Now in its 11th edition, Wadsworth/Cengage published David Neubauer and Hank Fradella's America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System in January 2013. This book offers a comprehensive explanation of criminal courts presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner. The text's innovative "courtroom workgroup" model, which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, brings the courtroom to life. This modern edition offers coverage that reflects recent policy-shaping and headline-making developments. It also incorporates student-learning and review tools, including "Law and Popular Culture" boxes. This new feature spotlights popular media portrayals of courts and the people who work in them as depicted on television or in the movies to help students think critically about their media-formed misconceptions about the courts system.
Published in 2012 by Wadsworth/Cengage, Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professiona is the most accurate, up-to-date, and readable criminal procedure text available today, and its uniquely practical, real-life approach make it the best possible reference book for current and future criminal justice professionals. From individual rights to arrest, search and seizure, confessions, and pretrial identifications, this best seller provides students with all the information they need to understand the legal aspects of police investigatory practices. Using clear and concise statements of criminal procedure law and understandable explanations of the reasoning behind the law, authors Ferdico, Fradella, and Totten clarify potentially confusing and obscure legal matter. They reduce the complexity of criminal procedure law into simple, straightforward guidelines and recommendations, illustrated with interesting examples of actual cases.
What is law? What is deviance? What is justice? How is justice achieved through law, punishment, and criminal justice agencies? In Foundations of Criminal Justice, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press, Dr. Fradella and his co-authors draw on an interdisciplinary body of theory and current research, employing concepts from sociology, political science, psychology, legal theory, philosophy, and policy theory to address these issues utilizing a distinctive "foundations" approach. This unique approach critically analyzes and evaluates the nature, sources, scope, purposes, and practical limitations of the criminal justice system.
Wadsworth/Cengage also published another of Dr. Fradella's books in early 2008, the second edition of his text Forensic Psychology: The Use of Behavioral Science in Civil and Criminal Justice. The book provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary coverage of forensic psychology, drawing from literature in psychology, law, sociology, philosophy, and public policy. It includes background information on major psychological paradigms and research methods; an overview of law, its functions, its methods, and judicial processes; a chapter dedicated to forensic clinical assessment and an appendix with the major diagnostic criteria for mental disorders that have particular relevance to forensic psychology; a chapter critiquing behavioral science, focusing on its roles in the medicalization of deviance and social control; criminal competencies to plead guilty, waive counsel, testify, waive an insanity defense, be sentenced, and be executed; involuntary civil commitment; civil competencies regarding contracts, wills, parental fitness, and guardianship/conservatorship; interdisciplinary coverage of police psychology, the psychology of juries, and the psychology of sentencing, punishment, and corrections; and in-depth, interdisciplinary coverage of all of the major uses of behavioral science in both the civil and criminal justice systems, such as issues concerning competency to stand trial; the insanity defense; diminished capacity based defenses such as the Black Rage Defense, the PMS Defense, media Intoxication defenses, the Battered Woman's Syndrome Defense, and other leading defense.
Highly accessible and engaging, the sixth edition of Dr. Judy Hails's book Criminal Evidence was published in early 2008 by Wadsworth/Cengage. The book provides comprehensive coverage of all evidentiary topics common in criminal proceedings in a brief, reader-friendly paperback format that is uniquely affordable and manageable. The text thoroughly explores constitutional issues essential to the collection and seizure of admissible evidence and legal interrogation, carefully outlining concepts and processes applicable to every state and pointing out where great interstate variation exists or specific state codes may have a strong impact. Full of realistic case scenarios, the text maintains a strong practical focus to prepare students to apply their knowledge and skills in the real world as working law enforcement professionals. The newest is more practical and applied than ever, with new real-world case scenarios to open each chapter and vividly illustrate key concept(s), activities throughout the text to help students apply learning in a realistic context, and writing assignments in every chapter based on relevant and compelling real-life cases. It also includes abundant new material on important current trends and topics such as terrorism and homeland security, scientific evidence, Federal Rules of Evidence, hearsay, the appellate system, and other key areas students will likely encounter as they begin or continue their careers a professional law enforcement officials.
This student-friendly text provides a comprehensive and unique view into the world of women interacting with the criminal justice system. Authors Stacy L. Mallicoat and Connie Ireland explore key topics on women as victims, offenders, and criminal justice workers as they interact with various areas in criminal justice. They investigate relevant subjects that are not found in many traditional texts, including women who work as victim advocates, and international issues of crime and justice for women. They highlight important discussions such as rape in the military or the Girls Scouts Beyond Bars program, and offer case studies on well-known offenders such as Mary Kay Letourneau and Andrea Yates. The text also provides a unique vignette on the story of Karla and Diana, two childhood friends whose lives take a dramatic turn throughout different aspects of the criminal justice system. This vignette, a composite of many subjects and case studies from the authors' research and field experiences, highlights many of the major concepts for each chapter.
In 2010, Dr. Ireland took over the researching and writing of The Dictionary of Criminal Justice, a project originally begun years ago by former CSULB Professor George Rush. The new 7th edition brings together in one, easy-to-use guide more than 3,600 definitions from the many disciplines that compose the field of criminal justice— including U.S. and English common law, penology, psychology, law enforcement, political science, and business administration. The volume also features summaries of nearly 1,000 key U.S. Supreme Court rulings affecting criminal justice, an appendix of juried academic journals, and a new appendix compilation of websites in the field.
