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NCJ Number: 136118 Find in a Library
Title: America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 4th Edition
Author(s): D W Neubauer
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 509
Sponsoring Agency: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-15432-8
Sale Source: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co
511 Forest Lodge Road
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This undergraduate textbook provides students with a working knowledge of the major structures and basic legal concerns underlying the criminal court system in the U.S.
Abstract: The criminal courts must decide three essential issues whether the defendant is guilty; if so, what punishment should be applied; and if the government has followed the rules for investigation crimes and convicting defendants. Another objective of this textbook is to examine the changing dynamics of the criminal court process. Employing a spiral approach, this book presents a core of information and works outward to cover a wider range of relevant issues. The first section overviews the legal basis of the criminal courts. The second part introduces the legal actors including judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys and describes their interrelationships. This is followed by a discussion of the stages of the criminal process and an analysis of why certain cases are removed from the process or bargained out. The fourth section focuses on the dynamics of courtroom sentencing, while the book concludes by identifying problems with the system and several key aspects of potential reform. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Court system
Index Term(s): Court personnel; Court procedures; Court reform; Sentencing factors
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