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Criminal (In)Justice
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Criminal (In)Justice
A Critical Introduction

Second Edition


January 2022 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Criminal (In)Justice: A Critical Introduction examines the American criminal justice and the social forces that shape it.  Using a conversational voice, the book engages readers and challenges them to consider the inequalities in the criminal justice system as well as in the broader society it is designed to protect, then ask, "What can I do to make this better?". 

Author Aaron Fichtelberg uses a unique, critical perspective to encourage students to look closer at the intersection of race, class, gender, and inequality in the criminal justice system. Covering each of the foundational areas of the criminal justice system—policing, courts, and corrections—this book takes an in-depth look at the influence of social inequality, making it ideal for instructors who want students to critically assess and understand the American criminal justice system in a very open and approachable way. 

This 2nd edition comes at a time when there is a profound awareness that the criminal justice system reflects deep and systematic inequalities in American society and has been updated to include some of these monumental changes.

 
Section I: Crime
 
Chapter 1: Defining, Classifying, and Measuring Crime
 
Chapter 2: Criminal Law
 
Chapter 3: Criminology
 
Chapter 4: Crime and Inequality
 
Section II: Policing
 
Chapter 5: The Nature and History of Policing
 
Chapter 6: Modern Policing
 
Chapter 7: Police Deviance
 
Section III: Courts and Trials
 
Chapter 8: Courts
 
Chapter 9: Criminal Trials
 
Section IV: Corrections and Special Topics
 
Chapter 10: The Theory and History of Punishment
 
Chapter 11: Prison Life
 
Chapter 12: Alternatives to Prison
 
Chapter 13: The Death Penalty
 
Chapter 14: Juvenile Justice