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December 2018
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Fundamentals of Criminal Justice

Version 3.0
By Steven E. Barkan and George J. Bryjak

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  • Each chapter include Learning Objectives, Key Terms, and Summary Questions for Exploration.
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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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Instructor’s Manual

Instructor’s Manual

The Instructor’s Manual guides you through the main concepts of each chapter and important elements such as learning objectives, key terms, and key takeaways. Can include answers to chapter exercises, group activity suggestions, and discussion questions.

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Steven E. Barkan University of Maine

Steven E. Barkan (PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Maine. He is the author of four FlatWorld titles (Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World comprehensive and brief versions, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, and Social Problems). Steve has also authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in publications such as the American Sociological Review; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Mobilization; Review of Religious Research; Social Forces; Social Problems; Social Science Quarterly; and Sociological Forum. Steve is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; served on the council of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society; and is past president of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). Steve also received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine and, from TAA, two Textbook Excellence Awards, the President’s Award, the Pynn-Silverman Award for Lifetime Achievement, and induction into its Council of Fellows. Steve sincerely hopes that faculty and students enjoy reading his books in the formats of their choice and welcomes comments at

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.

Additions & Errata

Section 8.4, Learning Objectives added (2/21/19)

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