The American System of Criminal Justice – 16th Edition

Unlock the knowledge essential for navigating the intricate terrain of American criminal justice. Get your digital copy of the 16th edition today and embark on a journey to comprehend the foundations and dynamics of this vital system.


Book Details


Cengage Learning


January 1, 2018




16th Edition







About The Author

Christina DeJong

Christina DeJong is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research uses an intersectional perspective to study issues related to crime and justice, including gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

Christopher E. Smith

Christopher E. Smith joined the faculty of the MSU School of Criminal Justice in 1994 after previously teaching political science at the University of Akron and the University of Connecticut-Hartford.  His primary research interests are judicial policy-making, the U.S. Supreme Court, court processes, and constitutional rights in criminal justice, especially prisoners’ rights.  He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including The Supreme Court and the Development of Law:  Through the Prism of Prisoners' Rights (2016), John Paul Stevens:  Defender of Rights in Criminal Justice (2015), Constitutional Rights:  Myths & Realities (2004), and Courts and the Poor (1991).  He is also the author of more than 100 scholarly articles that have been published in such journals as Berkeley Journal of Criminal LawCriminal Justice StudiesCriminal Justice Policy ReviewJournal of Contemporary Criminal JusticeJustice System Journal, and Boston University Public Interest Law Journal.

George F. Cole

The late George F. Cole was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Connecticut. He was recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, Dr. Cole published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts and corrections.

The American System of Criminal Justice

Discover the challenge of pursuing justice in our society and learn about the role we as individuals play in the criminal justice system. This classic best seller examines criminal justice across several disciplines, presenting elements from criminology, sociology, law, history, psychology, and political science. Broad coverage of the facts, an interesting writing style, and compelling examples of current events make THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, now in its 16th Edition, one of the best and most popular texts on the criminal justice system available.

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Key Features:

  1. Comprehensive Coverage: With its detailed examination of every facet of the criminal justice process, from law enforcement and the judiciary to corrections and legal challenges, this eBook offers an in-depth understanding of how the American system operates.
  2. Contemporary Relevance: Stay up-to-date with the latest developments, reforms, and debates in the criminal justice system. Explore topics such as policing strategies, courtroom procedures, and the impact of technology on law enforcement.
  3. Real-Life Insights: Engage with real-world case studies, examples, and thought-provoking scenarios that bridge theory to practice, providing valuable context for students, scholars, and practitioners.
  4. Critical Analysis: Encounter thought-provoking discussions of pressing issues, including racial disparities, sentencing reform, and evolving legal standards, offering multiple perspectives to encourage critical thinking.

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Whether you are a criminal justice student, a legal professional, or an individual interested in understanding the complexities of the American criminal justice system, this eBook serves as an indispensable resource.