Introduction to Criminal Justice


  • Lawrence Travis III

This student-friendly introductory core text describes the criminal justice process in the United States - outlining the decisions, practices, people, and issues involved. It provides a solid introduction to the mechanisms of the criminal justice system, with balanced coverage of the issues presented by each facet of the process, including a thorough review of practices and controversies in law enforcement, the criminal courts, and corrections.
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Students in the criminal justice field


Book information

  • Published: February 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-3490-4


"This seventh edition of an introductory core text for freshman undergraduates offers an extended focus on theoretical criminology throughout the text. There is new information on terrorism and homeland security, along with updated references and statistics. The look of the text has been enhanced with additional b&w photos in a reader-friendly, two-color layout with ample space for handwritten notes. The text is written in a conversational style at a reading level geared toward the typical college freshman, and focuses on three basic themes: the system-like nature of criminal justice, the conflict between due process and crime control, and the importance of discretion. The first part of the book sets the context for the study of criminal justice, with chapters on theoretical perspectives, the justice process, and crime and crime control. The second part is composed of 10 chapters addressing the justice process (including the juvenile justice system). Learning features include review questions, key terms, and an extensive glossary."--Reference and Research Book News

Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice Perspectives

2. The Justice Process

3. Crime and Crime Control

4. Counting Crimes and Criminals

5. Police and Policing

6. Law Enforcement in the Criminal Justice System

7. The Criminal Courts

8. People and Problems in the Courts

9. Sentencing: The Goals and Process of Punishment

10. Incarceration

11. Problems and Issues in Incarceration

12. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

13. Issues in Community Supervision

14. The Juvenile Justice System

15. Discharge and Developments