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Fundamentals of Criminal Justice

Homework system included
By: 
Steven E. Barkan and George J. Bryjak
Version: 
3.0
Published: 
December 2018
Page Count: 
402
Online Ebook Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Ebook Price: 
$54.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-8750-4

This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Fundamentals of Criminal Justice provides students with an accurate and comprehensive view of the police, the criminal courts, and corrections in the United States. This text is a concise, thorough, and easy-to-comprehend examination of the criminal justice system. It focuses on three main concepts that are central to the success or failure of the system and key to helping students comprehend the role that criminal justice plays, the controversies it raises, and its potential for addressing the nation's crime problem. The first concept is how the criminal justice system is structured and how it works in reality (as opposed to how it functions ideally). The second concept is the role played by race and ethnicity in the operation of the criminal justice system. And the final concept is the capacity of the criminal justice system (either as it currently exists, or with appropriate reforms) to control criminal behavior and reduce crime. Barkan and Bryjak paint a realistic and constructive portrait of the American criminal justice system.

New in This Version:
  • Updated throughout with most recent data, research and examples.
  • Examination and discussion of recent criminal justice events.
  • Several new chapters, including: Chapter 2 "Understanding and Measuring Crime; Chapter 13 "Community Corrections; Chapter 14 "Juvenile Justice" and Chapter 15: Epilogue: The Future of Criminal Justice".

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This book is now available with FlatWorld’s Homework System at no additional cost to your students.

With the new, easy-to-use Homework System, you will be able to assign questions and autograde homework. The system includes multi-format questions written specifically for your FlatWorld book, which you can access through our stand-alone interface or integrate with your learning management system (e.g. Canvas, Moodle, Brightspace/D2L, and Blackboard).

Visit the FlatWorld Homework page to learn more.

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Steve barkan

Steven E. Barkan University of Maine - Orono

Steven E. Barkan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. He is the author of several other textbooks, including: (1) Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 7e (Pearson); (2) Race, Crime, and Justice: The Continuing American Dilemma (Oxford University Press); and (3) Law and Society: An Introduction, 2e (Routledge). He has also authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in sources such as the American Sociological Review; Criminology & Public Policy; Journal of Crime and Justice; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Social Forces; and Social Problems.
Professor Barkan is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UMaine and two Textbook Excellence Awards from TAA. He sincerely hopes that instructors and students enjoy reading this book in the format of their choice and welcomes their comments at barkan@maine.edu.
George j  bryjak

George J. Bryjak University of San Diego

George J. Bryjak (Ph. D. University of San Diego, Alcala Park) taught sociology at the University of San Diego for 24 years before retiring to the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. He has been co-author of four sociology textbooks and numerous scholarly articles. His commentaries have appeared in USA Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, The Buffalo News, and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise among other newspapers in the United States and Canada.
ERRATA: Section 8.4, Learning Objectives added (2/21/19)
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