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This thoroughly revised and updated Second Edition provides a clear and concise introduction to the American criminal justice system in an engaging and accessible format. It examines the people and processes that make up the system and how they interact. It also covers the historic context of the criminal justice system so that students will understand how and why we developed the system that is in place today. Updated throughout, the authors include thematic boxes to pique students' interest with current and relevant topics that were drawn from today's news, court cases that range from those that established the fundamentals of the due process to those that are provocative and controversial, and from personal commentaries by those who work in the criminal justice system. This Second Edition provides contemporary data and updated case studies and references for all topics, and will help your students understand the relationships between the police, the courts, and corrections.Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Second Edition will provide your undergraduate students a framework for thinking about crime and justice, aid them in becoming familiar with the terminology of the criminal justice system, and ulimately help them understand how and why the American criminal justice system works as it does.Instructors resources will include Microsoft PowerPoint lecture slides, test bank, and an instructor's manual with lecture outlines and discussion questions. There will also be a companion website packed with a rich variety of interactive study tools for students.