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NCJ Number: 157136 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice Procedure, Fifth Edition
Author(s): R L Carlson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 355
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87084-136-X
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The adversary system of criminal justice in the United States is reviewed; various steps preceding trial and the trial process itself are outlined; and rules governing posttrial proceedings, including appeals, habeas corpus hearings, and probation and parole processes, are clarified.
Abstract: In the context of the U.S. criminal justice system, the author identifies such relevant factors as fear of crime, the effect of longer imprisonment for convicted felons, increased court caseloads, drug-related crimes, and civil liberties. His analysis of the criminal case process includes an overview of criminal justice in the United States, as well as detailed procedural information on arrests, preliminary hearings, bail, the charging process, guilty pleas, criminal trials, sentencing, and special problems such as trial location and double jeopardy. Other criminal proceedings are described that encompass juvenile justice, misdemeanors, damage suits against police, and prisoner rights. The role of advocates, defense attorneys, prosecutors, police officers, and judges in the adversary system of criminal justice is examined, and the need for support and reform of this system is stressed. Selected provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are appended. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal justice overview texts; Criminal justice system analysis; Criminal justice system effectiveness; Criminal justice system reform; Criminal procedures; Criminal proceedings; Criminology overview texts; Juvenile justice system; Police; Trial procedures
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