Higher Education

Criminal Justice in Action, 8th Edition

  • Larry K. Gaines California State University, San Bernardino
  • Roger LeRoy Miller Institute for University Studies, Arlington, Texas
  • ISBN-10: 1285458982  |  ISBN-13: 9781285458984
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

As riveting and current as today's headlines, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION, Eighth 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 and plentiful real-world examples throughout. 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 become less intimidating for students with the guidance of practical 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. Updated throughout, the Eighth Edition includes more material on victims, a stronger emphasis on domestic terrorism, a new emphasis on social media, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION remains the most career-oriented 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 facts on each career choice, including job qualifications, annual salary range, and the new Social Media Career tips described above.
  • "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 in essay form.

Table of Contents

Part I: 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: 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 Trail.
11. Punishment and Sentencing.
Part IV: CORRECTIONS.
12. Probation, Parole, 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. Today's Challenges: Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime, and International Terrorism.

What's New

  • All-new chapter opening vignettes help students see the relevance of chapter material and draw them into the reading. Examples include a look into the possible reasons behind James Holmes' actions in 2012 when he killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 58 others in Colorado (Chapter 2); two sides of law enforcement's relationship with social media (Chapter 6); and an explanation for the jail sentence handed down in 2012 to Dharun Ravi, convicted of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation for viewing Tyler Clementi--who later committed suicide--with another man via a webcam (Chapter 11).
  • Chapters 16 and 17 from the seventh edition have been combined into a single chapter, "Today's Challenges: Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime, and International Terrorism." This change reduces the total number of chapters to sixteen, providing a better match for semester-length classes.
  • Chapter 3, "Defining and Measuring Crime," presents a major new focus on victims in the criminal justice system. Victimization also has a greater presence where appropriate throughout the text. For example, Chapter 1 contains an introduction to victim issues, Chapter 11 addresses the role that victims play in determining punishment, Chapter 12 discusses the role that victims play in the parole decision, and Chapter 15 includes a discussion of juvenile victims.
  • A new social media feature in the margins directs students to their browser to search for a website--the FBI's Twitter account, for example, or the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Facebook page--where they can access a ready stream of information concerning various aspects of American criminal justice.
  • New "Social Media Career Tips" have been added to each "Careers in CJ" feature to familiarize students with the ways in which these new tools can be both helpful and harmful to Criminal Justice professionals.
  • New "Countering Domestic Terrorism" features address this growing threat, discussing homegrown terrorists, the diversity of hate, protecting sensitive installations, and much more.
  • The material on parole has been moved to Chapter 12 and combined with coverage of probation. A new Chapter 12 title, "Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections," reflects this change.
  • The layout of each chapter title page more clearly connects the Learning Objectives to the chapter's headings. Each chapter continues to have eight to ten Learning Objectives, which are placed within the margins of the chapter to highlight the content, and then used as the basis for the chapter summary. This effective integrated system of Learning Objectives reinforces student understanding and aids in learning assessment.

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285459083 | ISBN-13: 9781285459080)

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-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285854268 | ISBN-13: 9781285854267)

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.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285854284 | ISBN-13: 9781285854281)

A flexible, online system that allows you to: mport, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the Criminal Justice in Action test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap® Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Gaines/Miller's Criminal Justice in Action  (ISBN-10: 1285765451 | ISBN-13: 9781285765457)

MindTap Criminal Justice for Gaines/Miller's for Criminal Justice in Action, 8E is a personalized, fully online digital learning platform of authoritative Cengage Learning content, assignments, and services that engages your students with interactivity while also offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and enhancement of the curriculum via complimentary web-apps known as MindApps. MindApps range from ReadSpeaker (which reads the text out-loud to students), to Kaltura (allowing you to insert inline video and audio into your curriculum) to ConnectYard (allowing you to create digital "yards" through social media –all without "friending" your students). MindTap Criminal Justice for Gaines/Miller's for Criminal Justice in Action, 8E is well beyond an eBook, a homework solution or digital supplement, a resource center website, a course delivery platform or a Learning Management System. It is the first in a new category--the Personal Learning Experience.

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LMS Integrated MindTap® Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128584016X | ISBN-13: 9781285840161)

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

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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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MindTap® Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Gaines/Miller's Criminal Justice in Action  (ISBN-10: 1285765451 | ISBN-13: 9781285765457)

MindTap™ Criminal Justice for Gaines/Miller's Criminal Justice in Action, 8th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

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LMS Integrated MindTap® Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128584016X | ISBN-13: 9781285840161)

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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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

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.