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Published: 15 July 2019

528 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190855628

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Foundations of Criminal Justice

Third Edition

Stephen S. Owen, J.D., Ph.D. Henry F. Fradella, Tod W. Burke, and Jerry W. Joplin

What is law? What is deviance? What is justice? How is justice achieved through law, punishment, and criminal justice agencies? Now in its third edition, Foundations of Criminal Justice uses a unique approach that provides students with the framework and the intellectual tools that they will need in order to critically analyze and evaluate the nature, sources, scope, purposes, and practical limitations of the criminal justice system. This is the only introductory survey text that moves beyond a description of the criminal justice system, helping students understand the role of criminal justice in their lives as criminal justice practitioners and as active citizens.

New to this Edition:

  • Simplified philosophical and theoretical concepts
  • Increased discussions of current topics--like pre-trial detention and its impacts, addiction and drug policy, law enforcement use of force, and police-community relations--engage students in high-profile, real-world applications of criminal justice
  • Updated statistics throughout using the latest Uniform Crime Report, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and public opinion polling data
  • Expanded instructor resources, including pre-built transition guides and sample class syllabi for easy implementation into courses of different lengths

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