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Criminal (In)Justice

Criminal (In)Justice
A Critical Introduction

Second Edition
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March 2022 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Criminal (In)Justice: A Critical Introduction examines the American criminal justice system and the social forces that shape it. Using a conversational voice, the book challenges readers to consider the inequalities in the criminal justice system as well as in the broader society it is designed to protect, then ask, "What can I do to make this better?"

Author Aaron Fichtelberg uses a unique, critical perspective to encourage students to look closer at the intersection of race, class, gender, and inequality in the criminal justice system. Covering each of the foundational areas of the criminal justice system—policing, courts, and corrections—this book takes an in-depth look at the influence of social inequality, making it ideal for instructors who want students to critically assess the American criminal justice system in a very approachable way.

This second edition comes at a time when there is a profound awareness that the criminal justice system reflects deep and systematic inequalities in American society and has been updated to include some of these monumental changes.

This title is accompanied by a complete teaching and learning package. Contact your SAGE representative to request a demo.
  • Digital Option / Courseware
    SAGE Vantage
    is an intuitive digital platform that delivers this text’s content and course materials in a learning experience that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers simple course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • LMS Cartridge (formerly known as SAGE Coursepacks): Import this title’s instructor resources into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Don’t use an LMS? You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site. Learn more.

Section I: Crime
Chapter 1: Defining, Classifying, and Measuring Crime
Chapter 2: Criminal Law
Chapter 3: Criminology
Chapter 4: Crime and Inequality
Section II: Policing
Chapter 5: The Nature and History of Policing
Chapter 6: Modern Policing
Chapter 7: Police Deviance
Section III: Courts and Trials
Chapter 8: Courts
Chapter 9: Criminal Trials
Section IV: Corrections and Special Topics
Chapter 10: The Theory and History of Punishment
Chapter 11: Prison Life
Chapter 12: Alternatives to Prison
Chapter 13: The Death Penalty
Chapter 14: Juvenile Justice


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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include:
  • Test banks
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides
Don’t use an LMS platform?

You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.
Key features
  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • Data has been updated to include more recent research on crime and criminal justice.
  • The language is more inclusive, and coverage of different racial and ethnic minority groups have been incorporated to better reflect the experiences of a diverse society.
  • Recent events have been incorporated into the text, including the prosecution and conviction of Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd case.
  • New topics include rape on college campuses (Chapter 4), defunding the police (Chapter 7), and voting rights of people who are incarcerated (Chapter 11).

  • A conversational writing style speaks directly to students to make the material more approachable.
  • Reality Check boxes address common myths and misconceptions about the criminal justice system.
  • Criminal (In)Justice boxes highlight examples of inequality in criminal justice and potential remedies for the issues facing the system.
  • What Would You Do? boxes engage students with critical thinking scenarios aimed at applying chapter material to real-life situations.
  • Where Do I Fit In? boxes feature practical advice -- from career opportunities to tips on what to do when pulled over by a police officer -- to give students more insight into how to interact with the criminal justice system.
  • Some Statistics boxes reinforce learning about the issues facing the criminal justice system from an evidence-based perspective with up-to-date data and statistics.
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