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NCJ Number: 157112 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice: Law and Politics, Sixth Edition
Editor(s): G F Cole
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 526
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-19686-1
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The articles in this criminal justice textbook are arranged to reflect the theme that criminal justice can be understood as a relationship between law and politics that operates within the context of an administrative system.
Abstract: The first section, dealing with the administration of justice, contains articles discussing models of the criminal process, the politicization of street crime, and a theory of street-level bureaucracy as a component of the criminal justice system. The following sections each deal with an actor in the criminal justice system: the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and the correctional system. Some of the specific issues examined by the contributing authors include police use of deadly force, plea bargaining, defense attorney perspectives on their relations with criminal clients, the effect of race on sentencing, and the use of intermediate sanctions. The chapters in the final section present a conservative and a liberal perspective on crime control and criminal justice policies. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections; Courts; Criminal justice overview texts; Defense counsel; Police policy development; Prosecution
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