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Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Second Edition

Author(s): Robert M. Regoli, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder
John D. Hewitt, PhD, Professor, Grand Valley State University
Marie-Helen Maras, PhD, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • ISBN-13: 9781449652418
  • Product With Access Code    458 pages      © 2013
Price: $170.95 US List
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This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of best-selling, Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials, provides a clear and concise introduction to the American criminal justice system in an engaging and accessible format. It examines the people and processes that make up the system and how they interact. It also covers the historic context of the criminal justice system so that readers will understand how and why we developed the system that is in place today. This Second Edition provides contemporary data and updated case studies and references for all topics, and will help your students understand the relationships between the police, the courts, and corrections.

Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Second Edition will provide your undergraduate students a framework for thinking about crime and justice, aid them in becoming familiar with the terminology of the criminal justice system, and ultimately help them understand how and why the American criminal justice system works as it does.

Every new copy of the text is packaged with full access to the student companion website featuring a variety of interactive study tools.

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Features & Benefits

  • Presents connections between theories of crime and policy responses. This comprehensive introduction covers all major theories of crime causation, including female criminality, and goes beyond by tying the theoretical perspectives to social policies for preventing crime.
  • Provides historical context for police, courts, and corrections. Includes brief explorations of the historical context for these components of the criminal justice system.
  • Includes substantial coverage of juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system, including what happens to juvenile offenders who are waived to criminal court and prosecuted as adults.
  • Provides current and relevant content on terrorism and cybercrime. Two of the most recent challenges to criminal justice, terrorism and cybercrime, have become extremely hot topics, are heatedly debated in Congress, and create new demands on police and the courts.
  • Field tested with undergraduate students. Several reviews were conducted with a large group of students to evaluate the text's readability, comprehensiveness, and ability to engage student attention. As a result, this revised Second Edition is student-friendly from cover to cover!
  • Instructor resources include PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, a Test Bank, and Lecture Outlines. A free access code that unlocks a variety of interactive study tools on the comprehensive student companion website is packaged with every new copy.

Applicable Courses

This updated Second Edition is ideal for undergraduate Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to the Criminal Justice System courses.

Part  I  Crime and Criminal Justice
  Chapter  1  The American Criminal Justice System
  Chapter  2  Criminal Law: The Foundation of Criminal Justice
  Chapter  3  Measuring Crime and Crime Theory
Part  II  The Police
  Chapter  4  Police History and Organization
  Chapter  5  Police and the Law
  Chapter  6  Critical Issues in Policing
Part  III  Courts
  Chapter  7  The Criminal Courts: Structure and Process
  Chapter  8  The Trial
  Chapter  9  Sentencing
Part  IV  Corrections
  Chapter  10  Corrections History and Structure
  Chapter  11  Prisons
  Chapter  12  Corrections in the Community
Part  V  Special Issues
  Chapter  13  The Juvenile Justice System
  Chapter  14  Terrorism and Cybercrime

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

Robert M. Regoli is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Colorado. In 1975, he received his PhD in sociology from Washington State University. Professor Regoli has found himself in an assortment of roles in the criminal justice system. In addition to having published more than 100 scholarly papers and authoring more than 10 books on topics ranging from police cynicism and causes of delinquency to unreported rule infractions in prisons, he also has been a crime victim, misdemeanor offender, criminal complainant and witness,  jury member, and legal consultant. Dr. Regoli is also a past-president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, former executive editor of The Social Science Journal, recipient of two William J. Fulbright senior specialist awards, and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Today, Dr. Regoli’s research is focused on the social organization of the fast-growing sport of pickleball, with an eye toward understanding the evolution of the game’s norms, roles, hierarchies, and mechanisms of social control that affect its play.

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

John D. Hewitt recently retired as professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University. He was born in Carmel, California, grew up in Indiana, and then completed his undergraduate work at Western Washington State College and his PhD at Washington State University. He has taught for more 30 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 was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Youth Services Bureau, president of the Board of Directors at Bethel Place for Boys, and testified as an expert witness in Arizona on the identification of youth gangs in schools. He has written extensively about issues of crime, criminal justice, and delinquency, including co-authoring Exploring Criminal Justice (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2008); Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017); and The Impact of Sentencing Reform, as well as numerous articles on issues ranging from the oppression of children and adolescent risk taking, to youth gangs and violence and juvenile justice policy in The People’s Republic of China.

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Marie-Helen Maras, PhD-Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Marie-Helen Maras is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Science and Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. She has taught at New York University and SUNY-Farmingdale.

In addition to her teaching and academic work, her background includes approximately seven years of service in the U.S. Navy with significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. While in the Navy, she supervised her personnel in conducting over 130 counter-surveillance operations throughout Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  During the early stages of her military career, she worked as an Electronics and Calibration Technician.

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