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Courts: A Text/Reader (SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology and Criminal Justice)

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Author: Spohn, Cassia

Brand: SAGE Publications, Inc

Edition: 3

Binding: Paperback

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 536

Release Date: 21-09-2018

Details: Product Description Courts: A Text/Reader, Third Edition, helps you understand the U.S. court system in context, with each brief authored section of the text enhanced by edited research articles that illustrate the questions and controversies in the judicial system today. The articles reflect both classic studies of the criminal court system and state-of-the-art research, and they often have a policy perspective that demonstrates the potential impact research can have on the court system. Designed to enhance understanding, the book includes a helpful "How to Read a Research Article" section before the first reading, as well as article introductions and discussion questions that will capture your interest and help you develop critical thinking skills. New to the Third Edition Ninety percent of the journal articles have been updated and introduce you to important topics, such as the effects of trial judges’ sex and race, perceptions of plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, and the sentencing of drug offenders.  New "Current Controversy" debates in each chapter highlight contentious issues in the courts, such as public defender caseloads, the impact of social media on criminal trials, and the need for more drug courts. A new "Current Cases" boxed feature elaborates on recent key court decisions and the impact they have had on issues such as defining "effective" counsel, racial bias in sentencing and jury deliberations, and the importance of judicial impartiality. Coverage of critical topics has been expanded throughout to introduce you to important issues, such as specialized courts, bail and pretrial release, the death penalty, and restorative justice. Statistics, graphs, and tables have all been updated to demonstrate the most recent trends in the court system. Review "The book is a focused, well-written, and adequately resourced introductory text on the court system." -- Anita Kalunta-Crumpton "A combination of both research articles and text to understand the court system. The use of research articles increases the text’s scholarly approach to criminal justice." -- William R. Pruitt, J.D., Ph.D. "I would describe the text as a comprehensive discussion of important issues related to the processing of criminal cases. I would especially emphasize the authors’ use of journal articles and the related questions in the development of the literature on criminal courts." -- Jimmy J. Williams "This is a well-written and concise text that provides additional resources for students who are learning about the court system." -- Lisa M. Olson About the Author Cassia Spohn is School Director and Foundation Professor of Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author of several books, including The  Color  of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America (with Sam Walker and Miriam  DeLone ) and How Do Judges Decide? The Search for Fairness and Equity in Sentencing. She has published a number of articles examining prosecutors’ charging decisions in sexual assault cases and exploring the effect of race/ethnicity on charging and sentencing decisions. Her current research interests include the effect of race and gender on court processing decisions, victim characteristics and case outcomes in sexual assault cases, judicial decision making, sentencing of drug offenders, and the deterrent effect of imprisonment. In 1999, she was awarded the University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award. Craig Hemmens is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Washington State University. He holds a JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a PhD in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Professor Hemmens has published 20 books and more than 200 articles, many dealing with legal issues in criminal justice. He currently serves as Editor of the Criminal Law Bulletin, and previously served as the editor of the Journal

Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches

Languages: English