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NCJ Number: 62511 Find in a Library
Title: UNDERSTANDING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Author(s): J L BARKAS
Corporate Author: Public Affairs Cmtte, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Public Affairs Cmtte, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Public Affairs Cmtte, Inc
381 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: INTENDED FOR THE LAY READER, THIS PUBLIC READERS PAMPHLET DELINEATES THE KINDS OF LAW AND THE PROCESSES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT MAKE UP THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Abstract: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES IS DESCRIBED, BEGINNING WITH ENGLISH COMMON LAW, AND CONTINUING WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW, AND THE DIVISION OF CRIME INTO FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS. EXAMPLES ARE USED TO ILLUSTRATE SITUATIONS, AND CASES ARE CITED. AN OVERVIEW INDICATES THE COMPONENTS OF THE SYSTEM: CRIMINAL LAW, LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTORS, LAWYERS, JUDGES, PAROLE AND PROBATION OFFICERS, CORRECTION OFFICERS, INMATES, VICTIMS, WITNESSES AND OTHERS. THE BOOKLET NOTES THAT INTERPRETATION OF LAW VARIES FROM STATE TO STATE AND FROM JUDGE TO JUDGE, AND THAT COURT PROCEDURES ARE NOT UNIFIED. IT ALSO DISCUSSES PROCEDURES FOR CHANGING THE LAW, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITIZEN AND POLICE, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS, GRAND JURIES, PLEA BARGAINING, COURT DIVERSION, AND QUESTIONS OF CITIZEN AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. ILLUSTRATIONS ARE INCLUDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Criminal justice education; Instructional aids; Summaries
Note: PUBLIC AFFAIRS PAMPHLET N 574
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