Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System


by Alison S. Burke, David Carter, Brian Fedorek, Tiffany Morey, Lore Rutz-Burri, Shanell Sanchez


Book Description

This open book is unique because it was a collaborative effort by all Criminology and Criminal Justice professors at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. This book can be used on a quarter or semester system, as well as cover topics that may get left out of some introductory texts such as controversial issues in the criminal justice system. Further, we made it as comprehensive as possible to cover core concepts and areas in the criminal justice system including theory, policing, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system. Additionally, we created examples that will help make difficult concepts or ideas more relatable. Every section provides an overview of key terms, critical thinking questions for course engagement, assignments, and other ancillaries such as multimedia links, images, activity ideas, and more.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA). You can download Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System ebook for free in PDF format (47.9 MB).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Crime, Criminal Justice, and Criminology
Chapter 2
Defining and Measuring Crime and Criminal Justice
Chapter 3
Criminal Law
Chapter 4
Criminal Justice Policy
Chapter 5
Criminological Theory
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Community Corrections
Chapter 10
Juvenile Justice

Book Details

Open Oregon Educational Resources
PDF Size
47.9 MB

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