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NCJ Number: 198720 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice in Action, Second Edition
Author(s): Larry K. Gaines; Roger L. Miller
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 654
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-57247-2
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After providing an overview of America's criminal justice system, this textbook has major sections on the police, the criminal courts, corrections, and "special issues" (juvenile justice, "war on drugs," and "cyber crime").
Abstract: One of the three chapters on the criminal justice system considers the nature of crime; the purpose, structure, and process of the criminal justice system; the values of the criminal justice system; and trends and issues in criminal justice. The other chapters on the criminal justice system address the measurement and explanation of crime and issues related to criminal law. The four chapters on the police focus on police as agents of law and order, the organization and strategies of policing, laws that govern various aspects of policing, and issues that can enhance or impede effective policing (recruitment and training, police subculture, police safety, the use of force, and police corruption and accountability). The four chapters on criminal courts consider the organization, functions, and personnel of the courts; the adversarial character of pretrial procedures; the procedures of the criminal trial; and punishment and sentencing. The three chapters on corrections address probation and community corrections, prisons and jails, and the life of an inmate. The concluding section of the book has chapters on the juvenile justice system, an analysis of the ongoing war against illegal drugs, and the nature of and countermeasures for computer-related crime. The book provides various learning tools and aids for the instructor; the latter includes a three-chapter demonstration CD-ROM of instructional aids. Chapter resources, glossary, index of cases, name and subject indexes, and appended copy of the U.S. Constitution and actual court decisions for analysis
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Computer related crime; Court procedures; Criminal justice system analysis; Criminal justice system management; Drug Policy; Jails; Juvenile justice system; Police misconduct; Police organizational structure; Police responsibilities; Police use of deadly force; Pretrial procedures; Prison climate; Probation; Sentencing/Sanctions
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