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Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials

Author(s): Robert M. Regoli, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder
John D. Hewitt, PhD, Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763756482
  • ISBN-10:0763756482
  • Paperback    427 pages      © 2010
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Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials provides an extensive overview of the American criminal justice system in a concise and accessible format. This engaging text examines the people and processes that make up the system and how they interact. It also covers the historic context and modern features of the criminal justice system and encourages students to think about how current events in crime affect their everyday lives.

The Essentials includes contemporary data, case studies, and references for all topics and helps students understand the relationships between the police, the courts, and corrections.


  • Profiles in Crime and Justice details the experiences of individuals working in the criminal justice system to show students what career opportunities are available to them.
  • Focus on Criminal Justice explores the nature of crime and the criminal justice response to different issues.
  • Headline Crime highlights recent high-profile cases and current events
  • Around the Globe discusses law and law enforcement around the world.

Applicable Courses

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Section 1: Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 1 - Overview of Criminal Justice

Chapter 2 - Criminal Law: The Foundation of Criminal Justice

Chapter 3 -The Nature and Causes of Crime


Section 2: The Police

Chapter 4 - Police History and Organization

Chapter 5 - Police and the Law

Chapter 6 - Critical Issues in Policing


Section 3: Courts

Chapter 7 - The Criminal Courts: Structure and Process

Chapter 8 - Trial

Chapter 9 - Sentencing


Section 4: Corrections

Chapter 10 - Corrections History and Structure

Chapter 11 - Prisons

Chapter 12 - Corrections in the Community


Section 5: Special Issues

Chapter 13 - The Juvenile Justice System

Chapter 14 - Terrorism and Cybercrime


Robert M. Regoli, PhD-Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

In his lifetime, Robert M. Regoli has found himself in assorted roles relating to criminal justice. In addition to his extensive experience researching and studying police and corrections officers, he also has been a crime victim, secret delinquent, criminal complainant and witness, jury member, and legal consultant. He was born in Antioch, California, earned his B.S. in psychology, M.A. in police science and administration, and Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University in Pullman. Over the course of his career, he has taught at Indiana State University, Texas Christian University, and, currently, the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Dr. Regoli has held several positions at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, including being the President and named a Fellow. He also was former Executive Editor of The Social Science Journal, is the recipient of two William J. Fulbright awards, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also has been a consultant to local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Colorado Department of Corrections, Indiana Department of Corrections, National Institute of Corrections, and National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He was also a member of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force and the Task Force for the Children’s Constitutional Rights. Dr. Regoli has written extensively about criminal justice issues for more three decades and has amassed more than 100 professional journal publications and 14 books.

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John D. Hewitt, PhD-Professor, Grand Valley State University

John D. Hewitt (Ph.D., Washington State University, 1975) is professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University. He has taught for more 35 years at small and large state colleges and universities as well as in small liberal arts colleges in the Midwest and West. During his career, Dr. Hewitt has worked in the Indiana Department of Corrections, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County (Indiana) Youth Services Bureau and Bethel Place for Boys, and has testified as an expert witness in Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan in cases dealing with the death penalty, drug trafficking, judicial sentencing, and youth gangs.

He has also written extensively about issues of crime, criminal justice, and delinquency, including co-authoring Exploring Criminal Justice (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett, 2008), Criminal Justice: The Essentials (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett, 2010), Delinquency in Society, 8th edition (with  Robert Regoli and Matt DeLisi, Jones & Bartlett, 2010), as well as more than 50 articles on issues ranging from adolescent maltreatment and delinquency, juvenile gangs, judicial sentencing patterns, victim-offender relationships in homicide cases, and work stress among police executives.

  • The text is written in a clear and concise manner.  It is difficult to find an introduction to criminal justice text that does not overwhelm the students with the redundancy of facts.  This text has succeeded in presenting the most important information and thus keeps the reader’s attention and interest.

    -Elizabeth S. Marsal, PhD, East Carolina University

    [I] like this book as it gets to the important points quickly.  For those professors like me who prefer an essentials type of text, this one is quite good.  It is also contemporary in terms of information provided.  In addition, the style of writing contributes to making this work a true learning device.

    -William E. Kelly, PhD, Auburn University

    I find this text to be very comprehensive.  The factual and historical data provide an extensive resource for faculty while allowing them to select the parts that need to be emphasized, depending on individual need.  Not only are fundamental issues covered, but the chapter summaries include thought-provoking questions that allow for application of critical thinking skills.

    -Linda L. Fleischer, The Community College of Baltimore County

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