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An Introduction to Criminal Justice

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April 2017 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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A contemporary guide to the criminal justice process, the broad scope of this book means it will be a trusted companion throughout a Criminology and/or Criminal Justice degree.

The contents of An Introduction to Criminal Justice include:

  • 23 chapters spanning all that’s involved with, and fully contextualising, the criminal justice process: the agencies, institutions and processes and procedures that deal with victims, offenders and offending
  • A detailed timeline of criminal justice since 1945
  • Consideration of victims and witnesses, complaints and misconduct
  • A comprehensive review of policing, prosecution, the courts, imprisonment and community sanctions
  • A focus on community safety, crime prevention and youth justice
  • A review of the effectiveness of the criminal justice process
  • Exploration of global and international dimensions as well as the futures of criminal justice 
  • Lots of helpful extras including further reading suggestions, case studies, self-study questions and a glossary of terms.

The accompanying website to An Introduction to Criminal Justice has:

  • A podcast interview with a police officer
  • Practice essay questions
  • Multiple choice questions 
  • Suggested website resources to explore
  • Videos.
Pamela Davies, George Mair, Jamie Harding
1 Introduction
George Mair, Jamie Harding, Pamela Davies
Part One: The Criminal Justice Process in Context
George Mair
2 Criminal Justice Since 1945: a brief history
Ian Mahoney
3 Definitions and the Counting of Crime
Joanne Clough
4 Purposes of the Criminal Justice Process
Hannah Bows
5 Characteristics of Offenders
Colin Webster
6 Diversity and the Criminal Justice Process
Ian Marsh
7 Media Representations of Criminal Justice
Tim Newburn
8 Government, Governance and Criminal Justice
Mike Hough
9 Researching Criminal Justice
Jamie Harding, Pamela Davies, George Mair
Part Two: The Criminal Justice Process
Esther Van Ginneken
10 Community Safety and Crime Prevention
Matt Jones and Kelly Stockdale
11 Policing
Tanya Wyatt and Mary Laing
12 Policing as Part of a Multi-Agency Approach
Alison Howey
13 Prosecution and the Alternatives
Bankole Cole and Timi Osidipe
14 Criminal Courts
George Mair
15 Community Sentences
Charlotte Bilby
16 Imprisonment
Harriet Pierpoint
17 Parole and Release from Prison
Tim Bateman
18 Youth Justice
Jamie Harding
19 Dealing with Complaints and Misconduct
Ian Cook and Pamela Davies
20 Supporting Victims and Witnesses
Pamela Davies, George Mair, Jamie Harding
Part Three: Key Issues in Criminal Justice
Mike Rowe
21 Does the Criminal Justice Process Work?
Matthew Hall
22 Globalisation and International Criminal Justice
George Mair, Jamie Harding, Pamela Davies
23 Criminal Justice Futures
 
Glossary
 
Index

A well organised and engaging book - provides a sound introduction to the criminal justice system combining necessary basic knowledge and introduction to contested and complex ideas and evidence that underpin it.

Mr Adam Calverley
Criminology & Sociological Studies, Hull University
February 15, 2018
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • 23 chapters spanning all that’s involved with, and fully contextualising, the criminal justice process: the agencies, institutions and processes and procedures that deal with victims, offenders and offending
  • A detailed timeline of criminal justice since 1945
  • Consideration of victims and witnesses, complaints and misconduct
  • A comprehensive review of policing, prosecution, the courts, imprisonment and community sanctions
  • A focus on community safety, crime prevention and youth justice
  • A review of the effectiveness of the criminal justice process
  • Exploration of global and international dimensions as well as the futures of criminal justice 
  • Lots of helpful extras including further reading suggestions, case studies, self-study questions and a glossary of terms.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Harding et al - An Introduction to Ciminal Justice - Introduction


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