Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 June 2018

416 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190679279

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Making Sense of Criminal Justice

Policies and Practices

Third Edition

G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell

  • Encourages students to think critically about controversial issues like the death penalty and gun control
  • Examines the confluence of the criminal justice system, politics, and policymaking
  • Engages students with an approachable writing style
  • Invites upper-level students to apply their preexisting knowledge of police, courts, and corrections to specific points of interest
  • Stand-alone chapters allow professors to tailor the chapter order according to their needs

New to this Edition:

  • Offers an expanded focus on evidence-based practices
  • A new Chapter 3, Understanding Criminal Justice Policy, provides more in-depth coverage of several policies and policy-analysis tools than the previous edition
  • Chapter 5, Police and the Use of Force, covers several of the high-profile cases involving the shooting of racial minorities (particularly African Americans) by the police in several locations
  • Chapter 9, Gender and Justice, expansds on issues of violence against women, including responding to sexual assaults on campus and untested sexual-assault kits
  • Chapter 15, Security Versus Liberty in the 21st Century, considers questions of privacy versus the expanded use of surveillance techniques by governments at all levels
  • Provides revised and expanded Critical Review Questions for each chapter
  • Includes five suggested writing assignments for each chapter
  • An Ancillary Resource Center contains instructor resources including a Test Bank and PowerPoint lecture slides

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