Crime and Justice in America

2nd Edition

An Introduction to Criminal Justice

Authors: Joycelyn Pollock
Print ISBN: 9781437735123
eBook ISBN: 9781437735130
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 23rd May 2011
Page Count: 456


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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.

Key Features

  • Each chapter has an outline, "what you need to know," photos, charts, jurisdictional exercises, web links, a "breaking news" box, and vocabulary words with definitions.



Students in the criminal justice field


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About the Author

Joycelyn Pollock

Joycelyn M. Pollock (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., University of Houston) is Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. She has published more than 25 books (including subsequent editions) in the areas of ethics, female criminality, corrections, and law. In 2011, she was appointed to the U.S. Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas State University – San Marcos


"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