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Criminal Justice

The Essentials

Third Edition

Steven P. Lab, Marian R. Williams, Jefferson E. Holcomb, Melissa W. Burek, William R. King, and Michael E. Buerger

Publication Date - December 2012

ISBN: 9780199935895

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $44.95

The most straightforward and affordable introductory text on the market


A flexible and cost-effective alternative to larger, overwhelming texts, Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Third Edition, covers all the fundamental issues faced by law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice, leaving detailed specifics and tangential topics to the discretion of instructors to cover in class.

Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition features:

* Discussion of many new topics including private corrections, restorative justice, and fiscal austerity in the criminal justice system

* Revised and updated coverage of criminal liability, cybercrime, contemporary community corrections, juvenile delinquency, and emerging issues in criminal justice

* Strong pedagogy throughout including "Web Activities" and additional critical-thinking exercises

* An updated Companion Website containing study guides and self-quizzes, suggested websites and resources, and more (www.oup.com/us/lab)

* An updated Instructor's Resource CD with a test bank, suggestions for activities, sample syllabi, and more (available to adopting instructors)

With abundant examples--and just the right amount of sidebars and "highlights"--Criminal Justice, Third Edition, is an excellent resource for helping students to determine the most important issues in the field.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2012
January 2010
August 2007


"The simple and straightforward approach of Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Third Edition, is both its strength and its charm! The book does a fantastic job of presenting the essentials without glitzing up the content with all the boxes and repetitive summaries found in other texts. Plus, it's affordable to students." --David Weiss, Fitchburg State University

"The authors have done a great job with this book. The information they present is specific enough to cover all necessary aspects of an introductory course, yet broad enough to allow professors some room to add supplemental material wherever they choose." --Mike Bush, Northern Kentucky University

"Well researched and well written. The book has the big advantage of being written in a manner that's free from political and ideological posturing." --James Chriss, Cleveland State University

Table of Contents

    1. Crime, Criminal Justice, and Policy
    2. Issues of Law
    3. Policing and Law Enforcement
    4. The Court System
    5. Institutional Corrections
    6. Community Corrections
    7. The Juvenile Justice System
    8. Conclusion

Teaching Resources

For Instructors:

Available to adopting instructors: an updated Instructor's Resource CD with a Test Bank, suggestions for activities, sample syllabi

, Activities and Assignments, PowerPoint presentations, Links

For Students:

Self-quizzes, Flash Cards, Links



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