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Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Systems, Diversity, and Change

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January 2015 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change offers a brief, accessible approach to criminal justice with comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of all aspects of the criminal justice system in 14 succinct chapters. Using four true criminal cases as examples in each chapter, students are shown real-life pathways and outcomes of criminal behavior and victimization. Designed to show the interconnectivity within the criminal justice system, each case study provides concrete examples of events, concepts, and terms. Bring the true stories to life with original video content featuring exclusive interviews with the individuals appearing in 3 of the 4 cases. Additionally, unique topics such as ethics, policy, gender, victimization, and white-collar crime are discussed throughout the text. Offered both in print and Interactive eBook forms, this text provides flexible modes of instruction and appeals to students of all learning styles.


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Thank You
About the Authors
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Crime and the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 2: The Nature and Extent of Crime
Chapter 3: Criminal Justice and the Law
Chapter 4: The History of Policing
Chapter 5: On the Streets: Organization, Responsibilities, and Challenges
Chapter 6: Police and the Rule of Law
Chapter 7: The Courts and Judiciary
Chapter 8: The Prosecution, Defense, and Pretrial Activities
Chapter 9: The Criminal Trial and Sentencing
Chapter 10: Correctional Responses in the Community
Chapter 11: Institutional Corrections
Chapter 12: Prison Life and Life After Prison
Chapter 13: The Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 14: Exploring Specialized and Topical Issues
Appendix: The Bill of Rights


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  • Test banks built on Bloom’s Taxonomy to provide a diverse range of test items with Respondus test generation, which allow you to save time and offer a pedagogically robust way to measure your students’ understanding of the material
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included.
  • Original Video: Exclusive! Original video created for the text features the authors discussing topics in the text, career insights from professionals in the Criminal Justice field, as well as exclusive interviews with the individuals featured in the cases within the text.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions.
  • Course cartridge for easy LMS integration.
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  • Mobile-friendly eflashcards to strengthen understanding of key concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes to encourage self-guided assessment and practice
  • Carefully selected video and multimedia content that enhance exploration of key topics
  • EXCLUSIVE access to full-text SAGE journal articles  and other readings, which support and expand on chapter concepts
  • Original video exclusively created for the text brings concepts to life, featuring: the authors discussing key topics in the text, career insights from professionals in the field, and engaging interviews with those profiled in the text's case studies

“Rennison and Dodge should be commended for writing a parsimonious introductory book tailored to the typical undergraduate student.  The authors are able to connect the many components of the criminal justice system by interweaving the same four real life examples throughout the book.”

Brandon L. Bang
Washington State University

“I overall enjoyed reading this text. It was well organized and well written. The updated trend information is something that has been needed in an Introduction to Criminal Justice text for some time.”

Jennifer Riggs
Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso

“Very easy to adapt for online courses…Addresses multiple learning styles through multimedia approach”

Danielle McDonald
Northern Kentucky University

“Good comprehensive overview of the subjects and the personal stories made the text more interesting to read”

Jason Davis
Clayton State University

“A strong text book to be used in an introduction to criminal justice course…. I truly enjoyed the writing style and liked the victimization twist it portrays”

Katie L. Swope
Stevenson University

“Comprehensive, accurate, interesting and appropriate for our students. I was impressed with this text and these authors.  Great use of illustrations and diagrams”

Jacqueline Mullany
Triton College

“The writing is clear and the book is written in a way that will engage students.  I like the focus on victims and integration of cases throughout the book.  I think students will understand key concepts better when they are able to apply the case studies”

Shana L. Maier
Widener University

"I really enjoy the book. It's easy to follow and the case studies are great as well."

Megan Miner
Student, University of Colorado, Denver

Clear, easy to understand definitions and explanations of concepts. Relevant, interesting case studies. Great length for a semester course.

Ms Alexandra Johnson
Law , Univ Of Colorado-Denver
December 15, 2016

Short and concise and consistent with my teaching style

Dr Francis Williams
Criminal Justice, Plymouth State University
June 16, 2015

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Callie Marie Rennison

Callie Marie Rennison is the Director of Equity, and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition, she is a full professor, and former Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. She earned a PhD in 1997 in political science from the University of Houston, University Park. Her areas of research interest include investigating the nature, extent, and consequences of violent victimization, with an emphasis on research methodology, quantitative analysis, and measurement. Much of this research focuses on violence against women, violence... More About Author

Mary Josephine Dodge

Mary Dodge earned her PhD in 1997 in criminology, law, and society from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her BA and MA in psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is a full professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs. Her research articles have appeared in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Women & Criminal Justice, Contemporary Issues in Criminology, the International Journal of the Sociology of Law, The Prison Journal, Police Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and the Encyclopedia of White... More About Author

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