Test Item File for Blackboard and CourseCompass, 3rd Edition
This successful introductory text continues to focus on critical thinking and the media's influence on criminal justice and the public's perception of criminal justice.
Albanese gives new attention to up-to-the-minute laws and policies related to the Patriot Act, as well as coverage of issues of technology, including crimes facilitated by the Internet, crimes occurring on the Internet, and identity theft.
An experienced author, scholar, and past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Jay Albanese has received high marks for the appealing narrative style as well his skill at being comprehensive rather than encyclopedic.
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- Provides balanced coverage of the three areas within criminal justice–police, courts, and corrections. Three chapters each on the police (Chs. 8, 9 & 10), the courts (Chs. 11, 12 & 13), and corrections (Chs. 14, 15 & 16).
- Emphasizes the influence of mass media and popular culture on criminal justice. A photo-illustrated “Media and Criminal Justice” feature in each chapter analyzes a movie, documentary film, television show, or network crime news program. These boxes specifically address media depictions of crime, violence, and justice and their accuracies and inaccuracies. A special supplement–The Blockbuster Approach: A Guide to Teaching Criminal Justice and Criminology with Video–further reinforces this theme with hundreds of film and activity suggestions based on hundreds of movies.
- Presents the dual importance of news and research literature (anecdotal versus experimental evidence and analysis), making them both understandable for students and showing the relationships between them.
- Critical thinking exercises appear at the end of each chapter and also conclude each boxed feature, giving students multiple opportunities to analyze actual situations and cases.
- Unique in this market–a high-interest chapter (Ch. 5) on “Economic and Political Crime” highlights examples from today's headlines.
- Introductory Chapter 1, “Perspectives on Criminal Justice,” provides students with a broad perspective on criminal justice.
- “That's a Fact” feature presents figures and tables relating to a chapter topic or theme in colorful graphics.
New to This Edition
- Substantial coverage of criminal justice responses to terrorism and the Patriot Act, and their repercussions (Chs. 5, 9, 10 & 18).
- Coverage of technology-related crimes, such as crimes facilitated by computer, crimes occurring on the Internet, and identity theft and fraud, Americans number one growing crime. This coverage provides the most current examples of how the criminal justice system must continually evolve in response to society (Chs. 5, 15 & 16).
- Coverage of the issues surrounding DNA evidence, the overturning of erroneous convictions; and inmates who are exonerated due to DNA evidence (Chs. 9 & 13).
- New information on the changing victimization rates of women and the shift from domestic violence and human trafficking (Chs. 4, 10, 14, & 18).
- Dozens of new tables and figures clearly show the latest crime statistics and trends.
- Classic cases in each chapter-opener grab student's interest at the outset and ask readers to think critically about real-life situations from a variety of points of view.
- “That's a Fact” features have been pared down to be more concise, more interactive, and more thought-provoking. See “Perspectives on Partner Violence” in Chapter 2, “Perspectives on Fairness in the Criminal Justice System” in Chapter 7, and “A New Role for Police: Intelligence Gathering” in Chapter 10.
- The Media and Criminal Justice feature in each chapter, a popular Albanese hallmark, has been thoroughly revised to include many brand new boxes using examples from television, movies, and popular culture. See “Superheroes and Crime Prevention” box in Chapter 4, “Police and Terrorists in Film” box in Chapter 10, “Police Dramas on Television” box in Chapter 9, “Seeking Justice in Court and on T.V.” in Chapter 11, and “The Matrix Made me Do It” in Chapter 12.
- Two new critical thinking exercises in each chapter challenge students to apply current events to chapter themes.
Table of Contents
1. Perspectives on Criminal Justice.
2. The Nature and Causes of Crime.
3. Defining and Measuring Crime.
4. Perpetrators and Victims of Crime.
5. Economic and Political Crime.
6. Criminal Law.
7. The Criminal Justice System.
8. Criminal Procedure and the Police.
9. Origins and Organization of Law Enforcement.
10. Issues in Law Enforcement and Police Behavior.
11. Origins and Organization of the Courts.
12. Trial Defense and Prosecution.
13. Trials and Sentencing.
14. Origins and Organization of Jails and Prisons.
15. Probation and Community Corrections.
16. Justice and Punishment in the 21st Century.
17. Juvenile Justice.
18. Transnational Crime and Justice.
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About the Author(s)
JAY S. ALBANESE is Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). NIJ is the research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is on leave from his position as Professor of Government & Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jay received the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Rutgers University and B.A. from Niagara University. He was the first Ph.D. recipient from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Albanese is author of seven books that include Criminal Justice (3rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2005), Organized Crime in Our Times (4th ed., Lexis/Nexis/Anderson, 2004), and contributor to Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3rd ed., Wadsworth, 2006). Dr. Albanese is Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (www.iasoc.net). He is a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the White Collar Crime Research Consortium, and the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Albanese is recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the Sears Foundation (1990), and the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University (2001).
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