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Introduction to Criminal Justice
Practice and Process

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November 2017 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A practical and applied introduction to criminal justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Practice and Process shows students how to think practically about the criminal justice system by offering them a proven, problem-based approach to learning.  Bestselling authors Kenneth J. Peak and Tamara D. Madensen draw on their many years of combined practitioner and academic experience to explain the importance of criminal justice and show how key trends, emerging issues, historical background, and practical lessons can be applied in the field.

The Third Edition of this highly anticipated text continues to build on its success by discussing core topics—policing, corrections, criminal behavior, criminal law, and courts—as well as current issues—ethics, mental illness and crime, illegal immigration—to demonstrate how to solve common problems faced by practitioners in today’s criminal justice system. This student-friendly book offers a palpable, real-world flavor typically missing in other texts for the course.

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Also of Interest: Careers in Criminal Justice, Second Edition
Prepare students to plan, pursue, and realize their career goals! Save when you bundle Careers in Criminal Justice, 2e with the new edition by Peak. Order using bundle ISBN 978-1-5443-2186-8.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Criminal Justice as a System: The Basics
 
1. FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: ESSENTIAL THEMES AND PRACTICES
Introduction

 
Foundations of Criminal Justice: Legal and Historical Bases

 
Crime Control and Due Process: Do Ends Justify Means?

 
Discretion: Making and Applying the Law

 
The Criminal Justice Process: An Overview of Flow and Functions

 
The Wedding Cake Model of Criminal Justice

 
Ethics Throughout the Criminal Justice System

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
2. FOUNDATIONS OF LAW AND CRIME: NATURE, ELEMENTS, AND DEFENSES
Introduction

 
Common Law and Its Progeny

 
Modern-Day Sources and Hierarchy of Law

 
Criminal and Civil Law

 
Substantive and Procedural Law

 
Essential Elements: Mens Rea and Actus Reus

 
Felonies and Misdemeanors

 
Offense Definitions and Categories

 
Defenses

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
3. THEORIES OF CRIME AND MEASURING VICTIMIZATION
Introduction

 
Classical and Positivist Theories

 
Biological, Trait, and Developmental Theories

 
Social Structure Theories

 
Social Process Theories

 
Social Conflict Theories

 
Feminist Theories

 
Environmental Criminology Theories

 
In Their Own Words: Offenders Speak

 
Measuring Crime and Victimization

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
4. ETHICAL ESSENTIALS: “DOING RIGHT WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING”
Introduction

 
Good Examples of Bad Examples

 
Philosophical Foundations

 
Ethics in Policing

 
Ethics in the Courts

 
Ethical Conduct of Federal Employees

 
Ethics in Corrections

 
The Ethical Decision-Making Process

 
Ethics Tests for the Criminal Justice Student

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
Part II. The Police
 
5. POLICE ORGANIZATION: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
Introduction

 
English and Colonial Roots: An Overview

 
Policing Comes to the United States

 
Federal Law Enforcement

 
State Agencies

 
Local Agencies: Municipal Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices

 
Interested in a Career? Some General Considerations

 
On Guard: The Private Police

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
6. POLICE AT WORK: PATROLLING AND INVESTIGATING
Introduction

 
From Citizen to Patrol Officer

 
Having the “Right Stuff”: A Working Personality

 
Defining the Role

 
Stressors in Police Work

 
Police Discretion

 
Community Policing and Problem Solving

 
The Work of Forensics and Detectives

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
7. POLICING METHODS AND CHALLENGES: ISSUES OF FORCE, LIABILITY, AND TECHNOLOGIES
Introduction

 
Use of Force: A Sacred Trust

 
When Failing the Public Trust: Civil Liability

 
Selected Technologies: Uses and Concerns

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
8. EXPOUNDING THE CONSTITUTION: LAWS OF ARREST, SEARCH, AND SEIZURE
Introduction

 
The Fourth Amendment

 
The Fifth Amendment

 
The Sixth Amendment

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
Part III. The Courts
 
9. COURT ORGANIZATION: STRUCTURE, FUNCTIONS, AND THE TRIAL PROCESS
Introduction

 
American Courts: A Dual Court System

 
State Courts

 
Federal Courts

 
Making Preparations: Pretrial Processes

 
The Trial Process

 
Technologies in the Court

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
10. THE BENCH AND THE BAR: THOSE WHO JUDGE, PROSECUTE, AND DEFEND
Introduction

 
Those Who Would Be Judges: Selection Methods and Issues

 
Judges’ Benefits, Training, and Challenges

 
The Art of Judging, Courtroom Civility, and Judicial Misconduct

 
The Attorneys

 
Courtroom Work Group

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
11. COURT METHODS AND CHALLENGES: SENTENCING AND PUNISHMENT
Introduction

 
Purposes of Punishment

 
Types of Sentences to Be Served

 
Sentencing Guidelines

 
Victim Impact Statements

 
Capital Punishment

 
Aggravating and Mitigating Circumstances

 
Criminal Appeals

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
Part IV. Corrections
 
12. PRISONS AND JAILS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
Introduction

 
Correctional Facilities as Organizations

 
State Prisons as Organizations

 
Federal Prisons

 
Supermax Prisons

 
Private Prisons

 
Jails as Organizations

 
Technologies in Correctional Facilities: The Good and the Bad

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
13. THE INMATES’ WORLD: THE “KEEPERS” AND THE “KEPT”
Introduction

 
The Nature of Incarceration

 
Prison as Work

 
Jail Personnel

 
Issues of Prison Governance

 
Preparation for Reentry and Aftercare

 
Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
14. CORRECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY: PROBATION, PAROLE, AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
Introduction

 
Why Alternatives to Incarceration?

 
Origins of Probation and Parole

 
Probation and Parole Today

 
Do Probation and Parole Work?

 
Functions of Probation and Parole Officers

 
Other Alternatives: Intermediate Sanctions

 
Confronting Recidivists: The Risk-Needs- Responsivity (RNR) Model

 
Restorative Justice

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
Part V. Spanning the System: Methods and Issues
 
15. JUVENILE JUSTICE: PHILOSOPHY, LAW, AND PRACTICES
Introduction

 
History of Juvenile Justice

 
Unique Philosophy, Principles, and Goals

 
Juvenile Offending Today

 
Youth Gangs: An Overview

 
Significant Court Decisions

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
16. ON THE CRIME POLICY AND PREVENTION AGENDA: TERRORISM, THE MENTALLY ILL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND THE THREAT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Introduction

 
Terrorism

 
The “New Asylums”: The Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System

 
Immigration and Crime

 
Immigration and the Role of Law Enforcement Agencies

 
IN A NUTSHELL

 
KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

 
REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEARN BY DOING

 
 
Appendix: Constitution of the United States
 
Answers
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

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