In this third edition of Criminal Law for the Criminal Justice Professional, Norman M. Garland?through his multiple perspectives as a Professor of Law, a former criminal defense attorney, and a former prosecutor?presents a comprehensive introduction to the basic criminal law structure at the heart of the criminal justice system in the United States. Straightforward yet analytical, the text aims at delivering to students a timely overview of the state of American criminal law in the global and volatile climate of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
PART I Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice System
CHAPTER 1 Nature, Origins, Purposes, Structure, and Operation of the Criminal Justice System
CHAPTER 2 Constitutional Limitations on the Criminal Law
CHAPTER 3 Classification of Crimes and Basic Elements of Criminal Responsibility
PART II The Elements of Crime
CHAPTER 4 Parties to a Crime
CHAPTER 5 Incomplete Crimes
CHAPTER 6 Defenses to Crimes
CHAPTER 7 Punishment and Sentencing
PART III Types of Crime
CHAPTER 8 Criminal Homicide
CHAPTER 9 Crimes against Persons: Other Offenses
PART IV Crimes against Property
CHAPTER 10 Crimes against Habitation
CHAPTER 11 Crimes against Property
PART V Crimes against the Community and Institutions
CHAPTER 12 White-Collar Crimes
CHAPTER 13 Crimes against Public Order, Safety, and Morality
CHAPTER 14 Drug- and Alcohol-Related Crimes
CHAPTER 15 Crimes against the Administration of Justice
CHAPTER 16 Organized Crime, Gangs, and Terrorism
New to this EditionConcise and User-Friendly
, revisions throughout the text present basic principles in a complete yet concise and user-friendly manner.New Sections
covering Prison Gangs have been added to Chapter 14, and International Criminal Court and the Criminal Justice System as a Counterterrorism Tool have been added to Chapter 16.Updated Content
has been added to the sections on Current Drug Policy and Terrorism.Specific Updates by Chapter
Retained FeaturesCritical Thinking Questions
- Chapter 1 provides a new, easy-to-follow introduction to the American criminal justice system.
- Chapter 2 provides a new, more succinct overview of those principles that limit the legislatures and courts in defining criminal restrictions, with a survey of specific constitutional provisions and how they function.
- Chapters 3 through 6 present the basic principles of criminal responsibility, the elements of crimes, definitions of parties to crimes, explanation of incomplete crimes, and defenses to crimes. Basic criminal justice theory that has remained relevant over the decades is discussed in these chapters, with classic explanations and examples.
- Chapter 7 on punishment and sentencing contains a new, concise discussion of the theories of punishment and the current state of the evolving American law of sentencing.
- Chapters 8 through 11 present clear and concise definitions of specific crimes of homicide, other crimes against persons, crimes against habitation, and crimes against property, relating the elements of each crime by subject area. The fundamentalist approach to cataloguing elements and updating where appropriate makes the coverage of the subjects complete yet user-friendly.
- Chapters 12 through 16 concisely cover the specialty areas of white-collar crimes; crimes against public order, safety, and morality; drug- and alcohol-related crimes; crimes against the administration of justice; and organized crime, gangs, and terrorism.
conclude the main sections of a each chapter and ask students to reflect on important concepts and theories.
Case Application Boxes
present brief descriptions of important cases pertinent to the text.
Problem-Solving Exercises and Workplace Applications
in each chapter highlight major principles pertaining to workplace issues.
Web Exploration Boxes
point to Web sites relevant to surrounding topics and contain questions that invite further study.
On the Job Boxes
describe employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice.
in the end-of-chapter material describe real-life situations or likely scenarios where ethics becomes an issue in the application of law.
Review and Applications Section
at the end of each chapter includes: Summary by Chapter Objectives, Key Terms, Review Questions, Problem-Solving Exercises, Workplace Applications, Ethics Exercises, and Endnotes.
are highlighted in the margins, boldfaced in the text, listed at the end of the chapter, and defined in a comprehensive Glossary at the end of the book.
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