Criminal Justice in Action: The Core, 4th Edition

  • Larry K. Gaines California State University, San Bernardino
  • Roger LeRoy Miller Institute for University Studies, Arlington, Texas
  • ISBN-10: 0495094757
  • ISBN-13: 9780495094753
  • 495 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2004, 2001
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $91.00 
 

About The Solution

Overview

Using up-to-the-minute, vivid applications from today's headlines in a magazine-like design, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION: THE CORE offers students the most exciting, accessible, and applied book available for the introduction to criminal justice course. With just the right amount of coverage for your fast-paced course and correlated with superb media tools, this concise book does, indeed, place students in the center of the action. The book reaches students by utilizing stories and case studies that are familiar to them (or that shock them), and by providing information on the latest career options available to them with a degree in criminal justice. Combining the practical experience of Larry K. Gaines with Roger Miller's legal expertise and feedback from more than 100 reviewers and survey respondents, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION: THE CORE, Fourth Edition, is organized and designed from the ground up to meet professor needs.


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Features/Benefits

  • End-of-chapter "Criminal Justice in Action" features, which offer students the opportunity to explore current issues and controversies in greater detail; for example "The DNA Revolution," at the end of Chapter 6, explores DNA profiling in depth.
  • "Careers in CJ" boxes, featuring first-person accounts of criminal justice professionals as they discuss their jobs. These boxes, as well as the new Careers in Criminal Justice Web Site help students realize how many rewarding careers are available in the CJ field.
  • The most visual and engaging textbook available in criminal justice today. This edition adds to the book's reviewer-praised photo program with many riveting, new photographs that engage today's visually oriented student.
  • Giving students many opportunities for critical thinking, review, and reinforcement, this edition includes "Mastering Concepts" (correlated with interactive "Mastering Concepts" in the online CengageNOW product), "Concept Builders" (linked to three-step "Concept Builders" located at the Book Companion Web Site), "Questions for Critical Analysis," "Key Terms" (with page reference numbers), "You Be the Judge," and "Chapter Summaries" (in question/answer format), as well as many tutorial and review opportunities online at the Book Companion Web Site and through CengageNOW's diagnostic tests and Personalized Study for each student.
  • Engaging boxed features ("CJ and the Media," "CJ and Technology," "International CJ," and "CJ in Focus") enrich students' understanding of chapter material with real-world information.

What's New

  • Helping you present the latest material available, this edition includes hundreds of new and updated topics, including new material on national security concerns and a greatly expanded chapter on terrorism and cyber crime; new coverage of use of immigration law to seek out potential terrorists, military tribunals, and important new U.S Supreme Court decision affecting criminal justice; greatly expanded discussion of victimology; new programs and technologies in use by today's police departments; new coverage of corrections issues; and much more.
  • This edition offers many new chapter-opening vignettes. Offering you many great opportunities to initiate discussion of key chapter concepts, the chapter-opening vignettes feature recent events that give students real-life insights into chapter concepts, examining such topics as: the Duke University lacrosse team rape charges, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2006 ruling involving the ability of the police to conduct a warrantless search, and the recent arrests in Miami of seven terrorist wannabees.
  • New "Outside the Box" sections spotlight innovative criminal justice professionals, helping you show students how these professionals are using their creative talents to change and improve the criminal justice system. For example, "Navajo Peacemaker Courts," shows students how the use of community participation is helping the police resolve issues behind wrongdoing.
  • New "Careers to Explore" features at the end of every chapter direct students to the Book Companion Site, where they can review the career profiles and associated video interviews (where available). This feature also guides students to the Careers in Criminal Justice Web Site, where they can find a more comprehensive look at career options and planning.
  • This edition's expanded selection of teaching resources offers you everything you need to teach your course effectively, including PowerLecture; JoinIn™ on Turning Point® (which now includes ABC® News videos along with Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides of poll questions and tallied results); an Annotated Instructor's Edition with page-by-page guidance that includes teaching tips, lecture suggestions, video and technology tips and more; and CengageNOW, a complete course management and tutorial resource that quickly assesses students' progress and saves you time with ready-to-go chapter tests.

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Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice Today.
2. Causes of Crime.
3. Defining and Measuring Crime.
4. Inside Criminal Law.
5. Law Enforcement Today.
6. Challenges to Effective Policing.
7. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement.
8. Courts and the Quest for Justice.
9. Pretrial Procedures and the Criminal Trial.
10. Punishment and Sentencing.
11. Probation and Community Corrections.
12. Prisons and Jails.
13. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate.
14. The Juvenile Justice System.
15. Terrorism, Cyber Crime, and the Future.

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ExamView (Windows/Macintosh)  (ISBN-10: 0495100919 | ISBN-13: 9780495100911)

Contains all Test Bank questions electronically. Helps you create and customize tests in minutes! You can easily edit and import your own questions and graphics, and edit and maneuver existing questions. ExamView® offers flexible delivery and the ability to test and grade online.


Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0495100900 | ISBN-13: 9780495100904)

Contains learning objectives, chapter summaries, key terms, and extensive self-tests (multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and essay).

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Forensic Kit  (ISBN-10: 0495384089 | ISBN-13: 9780495384083)

Free to adopters of 50 copies or more. Enables you to show in class how police collect evidence at crime scenes. The kits contain the following items selected by author Larry Gaines: fingerprinting kit (that instructors can demonstrate in class) including brush and powder; evidence collection containers for blood, hair, soil, and paint chips; forensic tape; and handwriting analysis.


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Multimedia Manager: A Microsoft® PowerPoint® Tool with Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0495100897 | ISBN-13: 9780495100898)

An easy-to-use, one-stop digital library and presentation tool. With PowerLecture, you can assemble, edit, and present custom lectures with ease. PowerLecture contains preassembled PowerPoint lecture slides, polling/quizzing slides from JoinIn™, figures and tables from this book, and video clips. You can use the material as is or add your own material for a truly customized lecture presentation.


Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495100978 | ISBN-13: 9780495100973)

Completely updated and enhanced, the Instructor's Manual enables you to prepare for class more quickly and effectively with such resources as detailed chapter outlines, chapter objectives, key terms, discussion questions, student activities, popular media assignments, activity suggestions for online courses, a Resource Integration Guide, and transition guides. The peer-reviewed Test Bank, with its 70 questions per chapter in multiple/choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay formats, as well as a complete answer key containing relevant page numbers, saves you time in creating tests.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534573355 | ISBN-13: 9780534573355)

Build student interest and class discussion with short 5- to 10-minute video segments focused on current topics and high-profile cases. Recipient of several “New Media Magazine” awards, this interactive CD-ROM lets students play investigating officer, lawyer, parole officer, and judge in realistic scenarios.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume III  (ISBN-10: 0495129984 | ISBN-13: 9780495129981)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


InfoTrac College Edition Student Guide for Criminal Justice (Bundle Version)  (ISBN-10: 0534247199 | ISBN-13: 9780534247195)

NOT SOLD SEPARATELY. This 24-page guide helps students to make efficient use of the InfoTrac® College Edition database. Includes log-in help, a search tips sheet, and a topic list of suggested keyword search terms for criminal justice.


Moments in Time: The Oral History of Criminology and Criminal Justice Project  (ISBN-10: 0534617034 | ISBN-13: 9780534617035)

Moments in Time: created from the Oral History Project videos from the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


Video: Oral History, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534616011 | ISBN-13: 9780534616014)


Video: Oral History, Volume III  (ISBN-10: 053461602X | ISBN-13: 9780534616021)

Helps you show your students groundbreaking research in criminology that has changed our understanding of the discipline. Featured researchers include: David Farrington, Rolf Loeber, Joan McCord, John Laub, Simon Dinitz, Frank Scarpitti, and Marvin Wolfgang.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume III - DVD Version  (ISBN-10: 0495189510 | ISBN-13: 9780495189510)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume II - DVD Version  (ISBN-10: 0495189502 | ISBN-13: 9780495189503)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


Classroom Activities for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495103829 | ISBN-13: 9780495103820)

Stimulate student engagement with a compilation of the best of the best in criminal justice classroom activities. Novice and seasoned instructors will appreciate this powerful course customization tool containing tried-and-true favorites and exciting new projects drawn from the spectrum of criminal justice subjects, including introduction to criminal justice, criminology, corrections, criminal law, policing, and juvenile justice.


WebTutor™ ToolBox for WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274900 | ISBN-13: 9780534274900)

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Guide to Careers in Criminal Justice, 3rd  (ISBN-10: 0495130389 | ISBN-13: 9780495130383)

This handy guide, compiled by Caridad Sanchez-Leguelinel of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, gives students information on a wide variety of career paths, including requirements, salaries, training, contact information for key agencies, and employment outlooks.

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InfoTrac® College Edition Exercises for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 053455900X | ISBN-13: 9780534559007)

This 60-page booklet provides students with exercises for further research using InfoTrac® College Edition.

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Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495000418 | ISBN-13: 9780495000419)

Providing students with a basic introduction to academic, professional, and research writing in criminal justice, this text contains articles on writing skills, a basic grammar review, and a survey of on-the-job verbal communication that will benefit students in their current studies and throughout their careers.

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Terrorism and Homeland Security: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495129941 | ISBN-13: 9780495129943)

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Juvenile Justice: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 049512995X | ISBN-13: 9780495129950)

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Crisis Management and National Emergency Response: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac®  (ISBN-10: 0495129968 | ISBN-13: 9780495129967)

These readers, designed to give students a deeper taste of special topics in criminal justice, include free access to InfoTrac® College Edition. The timely articles are selected by experts in each topic from within InfoTrac College Edition.

