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Criminal Justice

Author(s): Scott H. Belshaw, Lee DeBoer

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017

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Criminal Justice introduces the many facets of the U.S. criminal justice system in a logical, readily understandable manner. The reader will understand the complexity of the criminal justice system from the start of the process to the end, recognize controversies, and examine the breadth of the challenges faced by justice professionals.

This introduction to Criminal Justice goes beyond standard criminal justice publications by including Career Connections features that profile specific professions, Ethics and Professionalism vignettes that highlight real-life or hypothetical ethical dilemmas, Critical Thinking questions that invite the reader to discuss his/her thoughts and opinions, and Exhibits which are documents and legislation related to criminal justice topics.

Written by a collection of experts in each of the fields of criminal justice, the 2nd edition of Criminal Justice:

  • features a new chapter on Domestic and International Terrorism.
  • develops critical thinking skills by presenting real world examples that highlight difficult choices faced by our society, the justice system, and those attempting to develop a clear and unbiased policy.
  • reduces the reader’s bias on crime control by encouraging self reflection and encourages him/her to adopt alternative points of view and understand criminal justice issues from a variety of perspectives.
  • provides a balanced, full-scale perspective of the criminal justice system, supplemented by scholarly support from criminal justice experts, researchers, and theorists.
  • encourages robust, well-rounded discussions by including inherently controversial and political topics.
  • features 13 comprehensive chapters divided into 5 overarching sections: Overview of the Criminal Justice System, Law Enforcement in the 21st Century, The American Court System, The Consequences of Crime: Corrections, and Special Topics in Criminal Justice.
  • integrates online content within the textbook framework in a chapter-by-chapter format.  Online learning material includes access to media links, interactive activities, PowerPoint presentations, flash cards, and test bank.
  • is perfect for your introduction to criminal justice course!

Section 1: Overview of the Criminal Justice System

Chapter 1  Introduction to Criminal Justice 

Chapter 2  Theories of Crime and Behavior 

Section 2: Law Enforcement in the 21st Century

Chapter 3 Policing in America 

Chapter 4  Policing: Roles, Functions, and Challenges  

Section 3: The American Court System

Chapter 5  The Court System in the United States 

Chapter 6  Sentencing and Judgment 

Section 4: The Consequences of Crime: Corrections

Chapter 7  Prisons and Jails 

Chapter 8  Prison Life 

Chapter 9  Special Issues in Corrections 

Section 5: Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Chapter 10  Juvenile Justice 

Chapter 11  Victimology and Victims’ Rights 

Chapter 12  Domestic and International Terrorism

Chapter 13  The Future of Criminal Justice

Scott H. Belshaw

Scott H. Belshaw is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Dr. Belshaw holds a Ph.D. in Juvenile Criminal Justice from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from the University of Houston-Downtown. He also holds both a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Belshaw’s criminal justice experience includes working many years with the Harris County Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department serving as a probation officer, gang intelligence officer, and court liaison probation officer. Dr. Belshaw has published books on organized crime and constitutional law. He has published numerous research articles in criminal justice journals. Dr. Belshaw is currently serving as the Director of the Cyber Forensics Lab at the University of North Texas.

Lee DeBoer

Lee DeBoer holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of North Texas-Denton, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, a member of the Texas A&M University System. He is currently ABD (all but dissertation) and working on his dissertation about the effects of student perceptions on the fear of crime regarding campus safety and carrying concealed handguns on a university campus. He is currently a professor of criminal justice at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He has also served as an adjunct professor in criminal justice at Brown Mackie College in Bedford, Texas. He currently serves on the Para-legal Advisory Board at Collin College and serves on the Interdisciplinary Committee on Race, Poverty and Crime at Collin College. He continues to serves as faculty advisor for the Gamma Alpha Epsilon American Criminal Justice Association student organization at Collin College. He also served as a legal studies instructor for Frisco I.S.D. at their Career and Technical Education Center instructing high school students in criminal justice studies. Prior to entering academia, Lee DeBoer served as a Master Peace Officer for the City of Pittsburg and the City of Farmersville in the State of Texas. During his tenure working in the City of Pittsburg, He worked in criminal investigations, inventory of criminal evidence, and Uniform Crime Report statistics reporting.

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