Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management, 8/E

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/5/2015
  • Publisher: Pearson Higher Education

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For courses in criminal justice administration


Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management is a comprehensive and contemporary text that examines relevant facets of, and current topics relating to, criminal justice administration. It is written with a unique, real-world flavor and allows readers to apply their knowledge through “Deliberate and Decide” challenges included in every chapter. The logical organization of the text provides readers with a comfortable flow of information, beginning with a basic examination of the study and scope of justice administration and rights of criminal justice employees, followed by a focus on police, courts, and corrections agencies. It concludes with considerations of ethics, special challenges, financial administration, and technologies. Two appendices contain 28 case studies that challenge readers’ knowledge and their application of related materials. The Eighth Edition has been substantially reorganized and includes updated topics in every chapter as well as new case studies.

Author Biography

Kenneth J. Peak is a full professor and former Chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, where he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the university’s Honor Society. After serving for several years as a municipal police officer in Kansas, Ken subsequently held positions as a nine-county criminal justice planner for southeast Kansas, Director of a four-state Technical Assistance Institute for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Director of University Police at Pittsburg State University (and, later, as Acting Director of Police Services, University of Nevada, Reno), and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. He has authored or coauthored 28 textbooks and 2 historical books on bootlegging and temperance. His other recent books include Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges, 8th ed.; Community Policing and Problem Solving: Strategies and Practices, 6th ed. (with R. W. Glensor); Police Supervision and Management, 3rd ed. (with L. K. Gaines and R. W. Glensor); and Women in Law Enforcement Careers (with V. B. Lord). He also has published more than 60 monographs, journal articles, and invited chapters on a variety of policing topics. His teaching and research interests include general and community policing, planned change, administration, victimology, and comparative justice systems. Ken has served as chairman of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS); president of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators; and Deputy Chair, Academic Review Committee for ACJS. He holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas, and received two gubernatorial appointments to statewide committees while residing in Kansas.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents

PART 1: Justice Administration: An Introduction

1. The Study and Scope of Justice Administration

2. Organization and Administration: Principles and Practices

3. Rights of Criminal Justice Employees

PART 2: The Police

4. Police Organization and Operation

5. Police Personnel Roles and Functions

6. Police Issues and Practices

PART 3: The Courts

7. Court Organization and Operation

8. Court Personnel Roles and Functions

9. Court Issues and Practices

PART 4: Corrections

10. Corrections Organization and Operation

11. Corrections Personnel Roles and Functions

12. Corrections Issues and Practices

PART 5: Issues Spanning the Justice System: Administrative Challenges and Practices

13. Ethical Considerations

14. Special Challenges: Labor Relations, Liability, and Discipline

15. Financial Administration

16. Technologies and Tools: In an Era of Big Data and “the Cloud”

Appendix I: Case Studies (28 each) of Criminal Justice

Appendix II: Writings of Confucius, Machiavelli, and Lao-Tzu



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