Introduction to criminal justice

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West/Wadsworth, 1999 - Law - 658 pages
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Intended for the Introductory Criminal Justice course, taught at the freshman or sophomore level at two- and four-year institutions in departments of criminal justice, sociology, and administration of justice.This book is written by the most successful author team in criminal justice. Senna and Siegel are known for their ability to effectively communicate difficult theoretical information in a balanced and thorough manner. This best-selling book is a highly comprehensive but approachable text. Its hallmarks are extensive and extremely thorough research, and up-to-the minute citations and presentation of legal issues written in an accessible manner. The book also focuses on the portrayal of the criminal justice system by the media and how our opinions of the system are shaped by media.

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joseph J. Senna graduated from Brooklyn College, Fordham University Graduate School Service, and Suffolk University Law School. Dr. Senna spent over fourteen years teaching law and justice courses at Northeastern University. In addition, he has served as an Assistant District Attorney, Director of Harvard Law School Prosecutorial Program, and consultant to numerous criminal justice organizations. His academic specialties include the areas of Criminal Law, Constitutional Due Process, Criminal Justice, and Juvenile Law. Dr. Senna lives with his wife and sons outside of Boston.

Larry J. Siegel was born in the Bronx in 1947. Growing up in the City, he became fascinated by the effects social forces had on human development and behavior. While attending the City College of New York in the 1960's, he came to the realization, at the tender age of 19, that he was destined to become a university professor. At CCNY, he was introduced to the study of crime and justice in courses taught by sociologist Charles Winick. His newly developing interest led him to attend the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his Master's thesis there in 1970, undertaking a study of attorneys in the juvenile court process, and then completed his Ph.D. degree in 1975 conducting a study measuring the effects of the juvenile court process on the self-image of youth. Dr. Siegel began his teaching career in 1971 at Northeastern University in Boston, where he taught courses on juvenile justice, research methods, and statistics. After leaving Northeastern in 1980, he held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He is currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including more than a dozen books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal procedure and other topics. He is a court certified expert on police conduct and has testified in numerous legal cases. He resides in Bedford, New Hampshire with his wife, Therese J. Libby, Esq. He is especially proud of his four children, Rachel, Eric, Andrew, and Julie.

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