Foundations of Criminal Justice

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What is law? What is deviance? What is justice? How is justice achieved through law, punishment, and criminal justice agencies? Foundations of Criminal Justice addresses these issues utilizing a distinctive "foundations" approach. This unique approach provides students with the framework and the intellectual tools they need in order to critically analyze and evaluate the nature, sources, scope, purposes, and practical limitations of the criminal justice system. The only introductory survey text that moves beyond a description of the criminal justice system, Foundations of Criminal Justice helps students understand the role of criminal justice in their lives as criminal justice practitioners and as active citizens. DISTINCTIVE FEATURES* Provides practical, real-world examples that allow students to connect theoretical ideas to actual practice in criminal justice agencies* Draws on an interdisciplinary body of theory and current research, employing concepts from sociology, policy theory, psychology, legal theory, and philosophy* Explores key issues including the role of morality and legal philosophy in the construction of law; the nature of deviance, social control, and criminal behavior; perspectives on the concept of justice (criminal, civil, social, and individual); the role of criminal procedure, criminal law, and criminal punishment; and the operations and limitations* Offers rich pedagogical features including a "Case Study" feature at the beginning of each chapter exploring real-life situations; a "Focus Question" at the opening of each section that provides a framework for the forthcoming chapters; end-of-chapter "Criminal Justice Problem Solving" features examining issues and ongoing struggles within the field; and a "Photo Essay" at the opening of each unit that draws students into the material in an exciting, visual formatshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 435 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, colour line drawings, colour tables, maps, figures
  • 0195387325
  • 9780195387322

About Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice Stephen S Owen

Stephen S. Owen is Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University. Henry F. Fradella is Professor of Law, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Tod W. Burke is Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University and Associate Dean for the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. Jerry W. Joplin is Professor of Justice and Policy Studies at Guilford more

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"I have finally found a textbook for introductory criminal justice courses that facilitates critical thinking, reflection, application of ideas, and philosophical inquiry. In Foundations of Criminal Justice, the authors move beyond simple descriptions of the components of the criminal justice system by challenging students to consider and contemplate how scholars and practitioners define the criminal justice system. The knowledge students should gain from this book is the ideal preface to every other area of study within criminal justice. This textbook is loaded with case studies, photo essays, and critical thinking questions that generate great class discussions. The publishers wisely printed this textbook in paperback to keep the cost reasonable for students."--Martha Earwood, University of Alabama at Birmingham[Martha Earwood (2013): Foundations of Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, DOI:10.1080/10511253.2013.792460]show more

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