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Published: 15 July 2021

288 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197546963

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Criminal Justice: The Essentials

Sixth Edition

Steven Lab

  • Fleixible with just eight chapters that can be supplemented easily.
  • Cost effective.
  • Web activity boxes direct students online to a wealth of additional resources.
  • Critical thinking exercises help develop the important critical thinking skillset.

New to this Edition:

  • Critical thinking exercises have been revised and new exercises added throughout the chapters
  • Each chapter includes new/updated Web Activities that direct the reader to resources either on the book's dedicated web-site or at a wide range of government and private sites
  • All the material has been updated to reflect the most recent data available
  • Chapter 1 has updated information on the UCR and the advent of NIBRS, criminal justice reform, materials on disproportionate minority contact, and restorative justice. Sections on social media and the police use of force have been moved to the textbook website.
  • Chapter 2 has updated the status of various laws including issues of LGBTQ rights, statutory rape, stand your ground and duty to retreat, and COVID-19 and the law.
  • Chapter 3 contains new discussions on the role of the police in society, deadly force, and body cameras
  • In Chapter 4, the data has been updated throughout and some material on changes in mandatory sentencing were added, specialty courts, and COVID-19 and the courts.
  • Chapter 5 has new materials on the incarceration of women and on prisoner classification
  • In Chapter 7, there are updated statistics, added material on recent Supreme Court cases addressing the death penalty and life-without-parole for juveniles, and added a section on disproportionate minority contact. We have moved the discussion on sexting and to the website.
  • The final chapter has added a discussion on criminal justice reform and shifted the discussion on the opioid crisis to the web.

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