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Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (9th Edition) Paperback – January 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0137069835 ISBN-10: 0137069839 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (January 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137069839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137069835
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology.

From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminology and criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university's Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The university named him Distinguished Professor in 1991.

Schmalleger has taught in the online graduate program of the New School for Social Research, helping to build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university's graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade.

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and more than 30 books, including the widely used Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2014), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2013), and Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2014).

Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies. He has served as editor for the Prentice Hall series Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group's criminal justice reference series.

Schmalleger's philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: "In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person's interest--be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must in some way help solve those problems." Visit the author's website at http://www.schmalleger.com, and follow his blog @schmalleger.



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Jessica Garofola
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for additional information into the Criminal Justice system.
Cameron K. West
It's very interesting to see what is going on in society and how the statistics are compiled.
bellis

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DSTAR15 on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book straight from amazon.com as a new book, but when i received the book their was no code for the Course Connect which is required for my Intro to Criminal Justice class and is supposed to come with all new books so i had to purchase the code for $30. But when i did contact Amazon they were very nice and reimbursed me the $30. So i gave it 3 stars because of their great customer service.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bellis on April 10, 2011
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The book is great. I got the annotated teacher's edition which works great for me. It works as a guide for assignment from my instructor. I definitely recommend this book. It's very interesting to see what is going on in society and how the statistics are compiled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geneva Lewis VINE VOICE on June 11, 2012
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This was the required text for a course and I still refer to it for its concise information, brevity, and clarity with a critical law enforcement perspective. Has an excellent index divided into three divisions: court cases, subject, and names. Extensive references and citations; the book is comprehensive in scope and use of statistical data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting database and the BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey. Covers crime definitions, crime overview, policing, court structure, and corrections. A compact, information-packed, and readable text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Jones on April 14, 2013
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Eng 102: Composition II
Review of Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction by Frank Schmalleger
Written by Joshua Jones

If you are seeking basic knowledge of the criminal justice system then you should look no further than Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction by Frank Schmalleger. After reading this textbook you can see how its structure is set up in favor of the reader gaining knowledge.
Schmalleger does an amazing job explaining his subject matter in a way that can be understood by someone that knows nothing of the subject he is teaching. This textbooks structure is based upon the release of knowledge in a controlled format as to not confuse its readers any kind of confusion. In the beginning chapters you are given the general information on the subject of criminal justice that you will need to understand the remainder of the textbook. As the chapters progress you find yourself connecting the knowledge of the current chapter with that of the previous chapters you have read and realizing that your understanding is becoming well rounded.
Another aspect of the textbook that was amazing was its use of sidebars. Throughout the entire textbook there were sidebars that brought situations or current events to the forefront in an attempt to give readers examples of what they were learning. Using current events was a great idea in my opinion because it brings things into context for the reader without the reader having to look up the events of the past in order to understand the knowledge being taught. Some of the sidebars were also meant to be thought provoking. They were meant to raise a debate and make the reader really have to use the knowledge he has learned to pick a viewpoint and side and coherently be able to defend it.
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I was required to purchase this book for a class I recently took. To be specifiic, I was required to purchase the "combo" package from my school, that included this text book and an "access" card/code. I did a little research and found the premium for the "combo" to be expensive in comparison to buying the two sperately.

I purchased the book separately (this item), and then purchased the access code direct from Pearson for $30. By doing this method I saved around $30-$40 over buying the combo package from my school. This may vary for you depending on what your school charges for the "combo" package. So make sure you check the prices first.

With that said, I have to say the $30 Pearson "access", in my opinion, is not worth the price tag. The $30 Pearson "access" code feels more like an attempt at reclaiming lost sales due to used text books being sold. The content is mostly the same from the data in the book, and some of it is misplaced, like images and diagrams. The quick quizzes are typically only 3 to 4 questions and aren't very challenging at all. Again, it just feels like an attempt to get more money from students rather then a way to provide quality educational tools to students. This is just my opinion, and these thoughts are only directed towards the Pearson "access", not the book.

The book is filled with current information in regards to criminal justice. So much information that at times I forgot it was suppose to be an "introduction". For the price of the book though, it does contain a good value when considering the amount of information and quality of the data. The images are crisp and colorful, and the text is clear, although small. Full pages of small text did seem daunting on some pages, but overall the layout made reading decently easy.
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It sure has been a while since I have used this book in my Intro to Criminal Justice (3 semesters ago), however I must say that this book really set me up for understanding a basic, thorough overview of what is needed to understand Criminal Justice. I like how the book is structured, it gives great examples and vivid descriptions of facts and studies.

Still to this day, I use this book (I kept it) for my classes as a good reference. Currently I am referencing its information based on the Death Penalty and its just so in depth with the facts. I love Criminal Justice and this book is a great textbook for getting into the field. I will say, its great to come across a great textbook. Coming from someone who dislikes legal texts and so forth, this book was a great buy and if you are concerned with the price or with the fact that its a boring old textbook, don't worry, this one is great. It will give you all the information you need to know in a manner that is not so bland. Its been 3 semesters since I had the class that required this and I still use it. Big sigh of relief when I realized the use for this textbook!!

4 stars because of how great it was in teaching Criminal Justice
-1 star because, in the end: its still a textbook.
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