Crime and Criminal Justice in America (3rd New edition)

Crime and Criminal Justice in America (3rd New edition)


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Crime and Criminal Justice in America, Third Edition, addresses the major controversial issues in U.S. policing, courts, and the correctional system. This book features unique graphics and contemporary data and research, developed by Joycelyn Pollock, criminologist, and University Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas State University. The text's question-and-answer model promotes a critical thinking process for students new to criminal justice, encouraging student engagement and the application of learned skills through end-of-chapter exercises. Timely, comprehensive, and visually stimulating, Crime and Criminal Justice in America, Third Edition, is the go-to text for introductory criminal justice students and educators.

About Author

Joycelyn Pollock started her career in criminal justice as a probation and parole officer in the state of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master's and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. She also obtained a J.D. at the University of Houston, and passed the Texas Bar in 1991. Her books include Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice, Ninth Edition (2016), Criminal Law , Eleventh Edition (2016), Case Studies in Criminal Justice Ethics (with Michael Braswell and Larry Miller, 2006), Prisons and Prison Life (2004), Second Edition (2012), Women's Crimes, Criminology, and Corrections (2014), and many others. She served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University (1993-1996) and graduate director (2002-2006). In 2006 she received the Outstanding Texas State Woman Faculty Award and also the Bruce Smith Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for "outstanding contributions to criminal justice." In 2008 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Albany, School of Criminal Justice. She was formerly a member of the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA), a shared project of the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. CJRA is a clearinghouse and source for objective criminal justice research. It refers policy members to authoritative experts to inform public debate on criminal justice issues.


