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Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream and Crosscurrents, Second Edition

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Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream and Crosscurrents, Second Edition

This book asks the reade to think about the goals and processes of the criminal justice professionals.

By John Randolph Fuller,

ISBN: 9780135042625

Retail price: $149.80   $129.95


Now in its second edition, Criminal Justice: Mainstream & Crosscurrents offers a contemporary textbook option for your Introduction to Criminal Justice course. Building upon John Fuller’s experience as a criminal justice practitioner, scholar and teacher, the book asks students to think about the goals and processes of the criminal justice system and introduces them to important ethical dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Using an enhanced crosscurrents theme, it shows the complexities of the criminal justice discipline and encourages students to think critically about alternative ways of enforcing law and determining justice in the United States.


Hallmark Features


Crosscurrents boxes–highlight contemporary cases and events that illustrate how unpopular laws, under budgeted agencies, and honest mistakes all contribute to a less than perfect justice system.

  • Shows that the CJ system is not as neat and orderly as it is often portrayed.

Focus on Ethics boxes–present complex, real-life dilemmas that require the student to consider the balancing of values, procedures, and the law when coming up with solutions.

  • Encourages critical thinking and ethical reasoning by providing students with ethical dilemmas that are routinely faced by criminal justice practitioners.

Case in Point boxes–summarize major court cases that are the bedrock of the criminal justice system.

  • Shows students the central importance of key court decisions to the workings and processes of the criminal justice system.

A full chapter on crime theory–see Chapter 3.

  • Highlights the various sociological, psychological and biological theories of crime causation.
  • Gives students a solid foundation in criminological theory so they see how theories impact criminal justice policies and procedures.

A unique chapter on emerging trends in criminal justice–see Chapter 16.

  • Discusses the “war on crime” vs. “peacemaking” model.
  • Introduces students to alternative approaches to thinking about criminal justice.


1. The Problem of Social Control

2. The Nature and Measurement of Crime

3. Theories of Crime

4. Criminal Law

5. History and Organization of Law Enforcement

6. Policing and the Law

7. Issues in Policing

8. Role of the Courts

9. Working in the Courtroom

10. The Disposition: Plea Bargaining, Trial, and Sentencing

11. History of Control and Punishment

12. Contemporary Prison Life

13. Corrections in the Community

14. Problems in the Crosscurrents

15. Victimless Crimes

16. Present and Emerging Trends: The Future of Criminal Justice


 Published:  2/17/2009


Pages: 608