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Cyber Crime: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495007226 | ISBN-13: 9780495007227)

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Annotated Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 049510096X | ISBN-13: 9780495100966)

This essential resource for instructors features teaching tips, suggestions for class discussion, technology tips, and video tips.


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0495100900 | ISBN-13: 9780495100904)

Contains learning objectives, chapter summaries, key terms, and extensive self-tests (multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and essay).

List Price = $46.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $35.00


CengageNOW, InfoTrac® 1-Semester, Careers in Criminal Justice Web Site 4.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495410381 | ISBN-13: 9780495410386)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

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InfoTrac College Edition Student Guide for Criminal Justice (Bundle Version)  (ISBN-10: 0534247199 | ISBN-13: 9780534247195)

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The Handbook of Selected Court Cases, 3rd  (ISBN-10: 0495003522 | ISBN-13: 9780495003526)

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WebTutor™ ToolBox for WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274900 | ISBN-13: 9780534274900)

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Guide to Careers in Criminal Justice, 3rd  (ISBN-10: 0495130389 | ISBN-13: 9780495130383)

Get information on a wide variety of career paths, including requirements, salaries, training, contact information for key agencies, and employment outlooks with this handy guide compiled by Caridad Sanchez-Leguelinel of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Criminal Justice Internet Investigator III  (ISBN-10: 0534568327 | ISBN-13: 9780534568320)

Get a list of the most popular Internet addresses for criminal justice-related websites in a colorful, tri-fold brochure.

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InfoTrac® College Edition Exercises for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 053455900X | ISBN-13: 9780534559007)

This "cheat sheet" provides search terms for your criminal justice course, plus quick help guides for getting the most from InfoTrac® College Edition.

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Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495000418 | ISBN-13: 9780495000419)

Offering a practical introduction to academic, professional, and research writing in criminal justice, this proven text uses articles on writing skills, a basic grammar review, and a survey of on-the-job verbal communication to equip you with skills that will serve you well now and throughout your career.

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Juvenile Justice: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 049512995X | ISBN-13: 9780495129950)

These readers, designed to give students a deeper taste of special topics in criminal justice, include free access to InfoTrac® College Edition. The timely articles are selected by experts in each topic from within InfoTrac College Edition.

List Price = $61.95  | CengageBrain Price = $49.49  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $45.75


Crisis Management and National Emergency Response: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac®  (ISBN-10: 0495129968 | ISBN-13: 9780495129967)

These readers, designed to give students a deeper taste of special topics in criminal justice, include free access to InfoTrac® College Edition. The timely articles are selected by experts in each topic from within InfoTrac College Edition.

List Price = $61.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $45.75


WebTutor™ ToolBox for Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274919 | ISBN-13: 9780534274917)

WebTutor Toolbox offers basic online study tools including learning objectives, flashcards and practice quizzes.

List Price = $22.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.00

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Cyber Crime: Current Perspectives from InfoTrac® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495007226 | ISBN-13: 9780495007227)

These readers, designed to give students a deeper taste of special topics in criminal justice, include free access to InfoTrac® College Edition. The timely articles are selected by experts in each topic from within InfoTrac College Edition.

List Price = $49.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $37.00


Meet the Author

About the Author

Larry K. Gaines

Larry Gaines is chair of his department and a longtime, well-known figure in the field, both as an educator and in law enforcement. Highly respected and well liked in the discipline, he is also a former law enforcement officer whose experience heightens the book's real-world orientation.

Roger LeRoy Miller

Roger LeRoy Miller has served on the faculty of several universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught intellectual property law, entertainment law, and other subjects. Widely published, his work has appeared in the INSURANCE COUNSEL JOURNAL, DEFENSE RESEARCH, CALIFORNIA TRIAL LAWYERS JOURNAL, ANTITRUST BULLETIN, WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW, and CONNECTICUT LAW REVIEW. He has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES: LEGAL, ETHICAL, GLOBAL, AND CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT; THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES: ETHICAL, REGULATORY, GLOBAL, AND CORPORATE ISSUES; BUSINESS LAW TODAY; and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY. He completed his studies at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

"This is hands-down the most effective introductory text I have encountered, and my students love it. . . . It is the essential text for students who are being introduced to the field of criminal justice. Compressed, yet thorough, the text enabled me to address each area of the criminal justice system in a 16-week course. . . . My students enjoy the text because it is so accessible. They feel they are better able to master the material. . . . I do not have to use precious time in class reiterating the information contained in the chapters; rather, students are able to work through the subjects independently with the Web tools as a guide. . . . A very clearly written text."
— Julie Campbell, University of Nebraska at Kearney
"Interesting, accurate and timely presentation of terrorism and cyber crime. . . . Good, simple explanation of the court systems and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and judges. . . . Good comparison of federal criminal courts and military courts; today most of us have several military students and this is helpful in explaining the differences in the court systems."
— Caryl Poteete, Illinois Central College

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