Crime and Justice in America

An Introduction to Criminal Justice

By

  • Joycelyn Pollock

This textbook offers a concise, affordable, and reader-friendly introduction to the criminal justice system. It explores the system in four sections: the criminal justice system as social control, law enforcement as social control, the law as social control, and corrections as social control.

Designed with the student in mind, each chapter includes: "What You Need to Know," highlighting key points for the reader; brief chapter outlines; review questions; vocabulary lists; a "breaking news" box and exercises to help students customize the material for different jurisdictions.

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Book information

  • Published: May 2011
  • Imprint: ANDERSON PUBLISHING
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-3512-3

Reviews

"In this update of the 2008 text, Pollock (criminal justice, Texas State U.-San Marcos) emphasizes the law and due process as they relate to each subsystem of the criminal justice system as a means of social control. Chapters include updated statistics, a new ‘breaking news’ feature, state-specific examples, snapshots of certain types of crime, consideration of women and minorities in each, review questions, exercises, vocabulary definitions, and Internet references. Tips on writing a research paper are appended."--SciTech Book News




Table of Contents

SECTION I: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AS SOCIAL CONTROL

1. Criminal Justice as Social Control

2. Crime in Society

3. Why Do People Commit Crime?

SECTION II: LAW ENFORCEMENT AS SOCIAL CONTROL

4. Police in America

5. Police Operations

6. Policing and the Legal Process

SECTION III: THE LAW AS SOCIAL CONTROL

7. Law and Society

8. Courts in America

9. Due Process: Arrest through Sentencing

10. Juvenile Justice and Corrections

SECTION IV: CORRECTIONS AS SOCIAL CONTROL

11. The Function of Corrections

12. Pretrial Diversion and Probation

13. Prisons and Jails

14. Parole and Re-Entry

15. Looking Toward the Future: Criminal Justice in the 21st Century