Criminal Law Today

Criminal Law Today : An Introduction with Capstone Cases

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For sophomore/junior-level courses in Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminal Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Administration of Justice.This text is designed to introduce students to the fundamental nature of law, to give them an overview of general legal principles, and to help them develop a special understanding of the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary form and function in today's American society. Real stories and photographs of contemporary situations and issues bring the content to life, and Capstone Cases provide insights into the everyday workings of American jurisprudence and illustrate the logic by which appellate decisions are made.show more

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  • Hardback | 747 pages
  • 208.3 x 279.4 x 35.6mm | 1,769.03g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130922048
  • 9780130922045

About Frank Schmalleger

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Director of The Justice Research Association, a private consulting firm and "think tank" focusing on issues of law, crime, and justice. The Justice Research Association, which is based in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, serves the needs of the nation's civil and criminal justice planners, administrators, and educators through workshops, conferences, and grant-writing and program evaluation support. Its most significant project to date is the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium (CJDLC). CJDLC can be found on the Web at http://www.cjcentral.com/cjdlc. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's (1970) and doctorate (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last sixteen of those years, he chaired the university's Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. He was named Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2001. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university's graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research's online graduate program, helping to build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Web surfer, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including one that supports this textbook http://www.prenhall.com/schmalleger. Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used Criminal Justice Today (Prentice Hall, 2001); Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2002); Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2002); Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997); Computers in Criminal Justice (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); Career Paths: A Guide to jobs in Federal Law Enforcement (Regents/ Prentice Hall, 1994); Criminal Justice Ethics (Greenwood Press, 1991); Finding Criminal Justice in the Library (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); Ethics in Criminal Justice (Wyndham Hall Press, 1990); A History of Corrections (Foundations Press of Notre Dame, 1983); and The Social Basis of Criminal Justice (University Press of America, 1'981). Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal The Justice Professional.show more

Table of contents

(NOTE:Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary, Questions for Discussion, Legal Resource on the World Wide Web, Suggested Readings and Classic Works, as well as Capstone Cases.)1. The Nature and History of Criminal Law. What Is Criminal Law? The Purpose of Law? Historical Sources of Today's Law. The Federal System. The Model Penal Code.2. Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime. The Adversarial System. The Basic Elements of Crime.3. Expanding the Concept of Crime. Corpus Delicti. Additional Elements of Crime.4. Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses and Parties to Crime. Criminal Attempt. Criminal Conspiracy. Criminal Solicitation. Parties to Crime.5. Justifications as Defenses. Types of Defense. The Nature of Defense. Justification as a Defense.6. Excuses as Defenses. The Nature of Excuses. Categories of Excuses.7. The Defense of Insanity. Competency to Stand Trial. Purpose of the Insanity Defense. The Insanity Defense-A Common Misunderstanding. What Is Insanity? History of Insanity Defense. Diminished Capacity. How Widely Used Is the Insanity Defense?8. Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide. Criminal Homicide. Murder. Mansluaghter. Negligent Homicide. Suicide.9. Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, and Other Personal Crimes. Assault, Battery, and Mayhem. Sex Offenses. Kidnapping and False Imprisonment.10. Legal and Social Dimensions of Property and Computer Crimes. Theft Crimes. Consolidation of Theft Crimes. Burglary. Arson. Computer and High-Technology Crimes.11. Offenses against Public Order and the Administration of Justice. Crimes Against Public Order. Crimes Against the Administration of Government.12. Offenses against Public Morality. Crimes Against Public Decency and Morality.13. Victims and the Law. Who Is a Victim? A Short History of the Victim. Victim's Rights Legislation. Victim Statistics. The Costs of Criminal Victimization. Restitution.14. Punishment and Sentencing. Sentencing Rationales. Imposing Criminal Sanctions. Plea Bargaining. Traditional Sentencing Options. Hate Crimes. Capital Punishment. Intermediate Sanctions.Appendix A: The Constitution of the United States of America. Appendix B: The Model Penal Code Excerpts. Glossary. Table of Cases. Subject Index.show more

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