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Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (12th Edition) 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132739818
ISBN-10: 013273981X
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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 is also the Director of the Justice Research Association, a private consulting firm and think tank focusing on issues of crime and justice. The Justice Research Association (JRA) serves the needs of the nation’s civil and criminal justice planners and administrators through workshops, conferences, and grant-writing and program-evaluation support. JRA also sponsors the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium, which resides on the Web at http://www.cjdlc.org.

 

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. An avid Web user and Website builder, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including one that supports this textbook (http://www.cjtoday.com).

 

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and more than 30 books, including the widely used Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Pearson, 2012), Criminology Today (Pearson, 2012), and Criminal Law Today (Pearson, 2010).

 

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (March 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013273981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132739818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron A. Daley on December 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Relatively up to date (September 11 and law enforcement reactions, USA PATRIOT Act, etc.), and very informative, this textbook provides an excellent survey of the Criminal Justice System. The prose is streamlined, clear, and somewhat non-biased. Minor corrections may need to be made (e.g. the textbook states that the majority of female sexual assault victims do not know their attacker. . .), but these flaws are minor for a textbook of this scope. The book is extensively source documented, making it perfect for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the Criminal Justice System. The CD-ROM and online tools are comprehensive, and give the reader/student a more intimate view of the author's vision.
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The book arrived in ok condition, not damaged but I don't expect pristine condition when buying used. The problem is the seller 'overstockbook'. They sent me the instructor's edition instead of the student one, but I didn't think to double check the isbn number as there was nothing stating this on the book cover (the number on the back had a sticker from that seller over it anyway). There should have been a label on the front of the book but somehow there wasn't one there (it had been removed). So when I tried to start a trade in through amazon it was rejected because the isbn number did not match what I purchased. Since this was just past the return policy date I am unable to get it exchanged or anything. The seller never responded to me directly, even after sending them multiple messages explaining the issue. Amazon also wouldn't help is any way shape or form.
So buyer beware, double check the isbn number on your book, especially if you intend to resell it or trade it in.
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Eh...it's okay for a textbook, but Schmalleger's style gets a little personal and biased sometimes, I was kind of surprised. Several times he puts things as fact in the textbook that are really matters of opinion, or don't present all sides of an issue. Almost everything of use you get from this book is vocabulary, anyways - and all of the vocabulary from Intro to Criminal Justice type classes is on dozens of different Quizlet flash card sites, just Google them. Most of the notes I took were from my teacher's Powerpoints, and were far more useful.
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I just started teaching a new criminal justice survey course where this text is required for the students. After reading it I have to say it is one of the best course-books on the subject that I have read or taught from.

Comprehensive at 750+ pages including many full color plates and an interactive CD-ROM. Topics include everything conventional (civics, criminal law & criminal procedure) as well as many current event criminal justice concepts including law enforcement cultural approaches to alternative religions like Santeria, the arrest of celebrities such as Courtney Love, and even distinguishing placement in the criminal justice hierarchy for "bounty hunters" such as Duane "Dog" Chapman.

I love it! Informative and instructional. Again, one of the best. Five stars.
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This is the best book I have read on Criminal Justice. It is fun to read and easy to enjoy. I advise anybody that is interested on the field of criminal justice to begin with this book.
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Book was in excellent condition however i had to return it. It say "new" but it DO NOT contain access codes for Pearson Labs. if you need a text w/ access codes dont buy it unless you want to buy the access separately on top of it. If you dont need the Pearson codes it was perfect.
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By Thorn on August 24, 2013
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Well book just came in. I was first shocked when the cover was different. Was afraid to open in case I had to return it. But it was the correct book in the end. Worst part is it has no true cover or binding save for about a sixteenth of the book that has a very poor and sticky binding. I paid $90 for a damages / incomplete book.
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So much information. I'd say that this book is my go-to for initial criminal justice inquiries (in an academic context). It's an exhaustive source for nearly anything imaginable in criminal justice. It's just a great resource.
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