Preface Acknowledgments Section 1 The Criminal Justice System and Social Control 1 Criminal Justice as Social Control What Is the Criminal Justice "System"? Is It a System? What Is Social Control? How Does The "Social Contract" Justify State Power? What Is the Historical Foundation of Our Legal System? How Big Is the Criminal Justice System Compared to 50 Years Ago? What Are Some Current Issues in Criminal Justice Today? How Do Ideologies Affect Objective Analysis of Criminal Justice Issues? Focus On Data: Are Illegal Immigrants More Likely to Be Criminal? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 2 Crime in Society What Is Crime? What Is the Role of Legislators, Victims, Police, and Prosecutors in Defining Crime? What Sources Do We Use to Find Out About the Patterns of Crime? What Crimes Are People Most Frequently Arrested For? What Do We Know About Homicide? What Has Been the Pattern of Crime Over the Years? Has It Declined? Does the Public Have an Accurate Perception about the Prevalence of Crime? How Do the Crime Rates of the United States Compare to Other Countries? Focus On Data: Is There a Ferguson Effect? Is There a Current Crime Wave? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 3 Why Has Crime Declined? What Are the Explanations for the Decline of Crime? What Are Some Methodological Issues in the Question: Why Do People Commit Crime? Who Commits Crime? Focus On Data: Are Blacks More Criminal Than Whites? What Are the Major Criminological Theories of Crime? What Do Biological Theories of Crime Say About Who Commits Crime and Why? What Do Psychological Theories of Crime Say About Who Commits Crime and Why? What Do Sociological Theories of Crime Say About Who Commits Crime and Why? What Are Some Other Theories of Crime? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises Section 2 Law Enforcement as Social Control 4 Police in America What Is the Function of Policing? What Are the Major Issues Facing Policing Today? Focus On Data: Are Police Officers Under Attack? How Many Police Officers Are There and Who Are They? What Is the Difference Between Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement? How Did Modern Policing Evolve? What Is Community Policing? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 5 Police Operations How Are Police Officers Selected and Trained? What is the Difference Between Proactive and Reactive Policing? How Has Technology Affected Policing? Is Police Officer Stress a Problem and, If So, What Is the Role of Organizational Justice? What is the Police Subculture? What Are Some Types of Police Misconduct? Do Police Officers Discriminate Against Minorities? What Is the Law and Policy Concerning Police Use of Force? Focus On Data: Do Police Officers Abuse Their Power to Use Lethal Force? What Were the Recommendations of the 21st Century President's Task Force on Policing? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 6 Policing and the Legal Process What Is the Source of Our Rights Against Police Power? When Can Police "Seize" a Person in Any Way? When Can Police Search Without a Warrant? Do Police Need a Warrant to Obtain a Blood Sample? Breathalyzer Test? Saliva? Urine? Hair? DNA? Do Police Need a Warrant to Obtain a Handwriting Sample? Clothing? Line-Ups or Photo Arrays? What Are Our Rights During Interrogation? What Is the Exclusionary Rule? Focus On Data: Do Gun Control Laws Reduce Gun-Related Violence? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises Section 3 The Law as Social Control 7 Law and Society What Is the Purpose of Law? What is the Purpose of Criminal Law? What Is the Origin of Our Legal System? What Are Some Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law? What Are Some Constitutional Challenges to Creating Laws? What Are the Elements of a Crime? What Are Some Defenses to Criminal Culpability? What Are Some Recent Issues in Criminal Law? Focus On Data: Is Medical Marijuana Crime or Cure? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 8 Criminal Prosecution What Are the Different Levels of Courts? What Are Specialized Courts? Focus On Data: Are Specialized Courts Effective? How Do Prosecutors Decide Whether and What to Charge? What Are the Duties of a Defense Attorney? What is the Role of a Judge? How Are They Selected? What is the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts? How Does Due Process Protect Individuals Against Error in the Criminal Justice Process? What Are the Steps of a Trial? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 9 Criminal Sentencing What Happens in a Sentencing Hearing? What Are the Goals of Sentencing? What Are the Types of Sentences That Might Be Given to Criminal Offenders? What Are Three-Strikes Sentencing Laws? What Is the Most Common Sentence? What Is the Criticism Regarding Fines and Fees? What Recent Events Have Occurred with Federal Drug Sentencing? What is Restorative Justice? What Are the Legal Arguments Against the Death Penalty? Focus On Data: Is There Racial Disparity in Sentencing? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises Section 4 Corrections as Social Control 10 Community Corrections and Correctional Classification What Are the Goals of Corrections? What Was the "Rehabilitative Era"? How Do Theories of Crime Relate to What We Do to Criminals? What Is Probation and How Is It Different from Parole? How is It Different from Pre-Trial Diversion? What Is the History of Probation? What Are Some Typical Conditions for a Probationer? What Is the Profile of Offenders Under Correctional Supervision? Do Women On Probation Have Different Backgrounds and Needs Than Men; If So, What Are They? How Many Drug Offenders Are Under Correctional Supervision? What Are Their Issues? What Are Some Current Issues of Probation Supervision? What Is Revocation? How Many Probationers Fail? What Is Classification? What Is Third Generation Classification? Focus On Data: Does R/N/R Classification Accurately Predict Recidivism? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 11 Confinement: Jails and Prisons How Many People Are Incarcerated in Jails and Prisons in the United States? What Rights Do Prisoners Have? What is Prison Like Today Compared to Previous Eras? Who Are the Prisoners in State and Federal Prisons? What Are the Elements of the Prisoner Subculture? Is Sexual Assault in Prison a Problem? What Are the Issues Concerning the Mentally Ill in Jails and Prisons? Why Are Some Prisons and Jails Privately Run? Are Private Prisons Less Expensive? What Are the Differences and Similarities of Jails and Prisons? Focus On Data: Did the Increase in Incarceration Reduce the Crime Rate Between 1995 and 2010? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 12 Re-Entry and Recidivism What Is the History of Parole? Who Is on Parole? What Are the Problems of Re-Entry? What Are Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction? What Is the Second Chance Act? What Is the Process for Parole Revocation? How Many Offenders Recidivate and Who Is Most Likely to Recidivate? Focus On Data: What is The "Justice Reinvestment Initiative" and "Justice Realignment"? Have These Approaches Increased Crime? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises 13 Juvenile Justice and Corrections How Is the Juvenile Justice System Different from the Adult System? What Have Been the Trends in Juvenile Crime? What Is the Profile of the Juvenile Offender? Focus On Data: Are Girls Becoming More Violent? What Rights Do Juvenile Offenders Have? Can Juveniles End Up in Adult Courts? How? What Are People Referring to by the Terms "Zero Tolerance" and "School-To-Prison Pipeline"? How Many Juveniles Are On Probation? How Many Youths Are Sent to Secure Detention Facilities? Are Juveniles as Recidivistic as Adults? Summary Critical Thinking Exercises Section 5 Concluding Our Critical Thinking Approach to Criminal Justice 14 A Critical Thinking Approach to Criminal Justice What Are the Major Issues in Studying Crime Today? What Are the Major Issues in Policing Today? What Are the Major Issues in Courts Today? What Are the Major Issues in Corrections Today? What Is the Role of Criminal Justice Actors in the War On Terror? Focus On Data: Last Thoughts Critical Thinking Exercises Glossary/Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780323290692
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 546
  • ID: 9780323290692
  • weight: 1157
  • ISBN10: 0323290698
  • edition: 3rd New edition

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