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Criminal Justice in America 9th Edition
George F. Cole | Christopher E. Smith | Christina DeJong
ISBN-13: 9781305966062 | ISBN-10: 1305966066
© 2018 | Published |  544  Pages
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This concise introductory criminal justice text uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to the field's foundations and individual components, as well as to many contemporary controversies in the justice system. Through the use of current issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, efforts to reform sentencing and reduce prison populations, and the impact of new technologies, this book highlights societal developments that pose new challenges for criminal justice professionals. Created as an alternative to more encyclopedic introductory texts, this reader-friendly bestseller incorporates ideas, themes, and theories from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Ninth Edition, teaches students to become better citizens by helping them think critically about what justice means in our society and how individuals can play a role in defining that meaning. What’s more, the MindTap® that accompanies this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with video cases, career-based decision-making scenarios, visual summaries, and more.



  • Part I: CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
    1. The Criminal Justice System.
    2. Crime and Crime Causation.
    3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.
    Part II: POLICE.
    4. Police.
    5. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges.
    6. Police and Law.
    Part III: COURTS.
    7. Courts and Adjudication
    8. Pretrial Procedures, Plea Bargaining, and the Criminal Trial.
    9. Punishment and Sentencing.
    Part IV: CORRECTIONS.
    10. Corrections.
    11. Incarceration and Prison Society.
    12. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
    Part V: SPECIAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
    13. Reentry into the Community.
    14. Technology and Criminal Justice.
    15. Juvenile Justice.

    • "A Question of Ethics: Think, Discuss, Write" features at the end of each chapter ask students to consider real cases concerning such topics as police use of force or probation officers' acceptance of bribes. Students are challenged to place themselves in the position of administrators who must think about how to organize and reform training, supervision, and other elements essential for addressing ethical lapses by justice system officials.
    • To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter begins with learning objectives that are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding questions in the accompanying Test Bank.
    • The authors' widely lauded interdisciplinary approach draws on research from criminology, law, history, sociology, psychology, and political science. This treatment facilitates a deeper understanding of the American criminal justice system by examining subjects such as social systems, social problems, determinants of individual behavior, government processes, policy making, and conceptions of morality and justice.
    • "Close-up" essays and other real-life examples throughout the text draw on material from newspaper articles, court decisions, first-person accounts, and other current sources to show students the human implications of criminal justice policies and procedures.
    • "Technology Issues in Criminal Justice" features in each chapter show students how the police, courts, and corrections have made the criminal justice system more effective through the use of innovations such as body-worn cameras, GPS, nonlethal weapons, patrol car computers, and other advanced technology.
    • "The Policy Debate" features encourage lively discussion and debate by describing a policy issue such as aggressive policing or the death penalty, outlining its pros and cons, and then asking students to decide which policy they think the United States should adopt.
    • "Criminal Justice: Myth and Reality" features in each chapter address common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice, providing an interesting and effective way to engage students, stimulate class discussion, and encourage critical thinking.
    • "Current Controversies in Criminal Justice" features in each chapter highlight contemporary issues that challenge students to analyze proposed reforms for the justice system and think critically about highly-publicized matters that produce divergent opinions among the American public. Topics include racial disparities in police officers' stops and arrests, excessive use of lethal force, and privacy issues surrounding searches of cellphones for criminal evidence.
    • MindTap for Criminal Justice in America, 9th Edition has met the Quality Matters Review Standards and is Quality Matters Certified. For more information, visit qualitymatters.org.
    • "You Make the Decision" features in each chapter place students in the roles of police chiefs, prosecutors, judges, and police officers who must make decisions about actual situations that raise questions about ethics, constitutional rights, or public policy. These exercises encourage students to apply knowledge that they have gained about criminal justice to difficult problems that confront justice system officials.
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  • The late George F. Cole was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He was recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he was granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He co-authored several other Cengage Learning/Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES.

    Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned degrees at Harvard University, the University of Bristol (England), the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of 25 books and more than 120 scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher with MSU's "Teacher-Scholar Award" and "Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award." His other books with Cengage Learning include CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, 9th Edition, LAW AND CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.

    Christina DeJong is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarly research on genocide, recidivism, domestic violence, police-community interactions, and other topics has been published in such journals as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Feminist Criminology, and The Journal of Family Violence. Her current research focuses on gender and sexuality issues in criminology and criminal justice, as well as violence against women in conflict and genocide. A member of the Michigan State University faculty since 1994, she has taught courses on research methods, statistical analysis, genocide, and women and criminal justice. She is also a co-author of Cengage Learning’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, 9th Edition.