Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

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The revision of this best-selling book presents a comprehensive analysis of how various criminal justice systems throughout the world compare. Harry Dammer has extensively revised the text to reflect the latest trends and most up-to-date information on international juvenile justice, policing and terrorism. By using a topical approach (examining various aspects of each system, such as policing, drugs, sentencing, and juvenile justice) rather than a country- by-country approach, the book gives students a more realistic understanding of the similarities and differences of each system. The authors use six "model" countries (China, England, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and France) to provide specific examples and explore historical, political, economic, social, and cultural influences on each system.

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Harry R. Dammer, Ph.D., is professor and chair of Criminal Justice/Sociology at the University of Scranton. In addition to COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, he is also the author of RELIGION IN CORRECTIONS and THE OFFENDER IN THE COMMUNITY with Todd R. Clear, as well as many articles, manuals, and professional reports on a variety of criminal justice topics. A graduate of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, Dr. Dammer is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Criminology, the American Correctional Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences--where he served as chair of the International Section. He received two Fulbright Grants and has lectured at numerous professional conferences in Canada, South Korea, Hungary, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, England, Portugal, China, and Poland.

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Part One: SETTING THE STAGE. 1. Introduction. 2. Measuring and Comparing Crime In and Across Nations. 3. Families and Law. 4. Six Model Nations. Part Two: CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS. 5. Law Enforcement: Functions, Organization and Community Involvement. 6. Criminal Procedure. 7. Legal Actors. 8. Courts. 9. After Conviction: The Sentencing Process. 10. After Conviction: The Problem of Prison. 11. Terrorism. 12. Transnational Organized Crime. 13. Juvenile Justice in International Perspective. 14. Contemporary Influences and Future Developments in Transnational Crime and Justice. Index.

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