Higher Education

Criminal Justice in Action, 7th Edition

  • Larry K. Gaines California State University, San Bernardino
  • Roger LeRoy Miller Institute for University Studies, Arlington, Texas
  • ISBN-10: 1111835578  |  ISBN-13: 9781111835576
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
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  • Newer Edition Available

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Overview

As riveting and current as today's headlines--and filled with cutting-edge material that addresses the exploding number of careers available in the field--CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION, Seventh Edition, is designed with today's busy students and instructors in mind. Concepts make sense to students, thanks to vivid straight-from-the-headlines vignettes at the beginning of every chapter. Choosing what's important to remember is a snap with each chapter's numbered objectives, which are reinforced throughout the chapter as well as in the book's supplementary items. Thinking critically and writing aren't so intimidating for students with the guidance of practical new writing activities. Reviewers praise the book's crisp, clear topic coverage as much as its engaging magazine-style design and captivating writing, which combine to draw students--even today's visual learners--into the material.

Features and Benefits

  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION remains the most careers-orientated text available--with plentiful first-person accounts of criminal justice jobs to expose students to the wide range of rewarding careers available in the field as well as to essential fast facts on each career choice; an updated appendix to Chapter 1, "Criminal Justice Today," on careers and educational opportunities; and a full-size career poster focusing on employment in various law enforcement agencies.
  • "CJ and Technology" coverage, while easily identifiable, is integrated into the narrative so students are less likely to skip over technological innovations that are crucial to today's criminal justice system. Examples include the use of biometrics in police work, the use of transdermal alcohol testing, and the future of fingerprinting.
  • Each chapter ends with a "Criminal Justice in Action" feature, which helps sharpen students' writing and critical thinking skills. This feature introduces students to a controversial topic from the chapter and provides them with "for" and "against" arguments for the topic. Using information they've gleaned from the chapter, students are asked to give their opinion is essay form.
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION has an integrated Learning Objectives system aimed at helping students succeed. Each chapter opens with a set of Learning Objectives that guides students to the most important concepts as they read the chapter. Within the margins of the chapter, Learning Objective icons (LO) are placed alongside sections of the text that match that objective. The chapter concludes with the Chapter Summary, which repeats each Learning Objective and then responds with a short summary paragraph.

Table of Contents

Part 1: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
1. Criminal Justice Today.
2. Causes of Crime.
3. Defining and Measuring Crime.
4. Inside Criminal Law.
Part II: THE POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.
5. Law Enforcement Today.
6. Challenges to Effective Policing.
7. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement.
Part III: CRIMINAL COURTS.
8. Courts and the Quest for Justice.
9. Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action.
10. The Criminal Trial.
11. Punishment and Sentencing.
Part IV: CORRECTIONS.
12. Probation and Community Corrections.
13. Prisons and Jails.
14. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate.
Part V: SPECIAL ISSUES.
15. The Juvenile Justice System.
16. Homeland Security.
17. Today's Challenges: Immigration, Cyber Crime, and White Collar Crime.

What's New

  • All-new chapter opening vignettes help students see the relevance of chapter material and draw them into the assigned reading. These current, highly recognizable cases include the near-fatal shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona; James Arthur Ray's conviction for the deaths of three people who participated in his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" retreat near Sedona, Arizona; the continuing saga of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student fighting to overturn the verdict that she murdered her roommate in Perugia, Italy; and many others.
  • A new closing chapter, "Today's Challenges: Immigration Law, Cyber Crime, and White-Collar Crime," keeps students current by providing in-depth coverage of today's highest-profile issues.
  • The popular "You Be the Judge" feature has been broadened to cover a wide range of professions in the criminal justice field. The "You Be the . . . " features--for instance, "You Be the Police Officer" or "You Be the Defense Attorney"--spotlight a wealth of different career choices and facilitate scenario-based active learning.

