Criminal Justice in America,
10th Edition

George F. Cole, Christopher E. Smith, Christina DeJong

ISBN-13: 9780357456330 | ISBN-10: 0357456335

Copyright 2022

| Published 2021

| 624 pages

List Price USD $191.95


Discover the foundations, components and contemporary controversies within the U.S. criminal justice system with the interdisciplinary approach in Cole/Smith/DeJong's best-selling CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, 10E. The authors draw ideas, themes and theories from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology and political science to create an engaging approach that highlights the most recent challenges for today's criminal justice professionals. You examine topics such as controversial police practices, persistent discrimination, efforts to reduce prison populations, consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of new technologies. This edition prompts you to consider what justice means in society and your role, as you review the processes defining the fate of those in the justice system and the impediments to achieving "equal justice under law." MindTap digital resources reinforce concepts and skills with brief audiocast episodes, career decision-making scenarios and riveting examples.

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Meet the Authors

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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, Dr. Cole published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts and corrections. He also 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, Dr. Cole was granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia.

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 an 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 topics such as genocide, recidivism, domestic violence and police-community interactions has been published in numerous journals, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Feminist Criminology and The Journal of Family Violence. Dr. DeJong's 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 THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

  • NEW MINDTAP DIGITAL RESOURCES OFFER CUSTOMIZABLE CONTENT, ANALYTICS, AN E-READER AND AN APPLIED LEARNING EXPERIENCE. It's all delivered within your current online learning management system. All of this edition's extensive media assets are tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level. MindTap engages students and strengthens critical thinking and writing abilities. Short audiocast episodes, career decision-making scenarios, auto-graded chapter quizzes and riveting mission critical stories help student master techniques and key concepts.
  • NEW CONCLUDING CHAPTER EXAMINES EMERGING ISSUES CONFRONTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY MAKERS AND DECISION MAKERS. This new Chapter 15 examines current challenges, such as the impact of bystander cellphone videos on police-community relations, rule-of-law issues surrounding local sheriffs’ who refuse to enforce pandemic regulations and gun control laws, international ransomware cyber threats, risks of disinformation on social media and the impact of political polarization on criminal justice policy.
  • NEW AND UPDATED “TECHNOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE” FEATURES HIGHLIGHT TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS THAT POSE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE. These issues relate to each chapter's topic and discuss contemporary matters, such as threats on social media, cellphone tracking, electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration, remote procedures used by courts during the pandemic shutdown and the risks of relying on computer software for prisoner releases and other important decisions.
  • EXPANDED "YOU MAKE THE DECISION: WHAT TO CONSIDER" FEATURES PLACE STUDENTS IN PROFESSIONAL ROLES AS DECISION-MAKERS. Within these chapter features, the reader assumes the role of a police chief, prosecutor, judge or police officer who must make decisions about actual situations. These exercises raise questions about ethics, constitutional rights or public policy as students apply what they've learned about criminal justice to difficult problems confronting justice system officials. After the situation is posed, students read how the incident was actually handled in real life.
  • INTERWOVEN NEW DISCUSSIONS EXAMINE THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. New content throughout this edition reviews the risks of police practices, remote operations of the judicial branch during shutdown orders and responses to public health risks in crowded prisons and jails. Insightful discussions raise awareness of the potential for future widespread disruptions from public health emergencies, natural disasters or other events. Students learn to use the lessons of this era to respond effectively to future crises.
  • "EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND POLICY" FEATURES HIGHLIGHT HOW SYSTEMATIC SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH SHAPES CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICIES AND PRACTICES. Students see contemporary efforts to apply systematic social science research to public policy and learn to recognize when policy is based on assumptions. Features examine evidence-based practices with police officers and implicit bias, victim services, justice for those with mental illness, suspect identification procedures, reentry and community supervision, approaches to police patrol and jurors following judges’ instructions.
  • "A QUESTION OF ETHICS: THINK, DISCUSS, WRITE" FEATURES ASK STUDENTS TO EVALUATE REAL CASES. These thought-provoking features, at the end of each chapter, consider real cases, such as police use of force or judges’ conflicts of interest. Students place themselves in the position of administrators who must evaluate how to organize and reform training, supervision and other elements essential for addressing ethical lapses by justice system officials.
  • EFFECTIVE LEARNING OBJECTIVES OPEN EACH CHAPTER. These proven learning objectives reinforce learning and keep students focused in study and review. Each chapter begins with clear learning objectives that correspond to end-of-chapter summary sections as well as questions in the accompanying Test Bank.
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH DRAWS ON RESEARCH FROM CRIMINOLOGY, LAW, HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE. This widely lauded treatment facilitates a deeper understanding of the American criminal justice system. Students closely 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 REAL EXAMPLES DRAW FROM CURRENT NEWS AND SOURCES. The latest examples throughout this edition build upon material from recent newspaper articles, court decisions, first-person accounts and other current sources. These examples and essays demonstrate the human implications of criminal justice policies and procedures.
  • "CURRENT CONTROVERSIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE" HIGHLIGHT CONTEMPORARY, CHALLENGING ISSUES. These features encourage students to analyze proposed reforms to the justice system and critically examine highly publicized matters that produce divergent opinions among the American public. Topics include gun control laws, the provision of constitutional rights for terrorism suspects, risk assessment tools for bail and sentencing that may increase racial disparities, the use of fees to generate revenue for local justice systems and privatization of various aspects of corrections.
  • "CRIMINAL JUSTICE: MYTH AND REALITY" FEATURES DISPEL COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE FIELD. These intriguing features in each chapter address today's most common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice. Captivating topics and content engage students, stimulate meaningful class discussion and encourage critical thinking.
  • RECENT EXAMPLES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROBLEMS OR ISSUES OPEN EACH CHAPTER. Many examples, drawn from current headlines, illuminate issues or provide context for the upcoming chapter. Chapter openers highlight events, such as civil disorder in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death while being taken into police custody, the prosecution of Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in the college admissions scandal, the sentencing of Olympic gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar for sex abuse of young athletes and the rapid spread of coronavirus in U.S. prisons and jails.
  • "CRIMINAL JUSTICE: MYTH AND REALITY" FEATURES DISPEL COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE FIELD. These intriguing features in each chapter address today's most common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice. Captivating topics and content engage students, stimulate meaningful class discussion and encourage critical thinking.
  • "CRIMINAL JUSTICE: MYTH AND REALITY" FEATURES DISPEL COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE FIELD. These intriguing features in each chapter address today's most common myths and misconceptions about crime and criminal justice. Captivating topics and content engage students, stimulate meaningful class discussion and encourage critical thinking.

Table of Contents

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1. The Criminal Justice System.
2. Crime and Crime Causation.
3. Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.
4. Police.
5. Policing: Contemporary Issues and Challenges.
6. Police and Law.
7. Courts and Adjudication
8. Pretrial Procedures, Plea Bargaining, and the Criminal Trial.
9. Punishment and Sentencing.
10. Corrections.
11. Incarceration and Prison Society.
12. Probation and Intermediate Sanctions.
13. Reentry into the Community.
14. Juvenile Justice .
15. Current Challenges in Criminal Justice.

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