critical Thinking Exercises: Carjackings in the United Statesp. 19
Binge Drinkingp. 19
The Nature and Causes of Crimep. 23
Defining Deviancep. 25
Thinking versus Actingp. 26
Mala in Se, Mala Prohibita, and Criminal Harmp. 26
Criminalization of Behaviorp. 29
How Can Crime Be Explained?p. 32
Biological Determinism and Psychological Explanationsp. 36
Sociological Explanationsp. 37
Rational Choice Explanationsp. 41
Gender-Based Explanationsp. 42
Guns, Drugs, and Crimep. 42
Gunsp. 42
Drugs and Alcoholp. 46
Thats a Fact: Perspectives on Gun Control by Teenagers and Adultsp. 45
Media and Criminal Justice: Perceptions and the Reality of Crimep. 39
Critical Thinking Exercises: Choosing What to Criminalizep. 49
A Case Study of Delinquencyp. 49
Defining and Measuring Crimep. 54
What Are the Types of Crime?p. 56
How Are Violent Crimes and Property Crimes Classified?p. 56
Homicidep. 57
Sexual Assaultp. 58
Assaultp. 58
Robberyp. 59
Burglaryp. 60
Larcenyp. 60
Arsonp. 61
How Are Crime Rates Determined?p. 61
The FBI Uniform Crime Reportsp. 63
The National Crime Victimization Surveyp. 66
What Offenders Sayp. 72
The Future of Crime in the United Statesp. 73
Thats a Fact: Perspectives on the Crime Indexp. 68
Media And Criminal Justice: Americas Most Wanted: America Fights Backp. 62
Critical Thinking Exercises: The Circumstances of Crimep. 75
Identifying Serious Crimesp. 75
Perpetrators and Victims of Crimep. 78
Who Are the Victims and Perpetrators of Crime?p. 80
Agep. 80
Genderp. 81
Race and Ethnicityp. 84
Socioeconomic Statusp. 89
What Is Crime Profiling?p. 89
Offender Profilesp. 89
Victim Profilesp. 91
Crime Scene Profilesp. 92
Thats a Fact: Perspectives on Partner Violencep. 84
Media and Criminal Justice: Superheroes and Crime Preventionp. 90
Critical Thinking Exercises: The Characteristics of Homicidep. 93
Preventing School Shootingsp. 94
Criminal Lawp. 97
What Is Criminal Law?p. 99
Four Sources of American Criminal Lawp. 100
Limits on Criminal Lawp. 101
How Did the American System of Law and Justice Develop?p. 103
Evolution of Lawful Justicep. 103
Evolution of Due Processp. 105
How Does the Law Define the Elements of a Crime?p. 107
Characteristics of Criminal Actsp. 109
The State of Mind Requirementp. 110
What Defenses against Criminal Charges Does the Law Recognize?p. 111
Defenses Related to Mental Illnessp. 111
Defenses Involving Forcep. 114
Defenses Involving Justification or Excusep. 116
What Are Some Concerns about Applying Criminal Law?p. 120
Controlling Animals or Owners?p. 121
Assisted Suicide or Murder?p. 121
Thats a Fact: Perspectives on
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