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For introductory courses in criminal justice.

The gold standard for criminal justice texts
Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction examines crime in the US with a focus on police, courts, and corrections. Students contemplate the fine line separating freedom from security, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system. A wealth of Internet resources along with author tweets (@schmalleger) build on central ideas in the text, while keeping pace with changes in a continually changing field. Emphasizing the need for systemic change, the 13th edition includes revised coverage of large-scale crimes pervasive in the US, as well as policing issues and challenges, sentencing guidelines, and state laws redefining the age of criminal responsibility.

Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction
, 13th Edition
, is also available via Revel, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.

Table of contents

PART 1: CRIME IN AMERICA
1. What Is Criminal Justice?
2. The Crime Picture
3. Criminal Law

PART 2: POLICING
4. Policing: Purpose and Organization
5. Policing: Legal Aspects
6. Policing: Issues and Challenges

PART 3: ADJUDICATION
7. The Courts
8. The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial
9. Sentencing

PART 4: CORRECTIONS
10. Probation, Parole, and Reentry
11. Prisons and Jails
12. Prison Life

PART 5: THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
13. Juvenile Justice

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