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Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System 6th Edition

J. Scott Harr, Kären Matison Hess, Christine Hess Orthmann, Jonathon Kingsbury

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2008, 2005
  • 528 Pages


Unrivaled in its simplicity and skill-building pedagogy, market-leading CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, 6th Edition, thoroughly explains the complexities of the U.S. Constitution and the criminal justice system. Extremely student friendly, the text avoids "legalese" and is packed with real-world illustrations. Its unique and effective pedagogical framework for concept mastery helps readers develop a solid understanding of key issues and concepts, while more than 200 plainly written, summarized cases introduce readers to pertinent cases in a non-intimidating manner. The text devotes considerable time to the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, exploring their application to issues relevant to criminal justice: reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself. The sixth edition includes expanded discussions of the First and Second Amendments as well as cutting-edge coverage of such high-profile topics as immigration, terrorism/homeland security, death row, and many others.

J. Scott Harr, Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College

The late J. Scott Harr worked in various areas of the law for 30 years. He was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Public Safety Director for a suburb of the Twin Cities and served as a police officer for two other cities prior to that. In addition, he served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Licensed as a lawyer, police officer, and private investigator, he taught at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Concordia University.

Kären Matison Hess, Normandale Community College, Minnesota

The late Kären Matison Hess, PhD, wrote extensively in law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a respected reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. She co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE in addition to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; much of her work and influence remains unchanged in this new edition.

Christine Hess Orthmann, Orthmann Writing and Research

Christine Hess Orthmann holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and has been writing and researching in various aspects of criminal justice for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous Cengage Learning textbooks, a former reserve officer with the Rosemount (Minnesota) Police Department, and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).

Jonathon Kingsbury, St. Cloud State University

Jon Kingsbury, JD, has been with the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Police Department since 1995. Most of his career has been spent in uniform, both as a patrol officer and a supervisor. In addition to his time in uniform, he has experience as a department physical fitness instructor, defense tactics coordinator, field training officer, SWAT team supervisor, and in-service trainer. Lt. Kingsbury received a BA from the University of Minnesota and a JD from Hamline University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. He has taught college courses in report writing and criminal procedure, and has acted as a law enforcement consultant in the areas of use of force and search and seizure. He is a member of several organizations, including the Minnesota State Bar Association, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.
  • This edition has been streamlined, with the number of chapters reduced from 14 to 13. At the same time, it includes expanded coverage of the First and Second Amendments, updates to all Supreme Court and lower court decisions and cases as appropriate, and increased coverage of the post-9/11 policing environment.
  • New "Myth/Reality" marginal insets correct misperceptions on text-related topics. For example, a myth in Chapter 1 states that the U. S. government is a democracy, followed by the reality that the Constitution established the U.S. government as a republic. A myth in Chapter 3 states that when the Supreme Court denies certiorari, it is effectively upholding the ruling of the court below it, thus setting precedent. The reality: When certiorari is denied, the Court is expressing neither approval nor disapproval of the lower court's ruling--it is simply refusing to consider the case.
  • New "Case in Brief" snapshots accompany key cases, encapsulating the decision and its ramifications for students who struggle with case law and language. For example, a box in Chapter 6 quickly summarizes the basic issue in the 2010 case McDonald v. City of Chicago ("Is the Second Amendment applicable to the states?") and the decision ("Yes.").
  • "In the News" boxes use recent headline cases to vividly illustrate chapter material.
  • "Constitutional Law in Action" features offer additional examples of key chapter concepts in practice--including proper and improper police actions and the results--and are concluded with debate questions to stimulate critical thinking and class discussion.
  • Each chapter begins with 8-12 numbered learning objectives that are matched to individual bullet points in the end-of-chapter summary for maximum learning reinforcement. In addition, each item in the accompanying Test Bank is linked to a learning objective.
  • The authors' signature four-point learning system helps students truly master chapter concepts. The beginning of each chapter includes "Do You Know?" questions that present key concepts and learning objectives, while "Can You Define These Terms?" lists provide key words students need to know to understand the chapter material. Highlights throughout each chapter answer the questions. In addition, end-of-chapter material includes a summary and discussion questions, which further reinforce key chapter concepts while encouraging students to critically examine those concepts.
  • The text presents small segments of case law so as to avoid overwhelming students.
  • Chapter 6, "The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy," provides an extensive examination of an individual's right to bear arms, a topic not typically covered with any depth by constitutional law texts designed for criminal justice and political science departments.
1. An Historical Overview.
2. An Overview of the U.S. Legal System.
3. The U.S. Supreme Court: The Final Word.
4. Equal Protection under the Law: Balancing Individual, State, and Federal Rights.
5. The First Amendment: Basic Freedoms.
6. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy.
7. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures.
8. Conducting Constitutional Seizures.
9. Conducting Constitutional Searches.
10. The Fifth Amendment: Obtaining Information Legally.
11. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial.
12. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment.
13. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution.
Appendix A: The United States Constitution and Amendments.
Appendix B: Reading Legal Opinions.
Appendix C: Briefs of Marbury and Miranda.
Appendix D: Shepardizing a Case.
Appendix E: Legal Research.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Test Bank (Microsoft Word)

ISBN: 9781305966499
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter of the text -- most with answers and page references.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305966475
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint® Lectures with Art

ISBN: 9781305966505
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305966529
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.