An internationally recognized scholar and author, James A. Inciardi presents a solid overview of the structure, processes, and problems of the criminal justice system in the United States. Inciardi brings his significant field and research experience to bear on the revision of this successful textbook; his research background, his privileged access to national data, and his story-telling style of writing guarantee a unique perspective to criminal justice. The ninth edition includes many new "Famous Criminals" sections, added coverage on media and criminal justice, and updated exhibits that showcase research, historical perspectives, current events, and the viewpoints of victims in the criminal justice system.
A textbook for the introductory criminal justice course, first published in 1984 and most recently in 1990. Beyond the updating of facts, court decisions, issues, and research findings, this edition addresses the current "drug driven" nature of all phases of the criminal justice process--the result of the US "war on drugs" during the 1980s and early 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)