Prior to his passing, CSULB Professor Dr. Bruce L. Berg co-authored two editions of Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Practice and Applications with his colleague and friend, Dr. Robert J. Mutchnick. Keeping our late colleague's vision alive, Dr. Connie Ireland revised and expanded the text into its third edition. The new edition focuses on how social scientific research methods are used within all areas of criminal justice. This text combines a traditional research textbook with exercises that allow students to experience research in a controlled environment. It is a stand-alone text for use in introductory courses and can also be used as a companion methods manual for use with most traditional social scientific research textbooks. This text offers readers basic information about methodological concerns through the use of brief readings and a variety of practice exercises relating to those readings. Published in 2009, the new edition of this book is available through Pearson/Prentice Hall.
A study of New York City drug users (ages 22-33) who self-identify as (dance) “club kids” challenges stereotypes of the typical drug user and common assumptions about controlling drug-related harms. Ethnographic research illuminates the club kids’ distinctive subculture, describes their patterns of drug use, and explores the factors that protect them from harms such as arrests and illness. Richly detailed and remarkably candid interview data vividly portray how the subjects manage to maintain productive, middle-class lifestyles despite engaging in heavy drug use.
Dr. Perrone situates the club kids in a historical perspective as a subculture with distinctive rituals, styles, tastes and cultural norms. The emergence of club kid culture and the clubbing experience are in conformity with current worldwide trends in consumption, commercialization and globalization.
The data indicate that the club kids’ strive to protect themselves from harms by their choices among drugs, the settings where they use drugs, and their mindsets during use. Also facilitating controlled drug use are the subjects’ high levels of economic and social capital, ample life and job skills (human capital), extensive social networks, and maturation through the typical life-course of educated middle class Americans.
The threat of criminal justice sanctions was not a significant factor in the club kids’ moderation in drug use, efforts at harm avoidance, or eventual desistance. Instead, the club kids’ cultural norms and socio-economic statuses were the predominant influences on their drug use and experiences. Implications for national drug policy are assessed.
Published in 2006 by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., The Sex Crimes Scenario is Tolbert’s first book. The qualitative, empirical study is based on more than four years of face-to-face interviews with 20 women of varying social and demographic backgrounds. The common theme between them is that all had experienced some form of sexual assault during the course of their lives. “I wanted to understand the facilitators and barriers affecting the way women report sex crimes,” said Tolbert, a Long Beach resident who joined the university in 1997. The Sex Crimes Scenario is a theoretical model that provides a way to answer some of the questions inherent to the paradox. Despite the belief that rape, domestic violence, incest, and a range of criminal activity involving sexual assault, are anomalous occurrences, sex crimes such as domestic violence do not occur within a vacuum. Rather, they are produced within the context of a scenario which constitutes a series of events, situations and circumstances that come together in time and space to form relationships where sex crimes are committed on a regular basis. She hopes that readers come away from her book with a deeper understanding of the significance of sex crimes. “They exist and they’re not going away,” she said. “The numbers of sex crimes occurring today are increasing, while the numbers of women reporting them are decreasing. It seems counter-intuitive but it’s true. Despite all the advances women have made in the last 30 years, it appears there are still silent forces operating in our society designed to thwart any attempt for women to find encouragement and support in these situations.”
Published in 2010 by Cengage, this book offers a comprehensive survey of the major criminological and delinquency theories, including their philosophical foundations, policy implications, empirical support, and criticisms.
Dr. Vogel and her colleague Dr. Robert Bohm provide a concise overview of a range of crime and delinquency theories. Begins by discussing the philosophical assumptions on which all theories are based and how the different theories can be judged in relation to each other, then describes each theory, identifies its policy implications, and critiques each theory. This edition contains new study questions, and expanded discussion of biocriminology, race-IQ-crime theory, and anomie theory.
Published in English in June 2007 by the Press of China Public Security University, Asia Organized Crime and Gangs in the US is considered the first book on such a topic. Published in hard and soft cover, Asian Organized Crime features 13 articles written by Wang for various refereed journals in the U.S. from 1993-2005. The 13 articles cover a variety of subjects ranging from Triads, Asian gang affiliation patterns, bank robbery, and illegal immigration to Laotian/Hmong gangs. Wang demonstrates his application of 10 research approaches such as trend study, contextual study, survey (quantitative analysis), interview (qualitative analysis), theory testing, theory and policy construction, modus operandi analysis, content analysis, cases study, and field work. In the appendix section, Wang provides a list of journals, abstract, indexes and online Web sites on criminal justice and criminology by category and alphabetic order. Wang argues the increase of transnational crime is related to the growth of electronic and digital technology, the lag time between crime and the laws, and the rise of international business. “Today’s Asian criminals have moved from street crimes to high tech crimes,” he said. “The technology like Internet, cyberspace, laser printer, and international telephone cards is readily available. Plus, we need to improve our laws and plug the loopholes. The law needs to catch up with criminals before it can catch them.” Further, the growing number of international travelers has made more and more people into citizens of the world, Wang believes. “There are big language and cultural barriers to overcome as part of transnational business and that relates to transnational crime as well,” he said. “The solution to fighting against such crimes effectively is a better understanding of both sides of our world. A transnational crime task force could be formed between the East and the West to make that fight more effective in the future.”
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