Criminal Justice in Action

  • AUTHORS: Larry K. Gaines; Roger LeRoy Miller
  • ISBN-13: 9781111835576 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 672 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 7th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2007
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

As riveting and current as today's headlines--and filled with cutting-edge material that addresses the exploding number of careers available in the field--CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION, Seventh Edition, is designed with today's busy students and instructors in mind. Concepts make sense to students, thanks to vivid straight-from-the-headlines vignettes at the beginning of every chapter. Choosing what's important to remember is a snap with each chapter's numbered objectives, which are reinforced throughout the chapter as well as in the book's supplementary items. Thinking critically and writing aren't so intimidating for students with the guidance of practical new writing activities. Reviewers praise the book's crisp, clear topic coverage as much as its engaging magazine-style design and captivating writing, which combine to draw students--even today's visual learners--into the material.


  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION remains the most careers-orientated text available--with plentiful first-person accounts of criminal justice jobs to expose students to the wide range of rewarding careers available in the field as well as to essential fast facts on each career choice; an updated appendix to Chapter 1, "Criminal Justice Today," on careers and educational opportunities; and a full-size career poster focusing on employment in various law enforcement agencies.
  • "CJ and Technology" coverage, while easily identifiable, is integrated into the narrative so students are less likely to skip over technological innovations that are crucial to today's criminal justice system. Examples include the use of biometrics in police work, the use of transdermal alcohol testing, and the future of fingerprinting.
  • Each chapter ends with a "Criminal Justice in Action" feature, which helps sharpen students' writing and critical thinking skills. This feature introduces students to a controversial topic from the chapter and provides them with "for" and "against" arguments for the topic. Using information they've gleaned from the chapter, students are asked to give their opinion is essay form.
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION has an integrated Learning Objectives system aimed at helping students succeed. Each chapter opens with a set of Learning Objectives that guides students to the most important concepts as they read the chapter. Within the margins of the chapter, Learning Objective icons (LO) are placed alongside sections of the text that match that objective. The chapter concludes with the Chapter Summary, which repeats each Learning Objective and then responds with a short summary paragraph.

About the Contributor

  • Larry K. Gaines

    Larry Gaines is chair of his department and a longtime, well-known figure in the field, both as an educator and in law enforcement. Highly respected and well-liked in the discipline, he is also a former law enforcement officer whose experience has resulted in a book with powerful "cop appeal."

  • Roger LeRoy Miller

    Roger LeRoy Miller has served on the faculty of several respected universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law. As a professor, he has taught intellectual property law and entertainment law, among other subjects. A widely published and respected author, his work has appeared in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous authoritative textbooks on law, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES; BUSINESS LAW TODAY: TEXT & SUMMARIZED CASES; and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY. Professor Miller completed his studies at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice Today.
2. Causes of Crime.
3. Defining and Measuring Crime.
4. Inside Criminal Law.
5. Law Enforcement Today.
6. Challenges to Effective Policing.
7. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement.
8. Courts and the Quest for Justice.
9. Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action.
10. The Criminal Trial.
11. Punishment and Sentencing.
12. Probation and Community Corrections.
13. Prisons and Jails.
14. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate.
15. The Juvenile Justice System.
16. Homeland Security.
17. Today's Challenges: Immigration, Cyber Crime, and White Collar Crime.

New to this Edition

  • All-new chapter opening vignettes help students see the relevance of chapter material and draw them into the assigned reading. These current, highly recognizable cases include the near-fatal shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona; James Arthur Ray's conviction for the deaths of three people who participated in his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" retreat near Sedona, Arizona; the continuing saga of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student fighting to overturn the verdict that she murdered her roommate in Perugia, Italy; and many others.
  • A new closing chapter, "Today's Challenges: Immigration Law, Cyber Crime, and White-Collar Crime," keeps students current by providing in-depth coverage of today's highest-profile issues.
  • The popular "You Be the Judge" feature has been broadened to cover a wide range of professions in the criminal justice field. The "You Be the . . . " features--for instance, "You Be the Police Officer" or "You Be the Defense Attorney"--spotlight a wealth of different career choices and facilitate scenario-based active learning.


Teacher Components

  • Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)
    Instant Access Code is delivered via email and includes a URL and a code that students use to register the CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE WEB SITE on their Single Sign On account. This code will give your students full access to the CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE WEB SITE, including the Career Rolodex, Video Interviews, Career Planner, and links for reference.
    Price = 24.00

Student Supplements

  • Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)
    The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.
    Price = 24.00

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  • Paperbound Edition
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