Crime and Justice in America
An Introduction to Criminal JusticeBy
- Joycelyn Pollock, (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., University of Houston) is Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University – San Marcos. In 2011, she was appointed to the U.S. Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.
This text 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 outline; review questions; vocabulary lists; "breaking news" items; and exercises to help students customize the material for different jurisdictions.
Paperback, 456 Pages
Published: May 2011
Imprint: Anderson Publishing
"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
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 CONTROLSECTION IV: CORRECTIONS AS SOCIAL CONTROL
7. Law and Society
8. Courts in America
9. Due Process: Arrest through Sentencing
10. Juvenile Justice and Corrections
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