Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction

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Prentice Hall, 2000 - Law - 499 pages
Builds upon a central them of individual rights vs. societal interests and provides the most current data available from the National Institute of Justice, with advanced computer graphics program integrated throughout for visual support. Thoroughly examines a variety of topics, including the legal environment of the police and corrections; issues facing women and minorities in today's justice system; direct supervision jails and much more. Contains two series of informative boxes (one focusing on careers in criminal justice; the other examining criminal justice in the 21st century), and integrates many eye-catching photos throughout. Third Edition highlights include new material on Megan's Law, homophobic homicides, smart guns, prison gangs, and more, plus many new U.S. Supreme Court cases. A dedicated web site now provides the latest breaking news in the justice field (http: //

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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. JRA also sponsors the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium (CJDLC). CJDLC resides on the Web at

Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's (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 with 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 online graduate program of the New School for Social Research, helping to build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Web surfer, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including one that supports this textbook ( ).

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 1999); Criminal Justice Today (Prentice Hall, 2001); Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 1999); Corrections in the Twenty-First Century (Glencoe, 2001); 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 Advisor for Greenwood Publishing Group's criminal justice reference series.

Schmalleger's philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: "In order 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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