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America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 11th Edition

  • David W. Neubauer University of New Orleans
  • Henry F. Fradella Arizona State University and Member of the State Bar of Arizona
  • ISBN-10: 1285061942  |  ISBN-13: 9781285061948
  • 648 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

The premier choice for Courts courses for decades, this popular text offers a comprehensive explanation of the courts and the criminal justice system, presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner that appeals to instructors and students alike. Neubauer and Fradella's crisp and clear writing, characterized by the organization of material into brief sections within chapters, ensures that readers gain a firm handle on the material. At the same time, the text's innovative "courtroom workhouse" model, which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, brings the courtroom to life. AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM has long been known for the way it gives students a true glimpse what it is like to work within the American criminal justice system, and the Eleventh Edition is no exception. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • This best-selling text on criminal courts features a unique emphasis on courthouse dynamics, which gives students a true sense of "being in the courthouse."
  • The book's unique themes--the law on the books, the law in action, and the law in controversy--provide students with a means of focusing on important issues and how to think critically about them.
  • "Case Close-Up" boxes in each chapter present an important court decision that has affected our nation's criminal justice system. These boxes also highlight the dynamic nature of courts in the United States.
  • The Eleventh Edition features three appendices: the U.S. Constitution; An Overview of the United States Constitution, focusing on those parts of the Constitution that describe the judicial system; and Legal Reasoning, an explanation of adjudication as the formal process by which legal disputes are judicially resolved in courts of law.
  • "Courts and Controversy" boxes deal with contentious issues in the criminal courts system and how these issues are resolved.
  • To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter begins with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to the text discussion and the end-of-chapter summary (Chapter Review). The Chapter Review is also linked to corresponding quiz/test items in the accompanying Test Bank.

Table of Contents

1. Courts, Crime, and Controversy.
2. Law and Crime.
3. Federal Courts.
4. State Courts.
5. The Dynamics of Courthouse Justice.
6. Prosecutors.
7. Defense Attorneys.
8. Judges.
9. Defendants and Victims.
10. From Arrest and Bail to Arraignment.
11. Disclosing and Suppressing Evidence.
12. Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty.
13. Trials and Juries.
14. Sentencing Options.
15. Sentencing Decisions.
16. Appellate and Habeas Corpus Review.
17. Juvenile Courts.

What's New

  • Completely revised and thoroughly updated, the Eleventh Edition is now a 17-chapter text (versus 19 chapters in the previous edition), which aligns more easily with the average semester length. Reorganizing and streamlining material not only yields a briefer book with fewer chapters, it also results in earlier coverage of lower courts, including traffic offenses, justices of the peace, and municipal courts – issues which students often find among the book's most engaging and relevant.
  • Increased coverage of contemporary issues facing America's courts includes media coverage of trials, forensics and its effect on juries and courtrooms, the CSI effect, decision-making and tracking technology, wrongful conviction, and much more.
  • The ever-increasing role of technology has been greatly expanded throughout the text, with discussion of how technology has affected the courts in ways ranging from electronic monitoring of offenders to social media in the courtroom.
  • Updated features in each chapter provide a contemporary lens for students to understand the dynamics and complexities affecting America's courts today. "Law, Courts and Media," "Case-Up Close," and "Courts and Controversy" boxes include topics such as Is It Time to End the War on Drugs?, Should DUI and Distracted Driving Prosecutions Be Increased?, Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults?, The Casey Anthony Trial, American Gangster, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and many other contemporary examples and issues.
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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285065743 | ISBN-13: 9781285065748)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David W. Neubauer

David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida, at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, both from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including Law and Society Review, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Law and Policy Quarterly. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.

Henry F. Fradella

Henry F. Fradella is a Professor in and Associate Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Clark University, both a master's in forensic science and a J.D. from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary justice studies from Arizona State University. In addition to having published more than 75 scholarly articles, comments, and reviews, Dr. Fradella is the author of eight other books, including four published by Wadsworth: AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL; KEY CASES, COMMENTS, AND QUESTIONS ON SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW; and FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: THE USE OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Dr. Fradella has twice served as a guest editor of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and as the Legal Literature editor of West's Criminal Law Bulletin for four terms (Volumes 41–44). A fellow of the Western Society of Criminology, he currently serves as the editor of the society's journal, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society. He teaches a variety of courses, including criminal law, criminal procedure, courts and judicial processes, and forensic psychology.