From the Back Cover
Now in its second edition, Criminal Justice: Mainstream & Crosscurrents
offers a contemporary textbook option for your Introduction to Criminal Justice course. Building upon John Fuller’s experience as a criminal justice practitioner, scholar and teacher, the book asks students to think about the goals and processes of the criminal justice system and introduces them to important ethical dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Using an enhanced crosscurrents theme, it shows the complexities of the criminal justice discipline and encourages students to think critically about alternative ways of enforcing law and determining justice in the United States.
About the Author
John Randolph Fuller has been a professor of criminology at the University West Georgia for more than 27 years. He brings both applied in theoretical background with scholarship has been recognized by his students and peers as an outstanding teacher and scholar. In 1991 the student Government Association at West Georgia voted him Arts and Sciences Faculty Member of the Year. In 2002, the Student Honors Council recognized him as the Honors Professor of the Year. In 2006, he was selected for the Distinguished Scholar Award by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University West Georgia. Additionally, in 2006 and was designated as a Governor's Teaching Fellow in recognition of his commitment to students and innovative teaching techniques.
Dr. Fuller has served as a probation and parole officer for the Florida Probation and Parole Commission, working in Broward County, Florida, where he managed a caseload of more than 100 fellows. In addition, he served as a criminal justice planner for the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Criminal Justice Planning Unit. In this capacity he worked with every criminal justice agency in a three county area and grants Law-Enforcement Assistance Administration that funneled more than $1 million into local criminal justice agencies. By working directly with offenders as a probation and parole officer and with criminal justice administrators as a criminal justice planner, Dr. Fuller has gained significant insights that inform his writing about the criminal justice system and have aided him in identifying both the mainstream practices and in the crosscurrent problems that continue to prevent the achievement of justice for all.
Dr. Fuller has authored and edited numerous journal articles, chapters, and books and criminal justice, criminology, and juvenile delinquency. In 2009 he published Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream Crosscurrents which extends the theme of this book into the juvenile justice system. The first edition of Criminal Justice: Mainstream Crosscurrents won the prestigious TEXTY award from The Text and Academic Authors Association.