Criminal Justice Today : An Introductory Text for the 21st Century

Edition: 11th
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2010-01-05
Publisher(s): Pearson
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Author Biography

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminology and criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The university named him Distinguished Professor in 1991.


Schmalleger is also the Director of the Justice Research Association, a private consulting firm and think tank focusing on issues of crime and justice. The Justice Research Association (JRA) serves the needs of the nation’s civil and criminal justice planners and administrators through workshops, conferences, and grant-writing and program-evaluation support. JRA also sponsors the Criminal Justice Distance Learning Consortium, which resides on the Web at


Schmalleger has taught in the online graduate program of the New School for Social Research, helping to build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. An avid Web user and Website builder, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning World Wide Web sites, including one that supports this textbook (


Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and more than 30 books, including the widely used Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2008), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2009), and Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2006).


Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies. He has served as editor for the Prentice Hall series Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group’s criminal justice reference series.


Schmalleger’s philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: “In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person’s interest—be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must in some way help solve those problems.” Visit the author’s website at

Table of Contents

Part 1  Crime in America

Chapter 1      What Is Criminal Justice?

Chapter 2      The Crime Picture

Chapter 3      The Search for Causes

Chapter 4      Criminal Law


Part 2  Policing

Chapter 5      Policing: History and Structure

Chapter 6      Policing: Purpose and Organization

Chapter 7      Policing: Legal Aspects

Chapter 8      Policing: Issues and Challenges


Part 3  Adjudication

Chapter 9      The Courts: Structure and Participants

Chapter 10   Pretrial Activities and the Criminal Trial

Chapter 11   Sentencing


Part 4  Corrections

Chapter 12   Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

Chapter 13   Prisons and Jails

Chapter 14   Prison Life


Part 5  Special Issues

Chapter 15   Juvenile Justice

Chapter 16   Drugs and Crime

Chapter 17   Terrorism and Multinational Criminal Justice

Chapter 18   The Future of Criminal Justice

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