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The American System of Criminal Justice, 14th Edition

  • George F. Cole University of Connecticut
  • Christopher E. Smith Michigan State University
  • Christina DeJong Michigan State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285458990  |  ISBN-13: 9781285458991
  • 800 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

This classic best seller, commonly referred to as "The Eagle," helps students discover the meaning of justice in our society and identify the roles individuals play in the criminal justice system. Examining criminal justice through an interdisciplinary lens, THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 14th Edition, presents elements from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science, and challenges students to balance the mechanics of the system with its human components. The text offers a relevant introduction to the field with solid scholarship and approachable writing, and holds student attention with current, compelling events and cases. The combination of these elements helps prepare students to participate in the system as citizens and future criminal justice practitioners.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter includes several "Stop and Analyze" critical thinking features. These higher-order questions check students' understanding of what they have just read; some questions challenge students to develop arguments and conclusions about their own positions. "Debating the Issue" sections within the text's boxed inserts can be used to spur classroom discussion or as writing assignments.
  • "Technology and Criminal Justice" features highlight important new technologies that affect the system today. For example, Chapter 2 provides a discussion of the ways in which technologies such as cell phones and social media are being used both in the commission of, and in the investigation of, criminal activities. In Chapter 9, a boxed feature introduces technological innovations in jail administration.
  • The text's primary themes--1) criminal justice as a social system, including multiple subsystems, and 2) criminal justice as an interdisciplinary endeavor based on criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science--broaden your students' perspectives on criminal justice.
  • "Civic Engagement: Your Role in the System" expands on the civic engagement theme introduced in Chapter 1. After presenting real-life examples, this feature prompts students to apply what they are learning to a deeper exploration of the topic, and then compare their response to real-world results via the Internet.
  • Because public opinion plays an important role in the policy-making process in a democracy, the text features unique "What Americans Think" insets to engage students through the use of public opinion polls on controversial criminal justice issues. This feature allows students to see how their opinions compare with the national perspective.
  • "Close Up" boxes provide real-life examples that draw on newspapers, court decisions, first-person accounts, and other current sources, illustrating how theory plays out in practice as well as the human implications of policies and procedures in criminal justice.
  • "New Directions in Criminal Justice Policy" delivers unparalleled coverage of policy issues, showing how criminal justice policy affects the system as well as the role of public opinion in policy formation.
  • "Doing Your Part" inserts--each with a "Researching the Internet" activity--describe roles played by individuals who assist the police, crime victims, courts, and prisoners through voluntary activity or by promoting reforms. The authors hope to encourage students to consider how they might contribute in their own way to a just society.
  • Numbered learning objectives in each chapter, which guide students toward the most important topics of study, are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz/test items.

Table of Contents

Part I: CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
1. Crime and Justice in America.
2. Victimization and Criminal Behavior.
3. The Criminal Justice System.
4. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.
Part II: POLICE.
5. Police.
6. Police Officers and Law Enforcement Operations.
7. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges.
8. Police and Constitutional Law.
Part III: COURTS.
9. Courts and Pretrial Processes.
10. Prosecution and Defense.
11. Determination of Guilt: Plea Bargaining and Trials.
12. Punishment and Sentencing.
Part IV: CORRECTIONS.
13. Corrections.
14. Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
15. Incarceration and Prison Society.
16. Reentry Into the Community.
Part V: THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM.
17. Juvenile Justice.

What's New

  • Thoroughly updated, this edition also includes a new emphasis on the importance of evidence-based practice in criminal justice. The contemporary effort to apply systematic social science research to shape criminal justice policies and practices is highlighted through numerous examples in "New Directions in Criminal Justice Policy features." Topics include evidence-based practices concerning the release of sex offenders into the community, the physical and psychological well-being of police officers, police patrol emphases on "hot spots" and problem-oriented policing, and public surveillance technology.
  • The "Question of Ethics" features at the end of each chapter are all new, and now emphasize examples drawn from news reports. Topics include police honesty in conducting stops and filing reports on crimes, questioning suspects, use of force, and judges' behavior. These features give students an opportunity to role play and hone their ethical decision-making skills. Each "dilemma" presented is followed by a "Critical Thinking and Analysis" writing exercise.
  • New technology topics include emerging issues such as transnational cybercrimes, the epidemic of smartphone thefts, police use of predictive software, license plate readers, and domestic use of aerial drones for law enforcement purposes. There is also new material on transnational crimes, recurring victimization, decriminalization of marijuana, use of smartphones by patrol officers, specialized courts, terrorism, and many other key topics.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285460502 | ISBN-13: 9781285460505)

Updated to reflect new content in the main text, 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 featuring a 20% increase in the number of questions as compared to the prior edition. 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-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285854403 | ISBN-13: 9781285854403)

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. Available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website, the presentations and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

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LMS Integrated MindTap® Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285840283 | ISBN-13: 9781285840284)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ Criminal Justice resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

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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

George F. Cole

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 was co-author of several other Cengage Learning/Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with Christopher E. Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, 11th Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 3rd Edition (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, 10th Edition (with Marc Gertz).

Christopher E. Smith

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 100 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/Wadsworth include THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with George Cole and Christina DeJong), LAW AND CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.

Christina DeJong

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 the Cengage Learning/Wadsworth book, THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with George Cole and Christopher E. Smith).