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Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Practice and Process

Fifth Edition
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March 2023 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A practical and applied introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Practice and Process shows students how to think practically about the criminal justice system by offering them a proven, problem-based approach to learning. Bestselling authors Kenneth J. Peak and Tamara D. Madensen-Herold draw on their many years of combined practitioner and academic experience to explain the importance of criminal justice and show how key trends, emerging issues, historical background, and practical lessons can be applied in the field. The new Fifth Edition includes learn-by-doing activities at the end of each chapter, review questions, case studies, and a list of key terms, allowing students to enhance their critical analysis and problem-solving skills.

Part I: Criminal Justice as a System: The Basics
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Criminal Justice: Essential Themes and Practices
Chapter 2: Foundations of Law and Crime: Nature, Elements, and Measurement
Chapter 3: Theories of Criminality and Crime
Chapter 4: Ethical Essentials: Doing Right When No One Is Watching
Part II: The Police
Chapter 5: Police Organization: Structure and Functions
Chapter 6: Police at Work: Patrolling and Investigating
Chapter 7: Policing Methods and Challenges: Issues of Force, Reform, and Liability
Chapter 8: Expounding the Constitution: Laws of Arrest, Search, and Seizure
Part III: The Courts
Chapter 9: Court Organization: Structure, Functions, and the Trial Process
Chapter 10: The Bench and the Bar: Those Who Judge, Prosecute, and Defend
Chapter 11: Court Methods and Challenges: Sentencing and Punishment
Part IV: Corrections
Chapter 12: Prisons and Jails: Structure and Function
Chapter 13: The World Behind Bars: The “Keepers” and the “Kept”
Chapter 14: Corrections in the Community: Probation, Parole, and Other Alternatives to Incarceration
Part V: Spanning the System: Methods and Issues
Chapter 15: Juvenile Justice: Philosophy, Law, and Practices
Chapter 16: On the Crime Policy and Prevention Agenda: Immigration, Mass Murder, the Cyber Threat


Instructor Resource Site
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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
  • Discussion questions
  • Sample course syllabi
  • All tables and figures from the textbook
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Just not what I was looking for.

Professor Gary Will
Criminal Justice, Waldorf University
February 23, 2023
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.
  • New chapter-opening vignettes for each chapter aim to increase student interest and engagement.
  • Several new Case Study boxes explore current issues in criminal justice and help students dig deeper into the material.
  • New You Be the... boxes offer a broader range of perspectives for students to take on, such as those of sentencing commissioners and policy makers.
  • Additional chapter-by-chapter updates including coverage of recent fentanyl legislation, summaries of recent Supreme Court decisions governing Fourth Amendment issues, effects of COVID-19 on prison and jail populations, updates on prison and jail demographics, etc.
  • Student on the Street Videos breathe life into concepts with stories drawn from common student misconceptions of criminal justice.
  • Criminal Justice in Practice Videos offer students career advice, provide insights into a variety of career paths, and discuss challenges and misconceptions of each profession.
  • Career Videos feature criminal justice professionals discussing their day-to-day work and current issues related to technology, diversity, and cutting-edge developments in their field.
  • Assessment questions give students the opportunity to test their knowledge of forthcoming material before reading the chapter and a separate answer key allows students to check their answers after reading the chapter.
  • Practitioner’s Perspective boxes present profiles of criminal justice professionals and allow students to hear about the nature of their work, academic preparation, and the decisions they make.
  • Investigating Further boxes explore current issues in criminal justice and help students dig deeper into the material.
  • Going Global boxes give glimpses into comparative criminal justice systems, law, and practices in different countries.
  • Learn by Doing activities engage students with the material and help them apply the content to maximize retention.
Vantage Reference: 
Introduction to Criminal Justice- Vantage Learning Platform