Written by a criminal justice professor at Texas A&M University, this resource defines or identifies key terms and persons in criminology and the justice system and summarizes the most recent and pertinent U.S. Supreme Court cases. The goal is to bring together in an updated single work information that undergraduate students need in their research. The publisher notes that 5,000 terms, concepts, and names are included in this edition as well as 125 new Court cases. The first part of the volume is the "Dictionary of Terms." Entries are short, and the writing is clear and succinct. Included are a number of separate entries on gangs and juveniles and many national justice organizations. Community policing is defined, and Zylon protective armor is identified along with the modern technology of Geographical profiling and the nonlethal TASER weapon. Individuals ranging from criminologists like Eleanor and Sheldon Glueck to criminals like Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski are included. It is not clear why some non-American terms, such as Cut-purse, are defined.The second part of the work, "U.S. Supreme Court Cases," covers mainly the past few decades in an A-Z format by case name. The author's objectivity when writing on controversial cases is notable. Cross-references from entries in this section to entries in the dictionary enable users to move easily to short definitions of pertinent terms. The helpful indexes and appendixes include an index of cases by topic, a list of doctoral programs in criminal justice, a topical listing of Internet sites, and addresses of probation and parole agencies.This is a fine, current, reasonably priced resource, accomplishing what it sets out to do. Although it will be especially useful in academic libraries, public libraries needing a one-volume work on criminal justice will also find it valuable. Arthur Meyers
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This is a fine, current, reasonably priced resource, accomplishing what it sets out to do. Although it will be especially useful in academic libraries, public libraries needing a one-volume work on criminal justice will also find it valuable. (Booklist/Rbb, 5/15/2005
This is the finest one-volume dictionary for American criminal justice and relevant landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases. The material is so well written and presented that it is an essential purchase for public, college, and university libraries. (Arba
The new edition of this resource for students, practitioners, and others who need access to criminal justice information contains 125 new U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as over 5000 terms, concepts, and names. Champion...uses an interdisciplinary approach, pulling together key terms and concepts from diverse areas and illustrating how the terms apply in particular contexts. Following the Terms Section, there is an alphabetized and indexed section in which the most recent and significant Supreme Court cases are summarized - highlight major facts, holdings, and rationales. An innovative feature of these listings is the full citation, including the first and last names of parties, organizations, or boards. (Reference and Research Book News
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