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Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Criminal Justice books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Criminal Justice: The Essentials (2018)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListA flexible and cost effective alternative to larger texts, Criminal Justice: The Essentials, Fifth Edition, covers all the fundamental issues faced by law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice, leaving detailed specifics and tangential topics to the discretion of instructors to cover in class. With abundant examples and just the right amount of sidebars and “highlights” Criminal Justice, Fifth Edition, is the ideal resource for introducing students to the essential issues in the field. #109,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #97 in Criminology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a…
Author(s): Steven P. Lab, Marian R. Williams, et al.

2. Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (12th Edition) (2017)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in Introduction to Criminal Justice , offers a contemporary, authoritative look at crime in America with a focus on police, courts, and corrections. To make information resonate with students, Schmalleger asks readers to consider the balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes. A wealth of Internet resources along with author tweets (@schmalleger) extends chapter material and provides up-to-the minute information on this ever-evolving…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

3. Criminal Justice in America by George F. Cole (2013-01-01) (1792)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing (1792) ASIN: B01NGZZT7Q Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): George F. Cole;Christopher E. Smith;Christina DeJong

4. Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (11th Edition) (2015)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in Introduction to Criminal Justice   offers a contemporary, authoritative look at crime in America with a focus on police, courts, and corrections. To make information resonate with students, Schmalleger asks readers to consider the  balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes. An interactive website along with author tweets (@schmalleger) extends chapter material and provides up-to-the minute…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

5. Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Brief Edition (2018)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminal Justice: A Brief Edition provides students with coverage of core concepts supported by student-tested pedagogical tools that promote student engagement, thought-provoking classroom discussions, and critical-thinking skills. #77,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #54 in Criminology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): John Randolph Fuller

6. Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice (2018)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListAn Introduction to Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Third Edition demonstrates how statistics is relevant to your life and future career by illustrating the logical connections between basic statistical concepts and their real-world implications in criminology and criminal justice. Written for students with a limited mathematical background, author Jacinta Gau eases any anxiety around statistics by simplifying the overarching goal of each statistical technique and providing step-by-step instructions for working through the formulas and numbers. You will…
Author(s): Jacinta M. Gau

7. Introduction to Criminal Justice: Practice and Process (2018)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListA practical and applied introduction to criminal justice Introduction to Criminal Justice: Practice and Process shows you how to think practically about the criminal justice system by offering you a proven, problem-based approach to learning.  Bestselling authors Kenneth J. Peak and Tamara D. Madensen draw on their many years of combined practitioner and academic experience to explain the importance of criminal justice and show how key trends, emerging issues, historical background, and practical lessons can be applied in the field. New to the Third Edition: #108,859 in…
Author(s): Kenneth J. Peak, Tamara D. Madensen-Herold

8. CRIMINAL JUSTICE: An Overview of the System (2016)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListThis book provides an overview of the criminal justice system of the United States. It is intended to provide the introductory student a concise yet balanced introduction to the workings of the legal system as well as policing, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Six chapters, each divided into five sections, provide the reader a consistent, comfortable format as well as providing the instructor with a consistent framework for ease of instructional design. #183,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #924 in Criminology (Books) #3200 in Law (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would…
Author(s): Adam J. McKee

9. Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (14th Edition) (2016)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListBest-selling and time-tested, Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century,continues to lead the field as the gold-standard for introductory criminal justice texts. Its comprehensive coverage focuses on the crime picture in America and on the three traditional elements of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. Building upon the theme of individual freedom versus personal security, it challenges students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society. An instructor and student favorite, the…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

10. Criminology For Dummies (2009)

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate ListYour thorough guide to comprehending and combating crime Are you fascinated by criminology, forensics, and detective work? This you-are-there guide takes you deep into the world of crime, giving you a better understanding of the dark recesses of the criminal mind and how law enforcement officials investigate crime. You’ll gain real-world knowledge of the reasons for and consequences of crime, the way society responds to it, and, most important, how crime can be prevented. Open the book and find: #180,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #907 in Criminology (Books) #2811 in Behavioral Sciences (Books) Would you like to…
Author(s): Steven Briggs

Best Criminal Justice Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some criminal justice books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author(s): Bachman, Ronet; Schutt, Russell K.
Publisher: Sage, Year: 2020, Size: 31 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2376905

Criminal justice in Canada

Author(s): Goff, Colin Harford
Publisher: Nelson, Year: 2020, Size: 205 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2422177

Machine Learning Risk Assessments in Criminal Justice Settings

Author(s): Richard Berk
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309921

EU Criminal Justice: Fundamental Rights, Transnational Proceedings and the European Public Prosecutor's Office

Author(s): Tommaso Rafaraci, Rosanna Belfiore
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311759

Public Order Policing in Hong Kong: The Mongkok Riot

Author(s): Kam C. Wong
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2312088

Victim Participation Rights: Variation Across Criminal Justice Systems

Author(s): Kerstin Braun
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354423

Rights and Wrongs: Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice

Author(s): William C. Heffernan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407384

Recidivism in the Caribbean: Improving the Reintegration of Jamaican Ex-prisoners

Author(s): Dacia L. Leslie
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407398

Crime in Japan: A Psychological Perspective

Author(s): Laura Bui, David P. Farrington
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407541

Desisting Sisters: Gender, Power and Desistance in the Criminal (In)Justice System

Author(s): Úna Barr
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407572

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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