Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the Twenty-First Century

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Prentice Hall, Aug 1, 1998 - Law - 194 pages
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THE bestselling four-color book/multimedia package in the field, this introduction to criminal justice provides a realistic description of the American criminal justice system and how it works--police, courts, and corrections. Using a three-pronged thematic approach, it provides an intricately woven picture of contemporary American criminal justice, assumes a forward-looking perspective that recognizes the importance of individual rights, social order, multiculturalism, and high-technology as they affect the day-to-day practice of criminal justice, and gives serious emphasis to terrorism as a crime. Incorporates the most authoritative, reliable, and current information, statistics, and court cases, and provides citations to online criminal justice mega-sources that are constantly updated. Features a variety of issues-oriented, career, and the future boxes throughout. An accompanying simulations CD features real-life scenarios based on actual U.S. Supreme Court cases that enable readers to put themselves in the role(s) of police officer, judge, probation officer, legislator, and corrections official. What Is Criminal Justice? The Crime Picture. The Search for Causes. Criminal Law. Policing: History and Structure. Police Management. Policing: Legal Aspects. The Courts. The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial. Sentencing. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections. Prisons and Jails. Prison Life. Juvenile Justice. Drugs and Crime. Multinational Criminal Justice. The Future of Criminal Justice. For those in law enforcement, the court system, corrections, juvenile delinquency, probation, parole, and private security.

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Contents

The Crime Pjcture
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CRiiviiNAl Law 51
36
PoliCe MANAqeMeNT
49
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

FRANK SCHMALLEGER, Ph.D. is Director of the Justice Research Association, a private consulting firm and think tank focusing on issues of crime and justice. The Justice Research Association, which is based in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, serves the needs of the nation's civil and criminal justice planners and administrators through workshops, conferences, and grant-writing and program-evaluation support. It can be reached on the Web at http: /cjcentral.com/jra. Dr. Schmalleger is also founder and codirector of the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium (http: /cjcentral.com.cjdlc).

Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's degree (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years he chaired the university's Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. As an adjunct professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university's graduate program in Security Administration and Loss Prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research's online graduate program, helping build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Web developer, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including some which support this textbook (http: //www.prenhall.com/schmalleger;http: //cjtoday.com; and http: //talkjustic.com/cybrary.asp).

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used "Criminology Today" (Prentice Hall, 1999); "Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction" (Prentice Hall, 2001); "Criminal Law Today" (Prentice Hall, 1999), "Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia" (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997), "Trial of the Century: People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson" (Prentice Hall, 1996); "Computers in Criminal Justice" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); "Career Paths: A Guide to Jobs in Federal Law Enforcement" (Regents/Prentice Hall, 1994); "Criminal Justice Ethics" (Greenwood Press, 1991); "Finding Criminal Justice in the Library" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); "Ethics in Criminal Justice" (Wyndham Hall Press, 1990); "A History of Corrections" (Foundations Press of Notre Dame, 1983); and "The Social Basis of Criminal Justice" (University Press of America, 1981).

Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal "The Justice Professional. He serves as editor for the Prentice Hall series "Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century" and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group's criminal justice reference series.

Schmalleger's philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: "To communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person's interest--be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must--in some way--help solve those problems.

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