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Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice


Second Edition

Edited by Craig Hemmens

Publication Date - 16 September 2014

ISBN: 9780199355334

320 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Examining diverse and frequently debated topics, these in-depth essays approach "hot-button" issues from both legal and sociological perspectives


Timely and topical, Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice is a collection of in-depth essays on "hot-button" issues. The contributors--renowned scholars who have taught criminal justice and written extensively on legal issues--approach their material from both legal and sociological perspectives in order to give students a more nuanced understanding
of each topic. Short, framing introductions preface each article and put the material in context, and critical-thinking questions follow each chapter. Written in accessible and jargonfree--but not "dumbed-down"--language, this text investigates such relevant topics as gun control, racial profiling, private prisons, medical marijuana, surveillance technology, juvenile waiver laws, inmate litigation, drug testing, the death penalty, sex offender registration, and confessions and interrogations law.

New to this Edition

  • Updated, revised, or new chapters on the most recent legal issues in criminal justice
  • New pedagogical tools, including discussion questions, a list of relevant internet websites and references, and a glossary containing key terms
  • An Instructor's Resource CD that includes PowerPoint Slides and a Test Bank


  • Short introductions preface each article, putting the material in context for the student, and critical-thinking questions follow each chapter.

About the Author(s)

Craig Hemmens is Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Washington State University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2006


"Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive text that considers broad, pressing, and timely issues in the criminal justice field."--Elyshia Aseltine, Towson University

"The approach of this book is excellent. It would work very well in an advanced topics class on criminal justice issues."--Theodore P. Byrne, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Table of Contents

    About the Editor
    About the Contributors
    Preface: Craig Hemmens

    Section I: Legal Issues and Police
    1. Surveillance Technology and the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy: Claire Nolasco & Aneta Spaic
    2. Interrogations, Law, and False Confessions: Marvin Zalman
    3. The Restriction and Likely Elimination of the Exclusionary Rule: Jeffery T. Walker
    4. Racial Profiling and the Law: Brian Withrow & Jeffery D. Dailey

    Section II: Legal Issues and Courts
    5. DNA Evidence and Wrongful Convictions: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies: Mai E. Naito & Michael Vaughn
    6. The Implications of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims: Fran Bernat & Simon Zschirnt & Nicholas Godlove
    7. Sentencing Reforms and the Supreme Court: Rodney L. Engen & Ronald F. Wright

    Section III: Legal Issues and Corrections
    8. Inmate Litigation and the Constitution: Barbara Belbot & Michael Cavanaugh
    9. Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Civil Commitment Statutes: Due Process vs. Community Safety: Barbara Sims & Megan Reynolds & Leah Taylor
    10. Private Prisons and the Law: Jared Eilison & Emily Wright
    11. Collateral Consequences: The "Gift" That Kepps On Giving: Valerie Bell & Leonard Decker

    Section IV: Legal Issues and Juvenile Justice
    12. Juvenile Waiver Laws: Benjamin Steiner
    13. A Contemporary Analysis of Drug Tests, the Fourth Amendment, and the Court's Rationale for Warrantless and Suspicionless Searches: Claudia San Miguel
    14. Juvenile Life Without Parole and the Juvenile Death Penalty: Taylor Brickley & Katherine Bennett

    Section V: Miscellaneous Legal Issues
    15. Section 1983 Litigation in Criminal Justice: Darrell Ross
    16. Medical Marijuana and the States: Stacy Moak & Rocio Roles
    17. Have "Three Strikes" Laws Struck Out?: Robert P. Stallings & Shannon Womer Phaneuf & Jon Cooper
    18. Case Processing and Plea Bargaining: Brian Iannacchione
    19. Gun Control: David Brody & Chyla Aguiar
    20. The Patriot Act: Where Is It Today?: Sue Carter Collins


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