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NCJ Number: 166680 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice: An Introduction
Author(s): P P Purpura
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 414
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7506-9630-3
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann
225 Wildwood Ave
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text was written for students enrolled in introductory criminal justice courses and for citizens who would like to be better informed about the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The text provides a foundation of terminology, concepts, theories, examples, and illustrations to help the reader understand and analyze the criminal justice system in the United States. Each chapter begins with a list of objectives and list of key terms and names. Examples and illustrations help the reader understand both theory and practice, and boxes are used to highlight criminal justice issues, innovative programs, interesting stories, important statistics, people who have contributed to the field, major U.S. Supreme Court cases, international perspectives, and sources of additional information. The text is designed not only to complement the traditional lecture approach but also to facilitate critical thinking about criminal justice. The first chapter focuses on the basics of criminal justice system, victimization, and an innovative model of victim justice. Subsequent chapters cover the measurement of crime and victimization, criminal law and constitutional rights, the criminal justice system, the history and structure of the police, police functions and strategies, police legal constraints, the history and structure of courts and corrections, correctional alternatives, and juvenile justice. A list of U.S. constitutional amendments often cited in criminal justice literature and case law is appended. Notes, tables, and photographs
Main Term(s): Criminology overview texts
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Corrections; Course materials; Court structure; Courts; Criminal justice overview texts; Criminal law; History of corrections; History of criminal justice; History of policing; Juvenile justice system; Police; Police organizational structure; Police responsibilities
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