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Introduction to Criminal Justice offers a contemporary and applied approach to understanding the criminal justice system. Written by acclaimed author and educator Kenneth J. Peak, whose experience stems from various policing and administrative roles in both the criminal justice system and higher education, this comprehensive, reader-friendly text introduces students to the subject and importance of criminal justice. Key trends, emerging issues, historical backgrounds, and practical lessons are provided for students to apply in their future careers. Students will learn the core topics in criminal justice―including policing, corrections, criminal behavior, and criminal law and courts, as well as special topics such as ethics, juvenile justice, terrorism, gun control, and marijuana legalization―while learning how to solve problems they are likely to face in a variety of criminal justice career paths.
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Kenneth J. Peak is emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, where he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the university’s Honor Society. Following four years as a municipal police officer in Kansas, he subsequently held positions as a nine-county criminal justice planner for southeast Kansas; director of a four-state technical assistance institute for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (based at Washburn University in Topeka); director of university police at Pittsburg State University (Kansas); acting director of public safety, University of Nevada, Reno; and assistant professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University. He has authored or coauthored 37 additional textbooks (relating to general policing, community policing, criminal justice administration, police supervision and management, and women in law enforcement), two historical books (on Kansas temperance and bootlegging), and more than 60 journal articles and invited book chapters. He is past chair of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and past president of the Western Association of Criminal Justice. He received two gubernatorial appointments to statewide criminal justice committees while residing in Kansas and holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas.
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