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Introduction to Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and the Courts

Grades: 9 - 12

Introduction to Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and the Courts is the ideal text for students interested in learning the complexities of the criminal justice system. Adapted from our higher ed course Introduction to Criminal Justice, this course is designed for high school students in a Criminal Justice CTE program or students interested in learning more about our criminal justice system.

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Introduction to Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and the Courts is the ideal text for students interested in learning the complexities of the criminal justice system. With nearly 100 years of combined experience in teaching and working in the field, the authors of this comprehensive program empower students to think critically about the U.S. criminal justice system.

Key Features

Designed with the content and support features to assist both new and seasoned teachers to bring Criminal Justice to life in the classroom:

  • Myth vs. Fact inserts debunk common misconceptions about the system and alert students to the need to question what they see in the media
  • Thinking Critically sections challenge students to think about and apply chapter concepts
  • Careers in Criminal Justice mini biographies highlight some of the most exciting career options
  • Chapter-opening Crime Stories vignettes motivate students to delve into the chapter
  • SmartBook® delivers personalized, adaptive learning tailored to each student’s individual needs by pinpointing knowledge gaps focusing instruction on the concepts that require additional study

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Part One The Foundations of Criminal Justice

  • Chapter 1 Crime and Justice in the United States 1
  • Chapter 2 Crime and Its Consequences 29
  • Chapter 3 Explaining Crime 74
  • Chapter 4 The Rule of Law 115

Part Two Law Enforcement

  • Chapter 5 History and Structure of American Law Enforcement 169
  • Chapter 6 Policing: Roles, Styles, and Functions 242
  • Chapter 7 Policing America: Issues and Ethics 299

Part Three The Courts

  • Chapter 8 The Administration of Justice 365
  • Chapter 9 Sentencing, Appeals, and the Death Penalty 430

Part Four Corrections

  • Chapter 10 Institutional Corrections 468
  • Chapter 11 Prison Life, Inmate Rights, Release, Reentry, and Recidivism 547
  • Chapter 12 Community Corrections 591

Part Five Additional Issues in Criminal Justice

  • Chapter 13 Juvenile Justice 645
  • Chapter 14 The Future of Criminal Justice in the United States 694

Glossary 726

Case Index