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Essentials of Criminal Justice, 9th Edition

  • Larry J. Siegel
  • John L. Worrall
  • ISBN-10: 1285441524
  • ISBN-13: 9781285441528
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

One of the few bestselling introductory criminal justice texts written by professors who actively teach the undergraduate course each year, ESSENTIALS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Ninth Edition, is uniquely attuned to the needs of today's students and instructors. This brief introduction to the criminal justice system provides students with thorough, objective coverage of all the latest research in the field, cutting-edge topical and case discussions, and the richest examination of career options to be found in a criminal justice text--all in fewer than 500 pages. The text is ideal for those who want the proven reliability of Siegel and Worrall's authorship in a shorter, paperback presentation. Impeccable scholarship is made accessible through the use of integrated learning objectives, plentiful visuals, and a unique "Reality-Check" theme designed to disabuse students of the incorrect notions, perceptions, and biases they bring to the class as a result of what they see on television or the Internet. And now, a unique new focus on understanding ethical issues gives students opportunities to grapple with ethical concerns faced by agents of the criminal justice system in their professional lives.


  • The "CSI effect" deals instructors one of their greatest challenges. The text's myth-busting "RealityCheck" theme meets the challenge head on, helping students replace the fiction they've seen on television or the Internet with a solid understanding of the realities of the criminal justice system. Chapter-opening "RealityCheck" statements highlight common misperceptions about crime and the American criminal justice system. Throughout the chapter, marginal "RealityCheck" insets spotlight where these myths are countered or dispelled. Focus questions encourage critical thinking and discussion.

  • Providing maximum reinforcement and promoting student success, chapters begin with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections--as well as linked to ancillary quiz and test items.

  • "Criminal Justice and Technology" boxes review some of the more recent scientific advances that can aid the justice system. In Chapter 12, for example, "Monitoring People and Places in Prison" looks at how technology now enables prison administrators to keep track of dangerous inmates and also monitor the most dangerous places on the prison grounds.

  • "Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice" boxed features highlight evidence-based criminal justice policies and practices, helping students to think critically about current justice issues. For example, a box in Chapter 2 reviews the issues surrounding gun control and the Constitution, another in Chapter 11 looks at the problems faced by elderly inmates, and a box in Chapter 12 discusses criminal records and reentry success.

  • "Careers in Criminal Justice" part openers highlight a variety of careers in the criminal justice system. Each part of the book features careers in the field that are discussed in that part, providing information about basic duties, advantages and disadvantages, myths and realities of the jobs, and firsthand quotes from people who work in criminal justice careers.

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 of Crime and Victimization.
3. Criminal Law: Substance and Procedure.
4. Police in Society: History and Organization.
5. The Police: Role and Function.
6. Issues in Policing: Professional, Social, and Legal.
7. Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense.
8. Pretrial and Trial Procedures.
9. Punishment and Sentencing.
10. Community Sentences: Probation, Intermediate Sanctions, and Restorative Justice.
11. Corrections: History, Institutions, and Populations.
12. Prison Life: Living in and Leaving Prison.
13. Juvenile Justice in the Twenty First Century.
14. Criminal Justice in the New Millennium.

New to this edition

  • A new focus on understanding ethical issues gives students unparalleled opportunities to grapple with many of the ethical concerns faced by agents of the criminal justice system in their professional lives.
  • Each chapter begins with a new real-life case vignette that reflects an ethical challenge in criminal justice. For example, Chapter 3 opens with the story of Jennifer Jorgensen, who was sentenced to three to nine years in prison for a car crash in which she was driving without a seatbelt, causing the death of her unborn child. The discussion reflects on the ethics of the case, i.e., is it fair to charge someone like Jorgenson with manslaughter even though she had no intent to kill her unborn child?
  • In support of the stronger emphasis on ethics, new "Ethical Reflections" boxes throughout each chapter challenge students to apply their own sense of ethics to everyday decision-making. These boxes provide further discussion and reinforcement of the ethical issue introduced in the chapter opener.
  • Revised "Ethical Challenge" features now include more background information, making these activities more approachable for students and more easily assignable for instructors. These features present controversial topics in criminal justice and ask students to address the ethical dilemma posed by the issue in an essay.
  • New "WebApps" throughout the book offer a variety of activities for further research and reading, identifying websites that contain valuable information to enrich the textual material.


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

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 128546057X | ISBN-13: 9781285460574)

The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded Test Bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter's Test Bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true-false, completion, essay, and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The Test Bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each question in the Test Bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected instructor website and can also be obtained by e-mail upon request.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285855353 | ISBN-13: 9781285855356)

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 PowerPoint® 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. Available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website, the presentations and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 1285765516 | ISBN-13: 9781285765518)

MindTap for Criminal Justice is a personalized, fully online digital learning platform of authoritative content, assignments, and services that engages your students with interactivity--while also offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and curriculum enhancement via web apps known as MindApps. MindApps range from ReadSpeaker (which reads the text out loud to students), to Kaltura (allowing you to insert video and audio into your curriculum), to ConnectYard (allowing you to create digital "yards" through social media--all without "friending" your students). MindTap for Criminal Justice is more than an eBook, a homework solution or digital supplement, a resource center website, a course delivery platform, or a Learning Management System. It is the first in a new category--the Personal Learning Experience.

LMS Integrated MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285840526 | ISBN-13: 9781285840529)

This access code will provide your students with seamless access to their MindTap Criminal Justice resources from within your campus Learning Management System. Students will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that they click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128585537X | ISBN-13: 9781285855370)

Student Supplements

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 1285765516 | ISBN-13: 9781285765518)

MindTap Criminal Justice for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice, 9th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

LMS Integrated MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285840526 | ISBN-13: 9781285840529)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap Criminal Justice resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.