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Criminal Courts: Structure, Process, and Issues (2nd Edition) Hardcover – January 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0131189799 ISBN-10: 0131189794 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 665 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (January 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131189794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131189799
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Concise synopsis of history of American courts, featuring judicial system and key courtroom actors

 

Up-to-date box materials supplementing text, featuring key issues and relevant themes of different aspects of court procedures

 

Comprehensive discussion of pretrial procedures, motions, bases for appeals, and alternatives to criminal prosecution, including alternative dispute resolution, pretrial diversion, and restorative justice

 

Extensive coverage and comparison of state and federal court systems

 

Comprehensive discussion of juvenile courts, juvenile rights, and the juvenile justice process

 

Detailed discussion of key courtroom actors, including prosecutors, defense counsels, and judges, and how each are elected or appointed

 

Comprehensive discussion of plea bargaining, plea bargaining controversies and ethical considerations, and plea bargaining bans in different jurisdictions

 

Complete discussion of jury system in United States, including jury selection, jury deliberations, and jury issues, including jury nullification, use of jury consultants, and juror misconduct

 

Complete discussion of the trial process, including opening and closing arguments, examination and cross-examination, and other aspects of presentation of testimony and evidence

 

Comprehensive discussion of American courts, their interplay with the media, and how the media have changed courtroom procedures

 

Extensive discussion of key federal and state cases concerning court actions and defendant rights

 

Discussion of major sentencing systems, including indeterminate, determinate, mandatory, and guidelines-based or presumptive sentencing

 

Ancillaries include test bank, comprehensive glossary, and bibliography

 

Questions for review at chapter ends, including listings of key terms

About the Author

            Dean John Champion is Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas A & M International University; Laredo, Texas. Dr. Champion has taught at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, California State University-Long Beach, and Minot State University.  He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and B.S. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University.  He also completed several years of law school at the Nashville School of Law.

 

            Dr. Champion has written over 35 texts and/or edited works and maintains memberships in eleven professional organizations.  He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Sociological Association.  He is a former editor of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences/Anderson Publishing Company Series on Issues in Crime and Justice and the Journal of Crime and Justice.  He is a contributing author for the Encarta Encyclopedia 2000 for Microsoft.  He has been a Visiting Scholar for the National Center for Juvenile Justice and is a former president of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. He has also designed and/or offered numerous online courses for the University of Phoenix, Excelsior University, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

 

            Among his published books for Prentice-Hall include Administration of Criminal Justice: Structure, Function, and Process (2003); Basic Statistics for Social Research (1970, 1981); Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 3/e (1993, 2000, 2006); The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law 4/e (1992, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 forthcoming); Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective 4/e (1990, 1998, 2001, 2005); Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 5/e (1990, 1996, 1999, 2005); Policing in the Community (w/George Rush) (1996); and The Administration of Justice Systems (2001). Dr. Champion's specialty interests include juvenile justice, criminal justice administration, corrections, and statistics/methods.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zigfam on September 25, 2010
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This book is textbook to be used for a Criminal Justice class. It explains all the processes very plainly and easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jen on March 5, 2010
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I recieved my book quickly and was very pleased. The little highlighting that was in the book actually helped me in my class....lol!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Saburova on February 19, 2009
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The book arrived fast and was in mint condition. I have spent less amount of money by ordering from amazon than buying from a book store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Giggles McGee on January 29, 2009
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