Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
James A. Fagin / James A. Fagin  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
512
Pub.-date
December 2006
ISBN13
9780205489077
ISBN
0205489079



Description

A 12-chapter, paperback brief text that is applied and realistic.

 

Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction is an applied and realistic text, which introduces students to thereal world of criminal justice.

 

Fagin uses clear and simple examples drawn from decades of experience to bring criminal justice alive for students. In a clear and readable style, the author places the criminal justice system in the broader context of American government. 

 

James Fagin is a recognized educator in the administration of justice; an expert in areas of contemporary concern, such as transnational terrorism, computer crime, and computer technologies in criminal justice; and has hands-on experience in law enforcement.

Features

APPLIED AND REALISTIC

  • An applied and realistic text, which introduces students to the real world of criminal justice. Examples of actual forms, interviews of criminal justice professionals, and clear and realistic examples help students understand the criminal justice system.
  • A wealth of active learning, problem solving, and decision-making opportunities throughout each chapter allow students to critically think about real situations and get involved as citizens and pre-professionals.
  • Coverage of the entire criminal justice system, simply explained in a manageable 12-chapter format.

GUIDING PEDAGOGY

  • A Guiding Pedagogy helps students focus on main topics when reading and reviewing the text. The main pedagogy elements are:
    • Chapter Outline with page numbers, Learning Objectives, and news clips pulled direct from the headlines begin each chapter.
    • The Main Idea begins each major section and provides a one sentence overview of the section.
    • Check Your Understanding concludes each main section with interim review questions about the section just read.
    • Photos with extensive captions are rich in content and expand on topics in the text. Many include critical thinking questions.
    • Chapter Summary includes a bulleted Chapter Summary List, Vocabulary Review, Do You Remember? (quick listing of key facts in the chapter), Think About This (critical thinking questions about real world events), and Research Navigator (web search suggestions). 
  • An extensive box program provides students with illustrations and real-world examples that bring concepts and theory to life. All boxes close with critical thinking questions for further consideration. Boxes include:
    • Diversity in the System - highlights how the criminal justice system both reflects and responds to American diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, and social class, and how sometimes the criminal justice system itself becomes a source of injustice.
    • Careers in the System - gives students an inside look at what people who work in the system do and how they feel about it, as well as practical information and advice about salaries, academic requirements, and career strategies.
    • Criminal Justice in the Media - examines the influence of the mass media and entertainment media on crime, and popular assumptions about the criminal justice system.

MYCRIMELAB

  • TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE- MyCrimeLab -Allyn & Bacon's interactive online teaching and learning system-uses powerful multimedia and technology resources to bring Criminal Justice to life, making teaching and learning more productive, more satisfying, more exciting! MyCrimeLab is easy to use-and FREE when packaged with the text.

Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice       

2. Understanding and Measuring Crime

3. Criminal Law: Control versus Liberty

4. Roles and Functions of the Police

5. Police Officers and the Law

6. Policing: Issues and Challenges

7. The Court System

8. Courtroom Participants and the Trial

9. Sentencing and Sanctions

10. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

11. Jails and Prisons

12. The Future of Criminal Justice

 

Back Cover

Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction

is an applied and realistic text, which

introduces students to the real world of criminal justice while covering the

entire criminal justice system in a brief manageable 12 chapter format. Fagin

uses clear and simple examples drawn from decades of experience to bring

criminal justice alive for students. With a readable style, the author places

the criminal justice system in the broader context of American government.

 

A wealth of active learning, problem solving, and decision-making opportunities

throughout each chapter encourages students to think critically about real

situations and get involved as a citizen and pre-professional.

 

James Fagin is a recognized educator in the administration of justice; an

expert in areas of contemporary concern, such as transnational terrorism,

computer crime, and computer technologies in criminal justice; and has

hands-on experience in law enforcement.

Author

Experience

 

James Fagin began his law enforcement career as a police academy student and became a commissioned police officer. He has worked with numerous local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.

 

Expertise

 

James Fagin is an expert and consultant on transnational terrorism, computer crimes, and computer technologies in criminal justice. His other special areas of expertise include effective community policing, police recruitment, and police performance, including stress management.

 

Educator

 

He has taught criminal justice courses for almost 30 years and has been involved in ground-breaking  off-campus criminal justice education programs for Wichita State University. The American Society of Public Administration names him "Outstanding Educator" in 1996. Today he is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at East Stroudsburg University and remains an active member of the John Harvard Society and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


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