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Crime and Criminal Justice

Crime and Criminal Justice
Concepts and Controversies

Second Edition
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January 2019 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“The text is logically organized and easy to read and understand. Students will find the text intriguing as they move through the coverage of the controversies from the text.”—Michelle L. Foster, Kent State University

Updated with new content and current controversies that facilitate critical thinking, debate, and application of the concepts, Mallicoat’s Crime and Criminal Justice, Second Edition, provides accessible and concise coverage of all relevant aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as unique chapters on victims and criminal justice policy. Using an innovative format designed to increase student engagement and critical thinking, each chapter is followed by two Current Controversy debates that dive into a critical issue in criminal justice. These features challenge misconceptions by providing a balanced debate of both the pros and the cons of each issue and are followed by probing questions to help students think critically about timely topics. With contemporary examples that students can easily apply and a broad range of effective learning tools, this practical text helps students go beyond the surface toward a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system.

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    Part I: Foundations of Criminal Justice
    Chapter 1: Crime and Criminal Justice
    Stages of the Criminal Justice System  
    Discretion and Ethics in the Criminal Justice System  
    The Wedding Cake Model of Justice  
    Models of Criminal Justice  
    The Influence of the Media on the Criminal Justice System  
    Chapter 2: Concepts of Law and Justice
    Types of Law  
    Sources of Law  
    Case Law  
    Criminal Law  
    Criminal Defenses  
    Chapter 3: Defining and Measuring Crime
    Defining Crime  
    Uniform Crime Reports  
    National Incident-Based Reporting System  
    National Crime Victimization Survey  
    Self-Reported Offending Datasets  
    Chapter 4: Explanations of Criminal Behavior
    What Is a Theory of Crime?  
    Classical Theories of Crime  
    Biological and Psychological Theories of Crime  
    Sociological Theories of Crime  
    Contemporary Theories of Crime  
    Chapter 5: Victims and the Criminal Justice System
    Victims and Crime  
    Theories of Victimization  
    History of Victims’ Rights  
    Victims in the Criminal Justice System  
    Chapter 6: Criminal Justice Policy
    What Is Policy?  
    Why Do We Need Criminal Justice Policies?  
    How Do Criminal Justice Policies Develop?  
    Politics and Criminal Justice Policy  
    Research and Criminal Justice Policies  
    Part II: Policing
    Chapter 7: Policing Organizations and Practices
    A Brief History of Policing  
    Types of Police Organizations  
    Women in Policing  
    Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Policing  
    What Do the Police Do?  
    Strategies and Tactics of Policing  
    Chapter 8: Issues in Policing
    Policing and the Law  
    Ethical Dilemmas and Corruption  
    Racial Profiling  
    Use of Force  
    Police Legitimacy  
    Police Occupational Stress  
    Part III: Courts
    Chapter 9: Courts and Crime
    Criminal Versus Civil Courts  
    Jurisdiction and the Courts System  
    Structure of the Courts  
    Courtroom Participants and Their Duties  
    Stages of a Criminal Court Case  
    Chapter 10: Punishment and Sentencing
    Correctional Philosophies  
    Determinate Sentencing  
    Indeterminate Sentencing  
    Mandatory Sentences  
    Capital Punishment  
    Part IV: Corrections
    Chapter 11: Prisons and Jails
    History of Jails and Prisons  
    Types of Prisons  
    Prison Security Levels  
    Issues in Incarceration  
    Legal Rights of Prisoners  
    Chapter 12: Community Corrections
    Intermediate Sanctions  
    Issues in Reentry  
    Part V: Special Topics in Criminal Justice
    Chapter 13: Juvenile Justice
    History of the Juvenile Justice System  
    Structure of the Juvenile Court  
    Juvenile Waiver  
    Demographics of Juvenile Offenders  
    Chapter 14: Transnational Criminal Justice
    Transnational Crime  
    Homeland Security  
    Border Control  


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    Sample Materials & Chapters

    Chapter 2: Concepts of Law and Justice

    Chapter 11: Prisons and Jails

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