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For introductory courses in criminal justice.

Best-selling introduction to criminal justice
Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century leads the field as the gold standard for introductory criminal justice texts. Its comprehensive coverage focuses on the crime picture in the US and the three traditional elements of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. Drawing on a theme of individual freedom versus public order, Schmalleger challenges students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system. The 15th edition narrows in on race and justice, police use of force, and civil rights — viewed through the lens of recent police shootings and the ensuing “war on police” that together continue to threaten national unity.

Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century
, 15th 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. The Search for Causes
4. Criminal Law

PART 2: POLICING
5. Policing: History and Structure
6. Policing: Purpose and Organization
7. Policing: Legal Aspects
8. Policing: Issues and Challenges

PART 3: ADJUDICATION
9. The Courts: Structure and Participants
10. Pretrial Activities and the Criminal Trial
11. Sentencing

PART 4: CORRECTIONS
12. Probation, Parole, and Reentry
13. Prisons and Jails
14. Prison Life

PART 5: SPECIAL ISSUES
15. Juvenile Justice
16. Drugs and Crime
17. Terrorism, Multinational Criminal Justice, and Global Issues
18. High-Technology Crimes

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