Civil Liability in Criminal Justice

5th Edition

Authors: Darrell Ross
Paperback ISBN: 9781422461396
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 1st October 2009
Page Count: 495


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1 Overview of Civil Liability Chapter 2 Foundations for Liability Chapter 3 Civil Liability Under State and Federal Tort Law Chapter 4 Civil Liability and Federal Law: Section 1983 Litigation Chapter 5 Defenses to Civil Litigation and Risk Management Chapter 6 Administrative and Supervisory Liability Chapter 7 Liability for Failure to Train Chapter 8 Operating Criminal Justice Agencies Under a Consent Decree Chapter 9 Use of Force in Law Enforcement and Corrections Chapter 10 Section 1983 and Correctional Liability Issues Chapter 11 Section 1983 Actions in Law Enforcement Chapter 12 Liability and Wrongful Custodial Death Chapter 13 Personnel Issues and Liability Chapter 14 Conclusions: Shifting Directions in Civil Litigation Index Table of Cases


Civil Liability in Criminal Justice, Fourth Edition, aims to provide a better understanding of the civil liability process, in response to the increasing number lawsuits filed against criminal justice agencies and personnel. The nature of civil litigation requires students and practitioners to have a working knowledge of both criminal law and the civil law process.
The book examines trends in police civil lawsuits; liability principles; and civil liability under both state and federal tort theories. It explains the legal concepts of immunities and defenses, and ways to reduce liability exposure through risk management. It discusses issues such as supervisory liability; failure-to-train claims; police misconduct and prisoner abuse; and the use of force by law enforcement and correctional personnel. The decisions of the United States Supreme Court and lower courts are used to illustrate how different cases have been applied to police and correctional situations.
The book was written for college students, academy recruits, veteran practitioners, administrators, and agency trainers. It can serve as a stand-alone text for a legal course or a supplement to an administrative course.

Key Features

  • Due to increasing civil litigation against criminal justice agencies, students and practitioners not only need a working knowledge of criminal law but a firm grasp on the civil law process.
  • Hundreds of cases are referenced throughout the text.


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About the Authors

Darrell Ross Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University