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Overview

The premier choice for Courts courses for decades, this popular text offers a comprehensive explanation of the courts and the criminal justice system, presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner that appeals to instructors and students alike. Neubauer and Fradella's crisp and clear writing, characterized by the organization of material into brief sections within chapters, ensures that readers gain a firm handle on the material. At the same time, the text's innovative "courtroom workhouse" model, which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, brings the courtroom to life. AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM has long been known for the way it gives students an accurate glimpse of what it is like to work within the American criminal justice system, and the Twelfth Edition is no exception.

David W. Neubauer, University of New Orleans

David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida, at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, both from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including Law and Society Review, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Law and Policy Quarterly. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.

Henry F. Fradella, Arizona State University and Member of the State Bar of Arizona

Henry F. Fradella is a Professor in and Associate Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Clark University, both a master's in forensic science and a J.D. from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary justice studies from Arizona State University. In addition to having published more than 80 scholarly articles, comments, and reviews, Dr. Fradella is the author of ten other books, including two published by Wadsworth: AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL. Dr. Fradella has twice served as a guest editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and as the Legal Literature editor of West's Criminal Law Bulletin for four terms (Volumes 41–44). A fellow of the Western Society of Criminology, he served as the editor of the society's journal, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society from December 2013 through April 2017. He teaches a variety of courses, including criminal law, criminal procedure, courts and judicial processes, and forensic psychology.
  • Completely revised and thoroughly updated, the Twelfth Edition includes some key cases that focus student critical thought on issues of race and ethnicity in the American court system; for instance, the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin, and Floyd v. City of New York (2013), which declared the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" practices unconstitutional.
  • Students gain insight into the latest developments related to 1) problem-solving courts, including the range and diversity of these courts and their jurisdictions across all U.S. states; 2) court security and security for judges beyond the courthouse; 3) focal concerns theory as it applies to both prosecutorial charging decisions and judicial sentencing decisions; 4) concerns regarding judicial independence, judicial performance, and diversity on the bench; 5) wrongful convictions; 6) jury decision-making; and 7) sentencing and corrections.
  • The Twelfth Edition features four appendices: the U.S. Constitution; an overview of the United States Constitution, focusing on those parts of the Constitution that describe the judicial system; a timeline of key cases and criminal justice occurrences; and legal reasoning, an explanation of adjudication as the formal process by which legal disputes are judicially resolved in courts of law.
  • This best-selling text on criminal courts features a unique emphasis on courthouse dynamics, which gives students a true sense of "being in the courthouse."
  • The book's unique themes -- the law on the books, the law in action, and the law in controversy -- provide students with a means of focusing on important issues and how to think critically about them.
  • Coverage of contemporary issues facing America's courts includes media coverage of trials, forensics and its effect on juries and courtrooms, the CSI effect, decision-making and tracking technology, wrongful conviction, and much more. In addition, the ever-increasing role of technology is examined throughout the text, with discussion of how technology has affected the courts in ways ranging from electronic monitoring of offenders to social media in the courtroom.
  • To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter begins with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to the text discussion and the end-of-chapter summary (Chapter Review).
  • "Case Close-Up" boxes in each chapter present an important court decision that has affected our nation's criminal justice system. These boxes also highlight the dynamic nature of courts in the United States.
  • "Courts and Controversy" boxes deal with contentious issues in the criminal courts system and how these issues are resolved.
  • "Law, Courts, and Media" boxes in each chapter provide students the opportunity to compare their understandings of the dynamics and complexities affecting America's courts with the ways courts and judicial processes are depicted in television and movies.
1. Courts, Crime, and Controversy.
Part I: THE LEGAL SYSTEM.
2. Law and Crime.
3. Federal Courts.
4. State Courts.
Part II: LEGAL ACTORS.
5. The Dynamics of Courthouse Justice.
6. Prosecutors.
7. Defense Attorneys.
8. Judges.
9. Defendants and Victims.
Part III: PROCESSING THE ACCUSED.
10. From Arrest and Bail through Arraignment.
11. Disclosing and Suppressing Evidence.
12. Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty.
13. Trials and Juries.
Part IV: SENTENCING THE CONVICTED.
14. Sentencing Options.
15. Sentencing Decisions.
Part V: APPELLATE AND JUVENILE COURTS.
16. Appellate and Habeas Corpus Review.
17. Juvenile Courts.

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Online Instructor's Manual with Lesson Plans and Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305634824
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