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Lesson Plans  (ISBN-10: 1133174973 | ISBN-13: 9781133174974)

Revised by Nathan Moran of Midwestern State University to reflect content in the new edition, the Lesson Plans bring accessible, masterful teaching suggestions to every lesson. This supplement includes a sample syllabus, learning objectives, lecture notes, discussion topics, in-class activities, a detailed lecture outline, assignments, media tools, and "What if…" scenarios. Current events and real-life examples in the form of articles, websites, and video links are incorporated into the class discussion topics, activities, and assignments. The lecture outlines are correlated with PowerPoint® slides for ease of use in the classroom. Lesson Plans are included on the PowerLecture™ resource and available for download from the password-protected instructor book companion website.

Criminal Justice in Action, 7th: PowerLecture CD-ROM with ExamView Testing  (ISBN-10: 0840029233 | ISBN-13: 9780840029232)

This instructor DVD includes Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides (30% of which are revised for this edition), graphics from the text, an image library, and videos, making it easy for you to assemble, edit, and present custom lectures for your course. You'll also find comprehensive lesson plans and the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank. The DVD also includes ExamView® testing software for customizing tests of up to 250 items (delivered in print or online) using items from the Test Bank in computerized format. Finally, all of your media teaching resources in one place!

Criminal Justice in Action, 7th: Instructor’s Resource Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 113349112X | ISBN-13: 9781133491125)

Updated by Julie Campbell of University of Nebraska, Kearney, to reflect new content in the main text, the manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, discussion topics, student activities, and a test bank in which 30% of the questions have been revised. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay formats--with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the page numbers in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each test bank question 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 at the password-protected instructor book companion website; a print copy is available upon request.

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0840029225 | ISBN-13: 9780840029225)

An extensive student guide--developed by Janine Kremling of California State University, San Bernardino--features a variety of pedagogical aids to help students with diverse learning styles. Students will find learning objectives, chapter outlines and summaries, definitions of major terms, and self-tests with answers. Test questions are correlated to learning objectives; the objective with which each question correlates is cited in the answer key.

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133231403 | ISBN-13: 9781133231400)

Complement your text and course content with study and practice materials. Cengage Learning's Criminal Justice CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. Criminal Justice CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need.

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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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Skills Prep Module 2.0 for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 1133310508 | ISBN-13: 9781133310501)

SkillPrep is a unique 24 page module focused on study skills. This handy tool could be the key to better study habits for your students and fewer retention challenges for your department! Students can use the SkillPrep module to prepare for class with tips on studying, writing, taking tests, public speaking, and time management.

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Student Supplements

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0840029225 | ISBN-13: 9780840029225)

This guide includes a variety of pedagogical aids to help you master the course material, whatever your learning style. You'll find learning objectives, chapter outlines and summaries, definitions of major terms and figures, and self-tests--featuring questions correlated to the learning objectives, and answers so you can gauge your understanding.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133175759 | ISBN-13: 9781133175759)

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Interactive practice quizzes designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. True/false and multiple choice questions are included for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

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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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Quizzing with Flash Cards Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285789091 | ISBN-13: 9781285789095)

Interactive practice quizzes and flashcards designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. Flashcards contain terms and definitions for each chapter. Practice quizzes consist of true/false and multiple choice questions for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, practice quizzes and flashcards are already included.

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Skills Prep Module 2.0 for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 1133310508 | ISBN-13: 9781133310501)

SkillPrep is a unique 24 page module focused on study skills. This handy tool could be the key to better study habits for your students and fewer retention challenges for your department! Students can use the SkillPrep module to prepare for class with tips on studying, writing, taking tests, public speaking, and time management.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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 has resulted in a book with powerful "cop appeal."

Roger LeRoy Miller

Roger LeRoy Miller has served on the faculty of several respected universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law. As a professor, he has taught intellectual property law and entertainment law, among other subjects. A widely published and respected author, 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 authoritative textbooks on law, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES; BUSINESS LAW TODAY: TEXT & SUMMARIZED CASES; and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY. Professor Miller completed his studies at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago.