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Criminal Justice:

An Overview of the System


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Prefatory Materials

[ Preface ]


Chapter I:  The Criminal Justice System

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Section 1.1:  Major Components

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Section 1.2: Roles, Objectives, and Limits in Criminal Justice

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Section 1.3:  Measuring Crime

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Section 1.4: The Criminal Justice Process

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Section 1.5:  The Criminal Justice Process (Continued)

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Chapter II: The Political and Legal Environment of Criminal Justice

[ Chapter 2 Introductory Text ]


Section 2.1:  Dual Federalism

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Section 2.2:  Politics in Criminal Justice

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Section 2.3 The Supreme Court


Section 2.4: The Civil Rights Revolution


Section:  2.5:  Theories of Punishment

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Chapter III: Criminal Law

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Section 3.1:  Sources of the Criminal Law

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Section 3.2:  Substantive Criminal Law

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Section 3.3: Elements of Crimes

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Section 3.4:  Legal Defenses

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Section 3.5:  Substantive Offenses

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Chapter IV: Law Enforcement

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Section 4.1:  Early History of Policing

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Section 4.2:  Structure and Nature of Policing

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Section 4.3:  Police Methods

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Section 4.4:  Investigations and Specialized Units

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4.5:  Legal Environment of Policing

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Chapter V: Courts and Sentencing

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Section 5.1:  State and Federal Courts

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Section 5.2:  Prosecution and Defense

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Section 5.3:  Pretrial Process

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Section 5.4:  The Criminal Trial

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Section 5.5:  Sentencing

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Chapter VI: Prisons, Jails, and Community Corrections

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Section 6.1:  Jails

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Section 6.2 Prisons

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Section 6.3: Prisonerís Rights

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Section 6.4:  Probation

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Section 6.5:  Parole

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References

Appendix A:  The Constitution of the United States

Appendix B:  The Bill of Rights

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