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Law and Justice: An Introduction to the American Legal System

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This fourth edition of LAW AND JUSTICE, a thorough examination of the justice system in the United States, is the result of substantial revisions. In this new edition, recent court decisions and their effects on law and justice are examined. Controversial areas such as how to interpret the Constitution and statutes, and the conflicts between the legislative and judicial branches have been integrated into the text. Information on law schools and legal education has been updated as well. Abadinsky gives a useful introduction to such topics as the development of modern law, the origins of common law and civil law, the differences between criminal and civil proceedings, and the concept of equity, among others. Based on the latest research data and relevant legal changes, this text is a comprehensive examination of the complex interaction of law and society.

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This book offers a thorough examination of the system of justice used in the United States: civil and criminal, juvenile and therapeutic. The author's background in the disciplines of political science, sociology, and criminal justice make this a comprehensive treatment of criminal law topics. Chapter topics cover an introduction to and history of law and justice in America, systems of law and justice, law schools and legal education, the legal profession and the practice of law, the structure and administration of state and federal courts, the appellate process and judicial review, judicial interpretation and policy-making, negotiated justice: plea bargaining, and alternative dispute resolution and therapeutic justice. For individuals interested in law and the judicial process.

About the Author:

Howard Abadinsky is professor of criminal justice/law and society at Saint Xavier University/Chicago. He was an inspector for the Cook County Sheriff's Office for eight years and a New York State parole officer and senior parole officer for fifteen years. The author holds a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, an M.S.W from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author of several books, including Organized Crime, 7th edition, Probation and Parole, 8th edition, and Drug Abuse,

Dr. Abadinsky encourages communication about his work, and can be reached at: abadinsky@att.net.

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