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Criminal Justice - Introductory Cases and Materials, Fourth Edition

NCJ Number
J Kaplan; J H Skolnick
Date Published
687 pages
This criminal justice overview text discusses criminal case processing institutions, from police to prosecutor, defense attorney, courts, sentencing, and corrections.
The book begins with an introduction to the concept of crime, addressing major issues associated with this concept, including how criminality is measured, its variety, and justifications for punishing criminals. An overview of the criminal system includes a discussion of values underlying two models of the criminal process, the crime control and due process models. A history of the police is followed by a review of police responsibilities and police legal limitations. An analysis of constitutional rights focuses on the privilege against self-incrimination, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and the exclusionary rule. The roles of both the prosecutor and the defense attorney are discussed, followed by a review of the bail process. Remaining chapters cover each of the following subjects: the trial; the guilty plea, including plea negotiations; the correctional enterprise; sentencing; and capital punishment. Chapter recommended readings, a table of cases, and subject index.


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