New PDF release: Criminal Justice in America

By George F.(George F. Cole) Cole, Christopher E. Smith

ISBN-10: 0495809829

ISBN-13: 9780495809821

Cole and Smith's legal JUSTICE IN the US, 6th variation, helps you to adventure the real-world pleasure of this dynamic box whereas supporting you excel on your direction with the help of confirmed, built-in examine instruments. during this enticing, reader-friendly textual content, you are going to know about new profession possibilities in legal justice and skim precise tales of offenders and their studies in the approach. you will additionally find out about the the most important function that public coverage performs within the legal justice approach and discover the new concerns which are altering the face of felony justice this present day and shaping its destiny.

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Most crimes have already been committed and offenders have left the scene before the police arrive, placing the police at a disadvantage in quickly finding and arresting the offenders. ■ arrest The physical taking of a person into custody on the grounds that there is reason to believe that he or she has committed a criminal offense. Police may use only reasonable physical force in making an arrest. The purpose of the arrest is to hold the accused for a court proceeding. ■ warrant A court order authorizing police officers to take certain actions, for example, to arrest suspects or to search premises.

Crime prevention depends on the actions of criminal justice officials and citizens. Unfortunately, many people do not take the simple steps necessary to protect themselves and their property. For example, they leave their homes and cars unlocked, forgo alarm systems, and walk in dangerous areas. Citizens do not have the authority to enforce the law; society has assigned that responsibility to the criminal justice system. Thus, citizens must rely on the police to stop criminals; they cannot take the law into their own hands.

4 Enforcement of federal criminal laws. 5 What factors have caused federal involvement in criminal justice to expand? 5 The expansion of criminal activities across state borders; the war on terrorism. Criminal Justice as a Social System To achieve the goals of criminal justice, many kinds of organizations—police, prosecution, courts, corrections—have been formed. Each has its own functions and personnel. We might assume that criminal justice is an orderly process in which a The Criminal Justice System CHAPTER 1 11 AP Photo/THE NEWS & OBSERVER/Chuck Liddy The systems perspective emphasizes that criminal justice is made variety of professionals act on each case on behalf of soup of parts or subsystems, including police, courts, and corrections.

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