Criminal Justice A Brief Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-07
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction is an applied and realistic text, which introduces students to the real world of criminal justice while covering the entire criminal justice system in a brief manageable 12 chapter format. Fagin uses clear and simple examples drawn from decades of experience to bring criminal justice alive for students. With a readable style, the author places the criminal justice system in the broader context of American government. A wealth of active learning, problem solving, and decision-making opportunities throughout each chapter encourages students to think critically about real situations and get involved as a citizen and pre-professional. James Fagin is a recognized educator in the administration of justice; an expert in areas of contemporary concern, such as transnational terrorism, computer crime, and computer technologies in criminal justice; and has hands-on experience in law enforcement.

Author Biography



James Fagin began his law enforcement career as a police academy student and became a commissioned police officer. He has worked with numerous local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.




James Fagin is an expert and consultant on transnational terrorism, computer crimes, and computer technologies in criminal justice. His other special areas of expertise include effective community policing, police recruitment, and police performance, including stress management.




He has taught criminal justice courses for almost 30 years and has been involved in ground-breaking  off-campus criminal justice education programs for Wichita State University. The American Society of Public Administration names him "Outstanding Educator" in 1996. Today he is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at East Stroudsburg University and remains an active member of the John Harvard Society and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Table of Contents

What is Criminal Justice?
Understanding and Measuring Crime
Criminal Law: Control versusLiberty
Roles and Functions of the Police
Police Officers and Law
Policing: Issues and Challenges
The Court System
Courtroom Participants and the Trial
Sentencing and Sanctions
Probation and Parole, and Community Corrections
Jails and Prisons
Prison Life Epilogue: Future of Criminal Justice
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