Making Sense of Criminal Justice

Policies and Practices

Rather than providing students with "the answers," Making Sense of Criminal Justice, Second Edition, challenges them to think critically about how the criminal justice system deals with difficult situations--such as the use of force by the police--and offers a framework for lively classroom discussions and debates.

New to this Edition
* More focus on evidence-based practices
* Inclusion of relevant Supreme Court cases like Blakely v. Washington, Graham v. Florida, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, and Miller v. Alabama
* Addition of recent developments, including the shootings in Newtown, CT, and the Boston Marathon bombing
* Expanded use of the due process and crime control models as an analytical tool throughout
* Discussion of the advent of fusion centers in the war on terror
* Additional suggested writing assignments at the end of each chapter

Previous publication dates

March 2007

G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell
Table of Contents: 

Section I: Criminal Justice Policy
1. The Politics and Policy Dichotomy
2. Crime Control Versus Due Process
Section II: Law Enforcement Issues
3. The Search for a Guiding Philosophy of Policing
4. Police and the Use of Force
5. Gun Control
Section III: Courts--Justice for All, or Just for Some?
6. Sentencing
7. Race, Ethnicity, and Justice
8. Gender and Justice
9. Wrongful Convictions
Section IV: The Challenges of Correcting Law-Violating Behavior
10. What Are the Alternatives?
11. Putting the Brakes on Correctional Populations
12. The Death Penalty
13. Juvenile Crime and Violence
Section V: Public Safety and the Future
14. Living in a Post-9/11 World
15. Making Sense of Criminal Justice--Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow