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Foundations of Criminal Justice

ISBN: 9780195387322 | 0195387325
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 11/18/2011

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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 Justiceaddresses 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 CriminalJusticehelps 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 issuesincluding 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 featuresincluding 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 format SUPPLEMENTS * Instructor's Resource CD:Contains a computerized Test Bank, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, questions for use with "clicker" technology, suggestions for assignments and in-class activities, sample syllabi, semester-length projects, teaching tips, and suggestions for how to use the book in a variety of contexts * Companion Website( Provides a variety of resources including self-quizzes for students, brief chapter summaries, links to all the court decisions mentioned in the text, further readings, glossary flashcards, and related links

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