Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction

Paperback | January 6, 2017

byFrank J. Schmalleger

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For courses in Introduction to Criminal Justice


The gold standard for criminal justice texts
Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, Twelfth Edition
, offers a contemporary, authoritative look at crime in America with a focus on police, courts, and corrections. To make information resonate with students, Schmalleger asks readers to consider the balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes. A wealth of Internet resources along with author tweets (@schmalleger) extends chapter material and provides up-to-the minute information on this ever-evolving field. Its unifying theme, unmatched timeliness, and coverage of trends and technology make this text the standard by which all other brief texts are judged.


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For courses in Introduction to Criminal Justice The gold standard for criminal justice texts Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, Twelfth Edition, offers a contemporary, authoritative look at crime in America with a focus on police, courts, and corrections. To make information resonate with students, Schmalleger asks reade...

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he is also recognized as Distinguished Professor. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and The Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from The Ohio ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 10.7 × 8.4 × 0.8 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0134548620

ISBN - 13:9780134548623

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Table of Contents

PART 1: Crime in America
1. What Is Criminal Justice?
2. The Crime Picture
3. Criminal Law
PART 2: Policing
4. Policing: Purpose and Organization
5. Policing: Legal Aspects
6. Policing: Issues and Challenges
PART 3: Adjudication
7. The Courts
8. The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial
9. Sentencing
PART 4: Corrections
10. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
11. Prisons and Jails
12. Prison Life
PART 5: The Juvenile Justice System
13. Juvenile Justice