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Introduction to Criminal Justice, 15th Edition

  • Larry J. Siegel
  • John L. Worrall
  • ISBN-10: 1305261046
  • ISBN-13: 9781305261044
  • 736 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

One of the few bestselling introductory criminal justice texts written by professors who actively teach the course to large numbers of undergraduates each year, INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE is uniquely attuned to the needs of today's students and instructors. Now in its fifteenth edition and known for its authoritative, solidly researched content, Siegel and Worrall's text delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage of criminal justice. Extremely student friendly, the text's balanced and objective presentation is packed with provocative real-world examples and the latest developments from the field. Crisp writing together with vivid illustrations guides readers through the intricate workings of the police, courts, and correctional systems; the concepts and processes of justice; and key policy issues.


  • Each chapter opens with fascinating accounts of high-profile, real-life cases that illustrate key concepts, encouraging students to immediately begin absorbing and applying course material.

  • Features throughout the text help students grasp and apply what they are learning: "Criminal Justice and Technology" shows how police, courts, and corrections use new technology; "Evidence-Based Justice" focuses on policies, practices, and programs that are supported by research; "Analyzing Criminal Justice Issues" helps students to learn and think critically about current justice issues and practices; and "The Victim Experience" focuses on victims' roles in the criminal justice system, shown through the lens of the victim rather than the criminal or agent of the justice system.

  • "Ethical Challenges in Criminal Justice: A Writing Assignment" challenges students to solve ethical dilemmas they may confront working in criminal justice.

  • To provide maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter's learning objectives are carefully integrated within the text, matched to end-of-chapter summary sections, and linked to corresponding test items in the accompanying Test Bank.

About the Author

Larry J. Siegel

LARRY J. SIEGEL was born in the Bronx, New York. While living on Jerome Avenue and attending City College (CCNY) in the 1960s, he was swept up in the social and political currents of the time. He became intrigued with the influence contemporary culture had on individual behavior: did people shape society or did society shape people? He applied his interest in social forces and human behavior to the study of crime and justice. After graduating from CCNY, he attended the newly opened program in criminal justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Siegel began his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he was a faculty member for nine years. After leaving Northeastern, he held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he taught for 27 years; he is now a professor emeritus, still teaching online courses in criminology and criminal justice. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal justice, and criminal procedure. He is a court-certified expert on police conduct and has testified in numerous legal cases. The father of four and grandfather of three, Larry Siegel now resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs, Watson and Cody..

John L. Worrall

JOHN L. WORRALL is Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. A Seattle native, he received a BA, double majoring in psychology and law and justice, from Central Washington University in 1994. Both his MA (criminal justice) and PhD (political science) were received from Washington State University, where he graduated in 1999. From 1999 to 2006, he was a member of the criminal justice faculty at California State University, San Bernardino. He joined UTD in Fall 2006. Dr. Worrall has published articles and book chapters on topics ranging from legal issues in policing to crime measurement. He is the author of Crime Control in America: What Works? (3rd ed., Pearson) and Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal (5th ed., Pearson); coauthor of several texts, including most recently, with Jennifer L. Moore, Criminal Law and Procedure (Pearson, 2014); and editor of the journal Police Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Crime and Criminal Justice.
2. The Nature and Extent of Crime.
3. Understanding Crime and Victimization.
4. Criminal Law: Substance and Procedure.
5. Public Policing and Private Security.
6. The Police: Organization, Role, and Function.
7. Issues in Policing.
8. Police and the Rule of Law.
9. Court Structure and Personnel.
10. Pretrial and Trial Procedures.
11. Punishment and Sentencing.
12. Community Sentences: Probation, Intermediate Sanctions, and Restorative Justice.
13. Corrections: History, Institutions, and Populations.
14. Prison Life: Living in and Leaving Prison.
15. Juvenile Justice.
16. Crime and Justice in the New Millennium.

New to this edition

  • "FactCheck" boxes compare students' opinions to public opinion, and then contrast opinion with reality to illustrate how perceptions and the "real world" are often at odds with one another. For example, a "FactCheck" box in Chapter 4 compares opinions about reasons for gun ownership with the realities of defensive gun use, and another in Chapter 11 compares perceptions of the death penalty with the reality of the complications of administering the death penalty in specific situations.
  • "Global Criminal Justice" boxes are aimed at helping students better understand crime problems that know no geographical boundaries. They also offer comparative perspectives. For example, the box in Chapter 2 compares U.S. crime rates to those of other countries around the world, and the box in Chapter 16 explores global sex trafficking.
  • Content has been updated throughout the book, with new or expanded discussion of such timely topics as marijuana legalization, policing strategies, and the effects of recent Supreme Court cases on criminal justice operations.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305277546 | ISBN-13: 9781305277540)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text and feature some additional examples and real world cases for application and discussion.

Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Lesson Plan and Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305408551 | ISBN-13: 9781305408555)
Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305277635 | ISBN-13: 9781305277632)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the book's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

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Student Supplements

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