The Law

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Infobase Publishing, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 166 pages
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To deter crime, punish criminals, and uphold order, society creates and enforces laws. The Law explains the principles of criminal law, their history and roots, and how they have been applied in the United States. Beginning with a definition of what the law is, this book discusses how and why laws are made and enacted and looks at local, state, and federal laws and how they interact. It examines how legal principles are applied to specific types of crime and how legal precedents are set. Case studies highlight how laws have evolved to respond to emerging types of crime as well as specific concerns, such as how the law should be applied to juveniles versus adults.

The Criminal Justice set takes readers on a step-by-step journey through crime, law enforcement, and criminal justice with a focus on these subjects in the United States of America. Each volume explains a major facet of crime and punishment and places it in context of the criminal justice system as a whole. Through historical and statistical facts combined with "you-are-there" case studies, this set will help readers understand crime, why and how laws are made and enforced, and the key social and political issues connected to criminal justice.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
9
The Nature of Criminal Law
13
The History of the Criminal Law
27
The Criminal Law and the American Federal System
43
The Process of Legislation
57
The Elements of Criminal Law
73
Criminal Procedure Investigating the Crime
93
The Juvenile Court System
127
Endnotes
140
Glossary
145
Bibliography
155
Further Resources
157
Index
159
About the Author
166
Copyright

Criminal Procedure The Trial
109

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About the author (2010)

BUCKNER F. MELTON Jr. is a historian and professor of law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His 1998 book The First Impeachment brought him to the forefront of the Clinton impeachment debate.

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