Criminal Justice in Action

  • AUTHORS: Larry K. Gaines; Roger LeRoy Miller
  • ISBN-13: 9781285458984 
  • 640 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 8th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

As riveting and current as today's headlines, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION, Eighth 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 and plentiful real-world examples throughout. 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 become less intimidating for students with the guidance of practical 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. Updated throughout, the Eighth Edition includes more material on victims, a stronger emphasis on domestic terrorism, a new emphasis on social media, and more.


  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN ACTION remains the most career-oriented 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 facts on each career choice, including job qualifications, annual salary range, and the new Social Media Career tips described above.
  • "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 in essay form.

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.
8. Courts and the Quest for Justice.
9. Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action.
10. The Criminal Trail.
11. Punishment and Sentencing.
12. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections.
13. Prisons and Jails.
14. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate.
15. The Juvenile Justice System.
16. Today's Challenges: Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime, and International Terrorism.

New to this Edition

  • All-new chapter opening vignettes help students see the relevance of chapter material and draw them into the reading. Examples include a look into the possible reasons behind James Holmes' actions in 2012 when he killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 58 others in Colorado (Chapter 2); two sides of law enforcement's relationship with social media (Chapter 6); and an explanation for the jail sentence handed down in 2012 to Dharun Ravi, convicted of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation for viewing Tyler Clementi--who later committed suicide--with another man via a webcam (Chapter 11).
  • Chapters 16 and 17 from the seventh edition have been combined into a single chapter, "Today's Challenges: Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime, and International Terrorism." This change reduces the total number of chapters to sixteen, providing a better match for semester-length classes.
  • Chapter 3, "Defining and Measuring Crime," presents a major new focus on victims in the criminal justice system. Victimization also has a greater presence where appropriate throughout the text. For example, Chapter 1 contains an introduction to victim issues, Chapter 11 addresses the role that victims play in determining punishment, Chapter 12 discusses the role that victims play in the parole decision, and Chapter 15 includes a discussion of juvenile victims.
  • A new social media feature in the margins directs students to their browser to search for a website--the FBI's Twitter account, for example, or the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Facebook page--where they can access a ready stream of information concerning various aspects of American criminal justice.
  • New "Social Media Career Tips" have been added to each "Careers in CJ" feature to familiarize students with the ways in which these new tools can be both helpful and harmful to Criminal Justice professionals.
  • New "Countering Domestic Terrorism" features address this growing threat, discussing homegrown terrorists, the diversity of hate, protecting sensitive installations, and much more.
  • The material on parole has been moved to Chapter 12 and combined with coverage of probation. A new Chapter 12 title, "Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections," reflects this change.
  • The layout of each chapter title page more clearly connects the Learning Objectives to the chapter's headings. Each chapter continues to have eight to ten Learning Objectives, which are placed within the margins of the chapter to highlight the content, and then used as the basis for the chapter summary. This effective integrated system of Learning Objectives reinforces student understanding and aids in learning assessment.


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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