Criminal Justice System

ISBN-10: 0131705075

ISBN-13: 9780131705074

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ronald G. Burns

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This book explains the criminal justice system and how criminal cases are processed via the police, the court, and the correctional system. To give readers a better understanding of how the criminal justice systems works the author follows one case throughout the book to demonstrate how it is processed step-by-step through the justice system. It uses critical thinking exercises and Point/Counterpoint debate sections to explore hot issues from different points of view including parole, prisoners with HIV, crime reporting practicesrsquo; impact on minority groups, and inmates with mental illness. Detailed discussions i.e., who gets arrested and why and what role a defendantrsquo;s appearance plays are among the many topics addressed, which makes this a compelling text.Covers the steps of the criminal justice system including entry into the system; processing and pretrial procedures; trials, sentencing and appeals; and corrections. Includes information on how we address crime in society. Explores important issues within the system such as victim impact statements, who reports crime?; the investigative process; factors influencing arrest; case processing & the grand jury; the arraignment process; jury trials & sentencing; and the appeals process. Appropriate for introductory criminal justice courses and for those seeking to better understand the criminal justice system.
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List price: $34.40
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Entry into The System
Reported and Observed Crime
Measured, Observed, and Reported Crime
Who Reports Crime? Incident-Specific Factors
Individual-Specific Factors
Environment-Specific Factors
Point-Counterpoint: ldquo;Do current practices of identifying crime disproportionately affect minority groups?rdquo;
Deciding to Investigate
Who Investigates Crime? Whatrsquo;s Involved in Criminal Investigation? Investigative Tools
Point-Counterpoint:ldquo;Is detective work necessary?rdquo;
Who Gets Arrested and Why
Definition/Legal Requirements of Arrest
Arrest and Discretion
Situational Factors
Officer Characteristics
Suspect Characteristics
Environmental Factors
Point-Counterpoint:ldquo;Should we abolish the Miranda Warning?rdquo;
Booking and Charging
Point-Counterpoint:ldquo;Should prosecutors overcharge suspects?rdquo;
Prosecution and Pretrial Procedures
Initial Appearance
Case Processing and the Initial Appearance
Notice of Charges and Advising Defendants of Their Rights
Counsel and the Initial Appearance
Pretrial Release
Point-Counterpoint:ldquo;Should defendants be permitted to use private bonding agencies?rdquo;
Preliminary Hearing/Grand Jury
Case Processing and the Preliminary Hearing
Case Processing and the Grand Jury
Point-Counterpoint: ldquo;Should we abolish the use of grand juries?rdquo;
Case Processing and the Arraignment
Pretrial Motions
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