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Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System, 6th Edition

  • J. Scott Harr Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College
  • Kären Matison Hess Normandale Community College, Minnesota
  • Christine Hess Orthmann Orthmann Writing and Research
  • Jonathon Kingsbury St. Cloud State University
  • ISBN-10: 128545796X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285457963
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • "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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.").

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285458346 | ISBN-13: 9781285458342)

The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285458354 | ISBN-13: 9781285458359)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text and feature some additional examples and real world cases for application and discussion.

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Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

Delivered via email, the Instant Access Code includes a URL and a code that students use to gain full access to the Careers in Criminal Justice Website, which helps them investigate the criminal justice career choices that are right for them. Students can take advantage of interest assessments, career profiles, video interviews, and a career Rolodex with links and tools to assist them in finding a professional position. There's also a career planner with sample résumés, letters, and interview questions, and a wealth of information on "soft skills" such as health and fitness, stress management, and effective communication.

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Student Supplements

Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

J. Scott Harr

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

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

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

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.