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NCJ Number: 186588 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Courts for the 21st Century
Editor(s): Lisa Stolzenberg; Stewart J. D'Alessio
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 436
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall (Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc)
Paramus, NJ 07652-5240
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-080549-1
Sale Source: Prentice Hall (Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc)
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240 Rrisch Court
Paramus, NJ 07652-5240
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a collection of readings concerning issues relating to criminal courts.
Abstract: The book examines the structure and operation of lower court systems, drug diversion courts, and juvenile courts. It also considers the controversial prosecutions of pregnant women who use illicit drugs. It explores several key factors that influence the processing of criminal defendants, including bail guidelines, pretrial drug testing programs, and plea bargaining. In addition, it examines issues pertaining to eyewitness identification, lineups, and using DNA evidence in the prosecution of criminal defendants. A section on the criminal trial focuses on the trial process, including the role of jury science, nonevidentiary social influences on the jury, and judicial misconduct during jury deliberations. The section also addresses the use of cameras in the courtroom, and whether jury deliberations should be recorded. Finally, the book investigates issues regarding the sanctioning of criminal offenders. The investigation covers such issues as racial discrimination in sentencing, victim rights, three-strike laws, capital punishment for juvenile offenders, and corporal punishment. Notes, tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Bail/Financial Release; Courtroom proceedings broadcasting; Criminal proceedings; DNA fingerprinting; Drug use; Juries; Juvenile diversion programs; Line-up; Plea negotiations; Sentencing/Sanctions; Trial procedures; Victim services
Note: Prentice Hall's Contemporary Justice Series
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