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This concise introductory criminal justice text uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to the field's foundations and individual components, as well as to many contemporary controversies in the justice system. Through the use of current issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, efforts to reform sentencing and reduce prison populations, and the impact of new technologies, this book highlights societal developments that pose new challenges for criminal justice professionals. Created as an alternative to more encyclopedic introductory texts, this reader-friendly bestseller incorporates ideas, themes, and theories from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Ninth Edition, teaches students to become better citizens by helping them think critically about what justice means in our society and how individuals can play a role in defining that meaning. What’s more, the MindTap® that accompanies this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with video cases, career-based decision-making scenarios, visual summaries, and more.
- "Current Controversies in Criminal Justice" features in each chapter highlight contemporary issues that challenge students to analyze proposed reforms for the justice system and think critically about highly-publicized matters that produce divergent opinions among the American public. Topics include racial disparities in police officers' stops and arrests, excessive use of lethal force, and privacy issues surrounding searches of cellphones for criminal evidence.
- MindTap for Criminal Justice in America, 9th Edition has met the Quality Matters Review Standards and is Quality Matters Certified. For more information, visit qualitymatters.org.
- "You Make the Decision" features in each chapter place students in the roles of police chiefs, prosecutors, judges, and police officers who must make decisions about actual situations that raise questions about ethics, constitutional rights, or public policy. These exercises encourage students to apply knowledge that they have gained about criminal justice to difficult problems that confront justice system officials.
- The new MindTap® for Criminal Justice in America is an online learning platform that offers customizable content, analytics, an e-reader, and an applied learning experience –- all delivered within your current learning management system. With its rich array of media assets –- all tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level –- MindTap engages students, guides them toward mastery of basic concepts, and advances their critical thinking and writing abilities.
- "A Question of Ethics: Think, Discuss, Write" features at the end of each chapter ask students to consider real cases concerning such topics as police use of force or probation officers' acceptance of bribes. Students are challenged to place themselves in the position of administrators who must think about how to organize and reform training, supervision, and other elements essential for addressing ethical lapses by justice system officials.
- To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter begins with learning objectives that are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding questions in the accompanying Test Bank.
- The authors' widely lauded interdisciplinary approach draws on research from criminology, law, history, sociology, psychology, and political science. This treatment facilitates a deeper understanding of the American criminal justice system by examining subjects such as social systems, social problems, determinants of individual behavior, government processes, policy making, and conceptions of morality and justice.
- "Close-up" essays and other real-life examples throughout the text draw on material from newspaper articles, court decisions, first-person accounts, and other current sources to show students the human implications of criminal justice policies and procedures.
- "Technology Issues in Criminal Justice" features in each chapter show students how the police, courts, and corrections have made the criminal justice system more effective through the use of innovations such as body-worn cameras, GPS, nonlethal weapons, patrol car computers, and other advanced technology.
- "The Policy Debate" features encourage lively discussion and debate by describing a policy issue such as aggressive policing or the death penalty, outlining its pros and cons, and then asking students to decide which policy they think the United States should adopt.
- "Criminal Justice: Myth and Reality" features in each chapter address common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice, providing an interesting and effective way to engage students, stimulate class discussion, and encourage critical thinking.
1. The Criminal Justice System.
2. Crime and Crime Causation.
3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.
Part II: POLICE.
5. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges.
6. Police and Law.
Part III: COURTS.
7. Courts and Adjudication
8. Pretrial Procedures, Plea Bargaining, and the Criminal Trial.
9. Punishment and Sentencing.
Part IV: CORRECTIONS.
11. Incarceration and Prison Society.
12. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
Part V: SPECIAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
13. Reentry into the Community.
14. Technology and Criminal Justice.
15. Juvenile Justice.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.
Online Test Bank
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text. Each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage to insure that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.
Online Instructor's Manual
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.
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