Courts A Text/Reader

ISBN-10: 1412940648

ISBN-13: 9781412940641

Edition: 2009

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This book is a text//reader that includes a collection of articles on courts that have previously appeared in a number of leading criminal justice academic journals and books, along with original textual material that serves to explain and unify the readings. This book is designed to be a core textbook in a course on the courts in the criminal justice system and can also serve as a supplemental reader for a graduate course in courts.
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List price: $84.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Steven Belenko is Professor in the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice and adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has conducted extensive research and published widely on drug abuse and crime, the impact of substance abuse on the adult and juvenile justice systems, drug policy, and developing and testing organizational change strategies to improve the implementation of drug treatment for offenders. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the sole author of two books on drug policy and coauthor of a recent book on implementation of drug treatment in community corrections. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.Cassia C. Spohn is a Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or coauthor of six books, including Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System , which was published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions. In 2013 she received ASU's Award for Leading Edge Research in the Social Sciences and was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Craig Hemmens is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. In addition to being the editor for the SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology/Criminal Justice, he has published several books, including Law, Justice and Society (Oxford University Press, �2012), Legal Guide for Police (Anderson, �2011) and An Introduction to Criminal Evidence (Oxford University Press, �2009). He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He served as the President of the Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) from 2012 to 2013.

Introduction: Courts and Case Processing
Why Study Courts?
The Structure and Jurisdiction of U.S. Courts
Courtroom Actors
Court Process
Decision Making
Overview of the Book, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Overview of Courts
Conflict: The Wellspring of the Modern Court
How Courts Make Law
The Role of the Courts in Criminal Justice
Striking a Difficult Balance
The Juvenile Court
Summary: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Courts
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
How to Read a Research Article
The Process Is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court
The Honest Politician's Guide to Juvenile Justice in the Twenty-First Century
The Rehnquist Court and Criminal Justice: An Empirical Assessment
Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
The Adversarial System
Defense Attorneys
Summary: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Prosecutorial Justifications for Sexual Assault Case Rejection: Guarding the "Gateway to Justice,"
Modeling Prosecutors' Charging Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases
Prosecutorial Discretion in Seeking Death: An Analysis of Racial Disparity in the Pretrial Stages of Case Processing in a Midwestern County
The Criminal Defense Lawyer: Zealous Advocate, Double Agent, or Beleaguered Dealer?
Indigent Defenders Get the Job Done And Done Well
Negotiating a Plea: Bargaining With the Devil
Judges and Jurors
Judges and Jurors: Fact Finding and Applying the Law
Jurors and Jury Decision Making
Summary: Judges and Jurors in the Courtroom
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Women and Men Policymakers: Does the Judge's Gender Affect the Sentencing of Criminal Defendants?
Judges and the Politics of Death: Deciding Between the Bill of Rights and the Next Election in Capital Cases
Juror Decision Making in Hate Crime Cases
Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: Can Jurors Accurately Predict Dangerousness in Capital Cases?
Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System
Plea Bargaining and Trial Dynamics
The Court Process
Plea Bargaining
The Courtroom Workgroup: Cooperation Rather Than Conflict
Media Influence in Criminal Trials
Summary: Pleas and Trials
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Prosecutorial Discretion and Plea Bargaining in the United States, France, Germany, and Italy: A Comparative Perspective
The Impact of Arizona's Mandatory Drug Treatment Law on Prosecutorial Plea Bargaining in Drug Cases
It's Not the Old Ball Game: Three Strikes and the Courtroom Workgroup
Juvenile Justice Reform and the Courtroom Workgroup: Issues of Perception and Workload
The Entertainment Value of a Trial: How Media Access to the Courtroom Is Changing the American Judicial Process
The Goals of Sentencing
The Judge's Options at Sentencing
How Do Judges Decide?
Summary: Sentencing-An Inexact Science
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
The Brothel Boy
Is Preferential Treatment of Female Offenders a Thing of the Past? A Multisite Study of Gender, Race, and Imprisonment
The Interactive Effects of Victim Race and Gender on Death Sentence Disparity Findings
The Juvenile Penalty: A Comparison of Juvenile and Young Adult Sentencing Outcomes in Criminal Court
Specialized Courts and Other Trends in Adjudication
Trendy Courts?
The Specialized Court Movement
Restorative Justice
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Summary: Specialized Courts
The Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court: One-Year Results From a Randomized Study
Combating Domestic Violence: Findings From an Evaluation of a Local Domestic Violence Court
A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach to the Trial Process in Domestic Violence Felony Trials
Teen Court Referral, Sentencing, and Subsequent Recidivism: Two Proportional Hazards Models and a Little Speculation
Beyond Conviction and Sentencing
What Happens Next?
Underlying Concepts
Habeas Corpus
Considering Clemency
Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources
Appellate Court Supervisions in the Federal Judiciary: A Hierarchical Perspective
Measuring the Preferences of State Supreme Court Judges
The Federal Habeas Corpus Process: Unraveling the Issues
Who Has the Body? The Paths to Habeas Corpus Reform
Identity, Strategy, and Feminist Politics: Clemency for Battered Women Who Kill
About the Authors
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