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Criminal Justice in America 8th Edition

George F. Cole, Christopher E. Smith, Christina DeJong

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2014
  • 592 Pages
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In CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Eighth Edition, authors George Cole, Christopher Smith, and Christina DeJong have accomplished much within a brief format. This concise introductory criminal justice text not only introduces students to the field's foundations and individual components, but also to the many professional opportunities available in the justice system – all within a unique interdisciplinary framework and emphasizing how public policy impacts criminal justice as it is practiced today. Created as an alternative to more expensive, encyclopedic introductory texts, this reader-friendly best seller incorporates ideas, themes, and theories from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. In addition to a strong interdisciplinary emphasis, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA teaches students to become better citizens by helping them think critically about what justice means in our society and how individuals can play a role in defining that meaning.

George F. Cole, University of Connecticut

The late George F. Cole was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He was recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he was granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He co-authored several other Cengage Learning/Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES.

Christopher E. Smith, Michigan State University

Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned degrees at Harvard University, the University of Bristol (England), the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of 25 books and more than 120 scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher with MSU's "Teacher-Scholar Award" and "Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award." His other books with Cengage Learning include CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, 9th Edition, LAW AND CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.

Christina DeJong, Michigan State University

Christina DeJong is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarly research on genocide, recidivism, domestic violence, police-community interactions, and other topics has been published in such journals as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Feminist Criminology, and The Journal of Family Violence. Her current research focuses on gender and sexuality issues in criminology and criminal justice, as well as violence against women in conflict and genocide. A member of the Michigan State University faculty since 1994, she has taught courses on research methods, statistical analysis, genocide, and women and criminal justice. She is also a co-author of Cengage Learning’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, 9th Edition.
  • "Evidence-Based Practice and Policy" boxes show how research-driven decisions help criminal justice officials use scarce resources to address problems, highlighting the need for future criminal justice professionals to understand and use research from such fields as psychology and public administration. Students consider the drug policy debate and whether the U.S. should treat substance abuse as a public health or a crime problem (Ch. 1), and decide if cutting budgets for corrections programs to reduce taxpayer burdens is "better" than increasing budgets to reduce recidivism (Ch. 11).
  • Group-work activities have been added to this edition by including a group or classroom exercise in each of the book's "Policy Debate" boxes. For example, a new "Policy Debate" in Chapter 14 discusses domestic law enforcement agencies' use of drones, and then asks students to work in groups to represent each side of the public debate, taking on the roles of police chief and members of a civil liberties group.
  • New content discusses many contemporary issues influencing the criminal justice system today, including intelligence-led policing and evidence-based policing, government data collection as part of homeland security programs, transnational crime and human trafficking, financial crimes that target the elderly, political crimes (i.e., the release of confidential documents by Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning), legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, the measurement of repeat victimization in the NCVS, gun control policy, and the privatization of prison health care.
  • New topics include the most recent 2014 death row exoneration (Glen Ford in Louisiana), shortages of lethal injection drugs and the possibility states might consider returning to older execution methods, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and community-based alternatives to prison, probation's role in the philosophy of community justice programs, new examples of technology and crime, gunshot detection technology, the use of police software to predict crimes and deploy police resources, the use of individual body cameras by police officers, and new juvenile justice programs.
  • This edition discusses recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting law enforcement and corrections, including Florida v. Jardines, Bailey v. United States, Missouri v. McNeely, Maryland v. King, and Millbrook v. United States.
  • "Criminal Justice: Myth and Reality" features in each chapter address common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice, providing an interesting and effective way to engage students, stimulate class discussion, and encourage critical thinking.
  • "A Question of Ethics: Think, Discuss, Write" at the end of each chapter asks students to consider real cases concerning such topics as police use of force or probation officers' acceptance of bribes. Students are challenged to place themselves in the position of administrators who must think about how to organize and reform training, supervision, and other elements essential for addressing ethical lapses by justice system officials.
  • To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter begins with learning objectives that are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding questions in the accompanying Test Bank.
  • The authors' widely lauded interdisciplinary approach draws on research from criminology, law, history, sociology, psychology, and political science. This treatment facilitates a deeper understanding of the American criminal justice system by examining subjects such as social systems, social problems, determinants of individual behavior, government processes, policy making, and conceptions of morality and justice.
  • "What Americans Think" features throughout the book give students the opportunity to review public opinion polls and then consider a related critical thinking question.
  • "Careers in Criminal Justice" boxes feature profiles of people working in the field and current information on real-world job qualifications, outlooks, salaries, and more, such as growing opportunities with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
Table of Contents:
1. The Criminal Justice System.
2. Crime and Crime Causation.
3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.
4. Police.
5. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges.
6. Police and Law.
7. Courts and Adjudication
8. Pretrial Procedures, Plea Bargaining, and the Criminal Trial.
9. Punishment and Sentencing.
10. Corrections.
11. Incarceration and Prison Society.
12. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
13. Reentry into the Community.
14. Technology and Criminal Justice.
15. Juvenile Justice.
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Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305966086
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.

Online Test Bank

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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 -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text. Each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage to insure that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.

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