The problem is what is also accurate may be missing from the Textbook. More of the popular criminological theories in Criminal Justice could be more inclusive, as restated in the Clarity section of this Review. It looks like the textbook does not address cybercrime, terrorism, nor environmental crimes.
Also, there is no mentioning of hate crimes. All these types of crime are prevalent today in America and throughout the world. You may want to add these types of crimes in the revised textbook or future textbook. The textbook can also benefit and Index section, which I also mentioned under the Organization section of the Review. Discuss the subcategories of criminology, such as penology, victimology, peacemaking criminology i.
Explain how these came about. Lastly, in Chapter 10—Juvenile Justice and particularly The authors may want to update the due process information on juvenile matters especially since there have been over 16 more landmark cases since that time. The clarity issue in this textbook has more to do with the presentation of materials, such as p. One would have to find it on a page before. This is the same with various Tables or Charts i. There is also the presentation of the positivist school of criminology with limited acknowledgement of Cesare Lombroso contributions and no picture of him; yet, there are pictures of the other men mentioned.
This is somewhat missing critical information. It this a mistake or is this how it is meant to be? Another strength of this textbook is the use of a modular approach to present the materials. This approach is manageable and self-directed, which makes it easier for students to read and absorb the knowledge. The integration of knowledge is more effective and successful. Except for grammatical errors and a few suggested additions needed, the organization structure of the textbook is good.
They are not always synchronizing perfectly with each other. Lastly, the addition of an Index section in the back of the book would be useful.
If there is one exception, it would be Chapter 5 when blending the criminology theory that are more popular in criminal justice as oppose to sociology or psychology, for instance. Several minor grammatical errors that needs corrections, such as font size corrections p. Revisit pages 40 and 41 with the exception of the material written in the gray boxes or illustration captions the words on page 40 is the exact same as the words on page Do the same with Table 1 title Criminal Justice Frames and Examples of Narratives on page , move it to page so that the Title is over the Table?
There is room for some improvement by showing greater diversity beyond black and white. Chapter 4-Criminal Justice Policy is uniquely presented as a separate chapter. This is significant because often policy in Criminal Justice is a topic that is given a low priority or put-on-the-backburner in an Introduction course, nonetheless is vital. Nearly everything about criminal justice impacts policy, whether it involves, reform, re-entry, community corrections, sentencing, to mention a few.
Chapter 4 is a great selling point for this textbook. This textbook will be read by the student because of how the material is presented—student friendly, simple, easy reading, which is significant.
As an instructor, I want a book that my students would pick up to read because it is quick and easy to read with clear understanding. Moreover, the student learning outcomes postulated in the chapters can be achieved using this textbook. Except for the minor criticism offered, I like the textbook. It is my opinion that it well suited when working with students enrolled in dual-credit programs with criminal justice as a college major as well as an entry-level college student majoring in criminal justice. The book addressed the key areas of the criminal justice system.
Each component courts, cops, and corrections were reflected of key elements essential to the operation of the justice system.
Please provide more detail information in a nuanced Please provide more detail information in a nuanced form. For someone who may not be familiar with the operation of the system or an incoming majoring student, they may have more questions than answers for their curiosity. Subjects are briefly addressed and then the section abruptly ends.
Definitions could be more defined, most of the key terms had one very brief but not concise definition. Information in each section appears appropriate. The authors may want to consider providing more substantive and clarifying depth to the subject matter. After reading certain areas, I was looking for a follow-up example or closure to the subject.
Attempt to provide key cases that change public opinion.
We apprehend, try, and punish offenders by means of a loose confederation of agencies at all levels of government. Community Corrections Probation and Parole. Courts Prosecutors Offices. What makes bin laden 1 on the list? Constitution require that specific steps be taken in the administration of criminal justice so that the individual will be protected from undue intervention from the State. Long term studies show that many suspects who are arrested have prior criminal histories and those with a greater number of prior arrests were more likely to be arrested again.
I reviewed the authors' insight on Michael Brown and the Ferguson incident. However, the author could have drawn parallels from other landmark incidents such as Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin. Consider including information that addresses the lack of reporting and tracking by law enforcement on excessive force. No mention of black lives matter existed.
This section would be of great strength. The structure and flow of the text would align to most or traditional introductory textbook. The organization of the subject matter or key elements were notable.
The authors overuse too many pronouns. Cultural relevancy and sensitivity would be an area of strengthening. The text focuses heavily on the negative occurrences that affect African Americans. Rightfully so, since African Americans have faced such bigotry, hatred, and racism as an ethnicity.
Along with being ignorant, Barkow argues, the American public is irrational, emotion-driven, and punitive. Even when good penal policies get going, a single bad event can derail reform by triggering a popular outcry. Politicians recognize this dynamic and cynically take advantage of it. The public only focuses on the most shocking stories and ignores the data and evidence about which policies effectively reduce crime. Compounding this feedback loop between voters and politicians are the often-elected prosecutors who wield tremendous power in the criminal justice system.