About the Author
Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of twenty books and more than ninety scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. His other books with Wadsworth include CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA, Seventh Edition (with George Cole) CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. He is also the co-author, with George Cole and Christina DeJong, of THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Thirteenth Edition.
Christina DeJong, a contributing author for several editions, expands that role dramatically for this edition. She is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland. Her scholarly research on recidivism, domestic violence, police-community interactions, and other topics has been published in such journals as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Women and Criminal Justice, and Violence and Victims. She is also the co-author of the book, THE SUPREME COURT, CRIME, AND THE IDEAL OF EQUAL JUSTICE. As a member of the Michigan State University faculty since 1994, she has taught courses on corrections, criminology, research methods, genocide, and women and criminal justice.