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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.
- 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.
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.
7. Defense Attorneys.
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
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