The Criminal Justice System Review

“Comprised of three volumes, this ready-reference set contains 620 articles on the most important facets of the U.S. criminal justice system with volume 1 focusing on crime and criminal law, volume 2 on law enforcement and the courts, and volume 3 on corrections and special issues. Article subjects range in time from the Salem witch trials (1692) to the extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States (2016). Each article focuses on one of the 6 Cs of criminal justice: criminals, codes, constitutions, cops, courts, or corrections. Alphabetically arranged, each article contains important definitions, explains the significance of the subject, and elaborates on key issues relating to criminal justice. Throughout the three volumes there are hundreds of photographs, maps, charts, tables, and graphs. Written with the casual reader in mind, each article also contains see also references and annotated further readings for more in-depth reading.
While the first two volumes focus primarily on articles, the third finishes up the 6 Cs of criminal justice and follows with several other prominent features. Following the articles are over 100 pages of appendixes including an annotated bibliography, a helpful glossary containing over 700 criminal justice terms, and a special section of crime rates and definitions, courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Crime Victimization Surveys of the U.S. Census Bureau. There is also a chronological listing of key U.S. Supreme Court rulings and their relevance to criminal justice, as well as a chronological listing of well-known American trials and the significance of their outcomes. A complete chronological timeline of all key issues relating to criminal justice is followed by several indexes which provide the reader with quick access to issues. The issues are arranged by subject, court case, laws and acts, and person.
Put together by hundreds of contributors from both the academic world and the criminal justice profession, The Criminal Justice System is a valuable one-stop reference work for a quick understanding of some of the most important issues in the U.S. criminal justice system.”
-ARBA