Higher Education

The Criminal Justice System: Politics and Policies, 10th Edition

  • George F. Cole University of Connecticut
  • Marc G. Gertz Florida State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111346631  |  ISBN-13: 9781111346638
  • 656 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $104.25



Longtime market-leader THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, 10/e combines the enduring classics in the development of criminal justice policy with the latest developments from the field--and most recent debates from Congress. Exposing students to primary sources and the most current, cutting-edge research available, this proven reader allows students to see research-framed debates discussed in our administration of justice. It promotes a more thorough understanding of the structure and function of the criminal justice system while highlighting critical cross cutting themes, such as discretion, the sources of power and authority inside institutions, and how the public may impact our choices of laws and the way laws are written. Offering the ideal balance of depth and breadth, the reader includes timely topics and articles from every branch of the discipline. The Tenth Edition is packed with updated statistics and authoritative coverage of such key topics as DNA/wrongful convictions, prison overcrowding, white-collar crime, cyber crime, ethics, technology, evidence-based practice, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • First published in 1972, this classic text helped define how research affects policy in the criminal justice system.
  • Offering the valuable insight that comes from a qualified, talented, and proven author team, Cole and Gertz present an advanced look at the criminal justice system from both political and policy perspectives.
  • This reader’s concise introductions clearly point out important concepts and doctrines, followed by articles that integrate the concepts and show how they apply in today’s dynamic criminal justice system.
  • Each Part introduction highlights how this compilation explores the links among politics, law, culture, public opinion, the media, and the criminal justice system.
  • Each section offers suggestions for future readings, emphasizing easily accessible, reader-friendly choices that help students fully understand the context of criminal justice.

Table of Contents

1. Two Models of the Criminal Process. Herbert L. Packer.
2. Racial Politics, Racial Disparities, and the War on Crime. Michael Tonry.
3. Rehabilitation and Retribution: Divergent Goals, Similar Paths. TBA.
4. Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety. James Q. Wilson and George Kelling.
5. The Preventative Effects of Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence. Christopher D. Maxwell, Joel H. Garner, and Jeffrey A. Fagan.
6. Militarizing the Police. Peter Kraska.
7. Suspicion and Discretion: Decision Making During Citizen Stops. Geoffrey P. Alpert, John M. MacDonald, and Roger G. Dunham.
8. Policing Immigration: Federal Laws and Local Police. Scott H. Decker, Paul G. Lewis, Doris Marie Provine, and Monica W. Varsanyi.
9. Legitimacy, Trust and Confidence: Promoting Support and Cooperation. Tom R. Tyler.
10. Terrorism and Local Police. Christopher W. Ortiz, Nicole J. Hendricks, and Naomi F. Sugie, Ronald V. Clarke and Graeme R. Newman.
11. Enforcing the Law: The Stress of Being a Police Officer. Judith A. Waters and William Ussery.
12. Less Than Lethal Use of Force. Gary M. Vilke and Theodore C. Chan.
13. The Adversarial System in Perspective: A Comparison of the Adversarial and Inquisitorial Court Process. TBA.
14. The Decision to Prosecute. George F. Cole.
15. The Practice of Law as Confidence Game: Organization Co-Optation of a Profession.Abraham S. Blumberg.
16. The Process is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court. Malcolm M. Feeley.
17. Public Opinion and Supreme Court Decision Making. Kevin T. McGuire and James A. Stimson.
18. The Vanishing Trial. Marc Galanter.
19. Prosecutorial Discretion: Making the Crime Fit the Penalty. David Bjerk.
20. Between Prison and Probation: Toward a Comprehensive Punishment System. Norval Morris and Michael Tonry.
21. What Works? Question and Answers about Prison Reform. Robert Martinson.
22. Reentry Reconsidered: A New Look at an Old Question. Jeremy Travis and Joan Petersilia.
23. The Aging Inmate. R.V. Rikard and Ed Rosenberg.
24. The Privatization of Incarceration. Anna Lukemeyer, Richard C. McCorkle, David W. Miller.
25. Mental Illness in Prisons. Pamela M. Diamon, Eugene W. Wang, Charles E. Holzer III, Christopher Thomas, and des Anges Cruser.
26. Alternative Incarceration: Boot Camps. Grant Duwe and Deborah Kerschner.
27. The Unique Experience of Female Prisoners. Thomas Baker, Laura Bedard, and Marc G. Gertz.
28. Criminal Justice Policy without Theory or Research. Daniel Mears.
29. Prevention and Treatment from a Biosocial Perspective. Kevin Beaver.
30. An Overview of Gun Control Policy in the United States. Gary Kleck.
31. Drugs, Crime, and Policy. TBA.
32. Specialized Courts. TBA.
33. Putting Justice Back into Criminal Justice: Notes for a Liberal Criminal Justice Police. Samuel Walker and George F. Cole.

What's New

  • New! Each part opener has been thoroughly updated to include references to current, headline-making cases to help students easily make the connection between theory and real-world application.
  • New! Keeping this book on the cutting edge of policy discussions, the new Tenth Edition features even more statistics and up-to-the-minute information on such key topics as DNA/wrongful convictions, prison overcrowding, community corrections, prisoner re-entry, electronic monitoring/home confinement, boot camps, juveniles, white collar crime, cyber crime, ethics, technology in criminal justice, and evidence-based practice.
  • New! The text’s signature “what works model” has been expanded, offering even more current, insightful coverage.
  • New! Each reading now includes 4-5 critical thinking questions that can be used as assignments or to spark lively class discussion.

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Instructor Supplements

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

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).

Marc G. Gertz

Marc G. Gertz is a professor at Florida State University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976. His interests include public law/judicial process and behavior, administration of criminal justice, public administration/organization theory, public policy in the criminal justice system, American politics, and research methods. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Connecticut, Storrs.