Designed to realistically fit in a one-semester course, this new Sixth Edition of Samaha's CRIMINAL JUSTICE does an outstanding job of covering the basics of the criminal justice system while challenging students to think critically about the important social issues in criminal justice. This text thoroughly prepares students for more advanced criminal justice courses, covering topics such as public police, courts, corrections, and private security and corrections. From a critical thinking point of view, Samaha introduces students to those professionals who work within the criminal justice system, covering subjects such as entrance requirements, education and training, promotions, and the discipline and removal of criminal justice personnel. This text also includes coverage of victims and offenders and addresses the questions: Who are the victims? Why are they victimized? What role do they play in criminal justice? Who are the offenders? And, why do they commit crimes? With a clear theme of decision making throughout the text, Samaha presents criminal justice as a decision making process - the Decision Making Paradigm - that is impacted by the decisions made by offenders, victims, police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections agencies. Leaner by nearly 40 percent from the previous edition, Samaha's conversational writing style keeps students engaged as he addresses serious, current topics from all sides, using clear examples and the latest available information and research.
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Joel Samaha is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He received his B.A. (History), J.D., and Ph.D. (History) from Northwestern University and studied under Sir Geoffrey Elton at Cambridge University, England. Professor Samaha was admitted to the Illinois Bar, briefly practiced law in Chicago, and then taught at UCLA. In 1971, he joined the University of Minnesota, where he served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies for four years, taught television and radio courses in criminal justice, co-taught a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in legal and constitutional history, was named College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teacher in 1974, and named University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2007. Professor Samaha's works have appeared in Historical Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Minnesota Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, and Journal of Social History.Review:
"The book contains some great information and the ability to work on critical thinking skills and engage in discussions."
"No doubt, Samaha does an excellent job in writing and constructing his work."
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Book Description West Publishing Company, 1962. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110314025413
Book Description West Publishing Company, 1962. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0314025413