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Essentials of Criminal Justice, 10th Edition

  • Larry J. Siegel
  • John L. Worrall
  • ISBN-10: 1305633768
  • ISBN-13: 9781305633766
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2013, 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

ESSENTIALS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Tenth Edition, 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. Impeccable scholarship is made accessible through the use of integrated learning objectives, visuals, and a unique "Reality Check" theme designed to disabuse students of the incorrect notions, perceptions, and biases they bring to the class. A 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. What's more, the MindTap that accompanies this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with video cases, career scenarios, visual summaries, and interactive labs for exploring investigative techniques.


  • A focus on understanding ethical issues gives students many opportunities to grapple with ethical concerns faced by agents of the criminal justice system in their professional lives. In support of this emphasis, "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, while chapter-ending "Ethical Challenge" features present controversial topics and ask students to address the ethical dilemma posed by the issue in an essay.

  • "Careers in Criminal Justice" boxes include a "Reality Check" section that discusses the potential pitfalls of the career area, as well as what might disqualify a person from the career or job being highlighted.

  • The "CSI effect" deals instructors one of their greatest challenges. The text's myth-busting "Reality Check" 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. 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.

  • "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.

  • "Criminal Justice and Technology" boxes review some of the more recent scientific advances that can aid the justice system. In Chapter 4, for example, body-worn cameras are featured. In the wake of recent high-profile police shootings of unarmed suspects, these devices are finding their way into more and more departments. Chapter 5 discusses the use of drones for tracking drug dealers and other persons of interest.

  • "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 mental illness and criminal justice, one in Chapter 11 looks at the problems faced by elderly inmates, and a box in Chapter 14 looks at the global trafficking in persons.


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— John Grennon, Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts

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

  • New real-life case vignettes open each chapter and reflect an ethical challenge in criminal justice. For example, Chapter 10 begins with the story of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and failing to file income tax returns. The discussion reflects on the ethics of the case, i.e., is it fair and just to put non-violent people like Teresa and Joe in prison for a business violation, given the high cost of incarceration and, in this case, the fact that they had four children living at home?
  • New part openers highlight news stories about important events that have had significant impact on the justice system. These tie closely into the chapters that follow. The Part 2 opener ("Police and Law Enforcement"), for example, features the 2014 Albuquerque police shooting of an unarmed homeless man that led to eventual Justice Department intervention in the affairs of the department.
  • Completely updated throughout, this edition includes new or revised discussions of such timely topics as high-profile police shootings, lone wolf terrorists, recent gun control developments, the latest on marijuana legalization, police technology, including body cameras and drones, the end to prison expansion, wrongful convictions and youth gangs.
  • The new MindTap® for Essentials of Criminal Justice, 10th Edition, is an online learning platform offering customizable content, course analytics, an e-reader, and an applied learning experience –- all delivered within your current learning management system. With its rich array of media assets -- all tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level -- MindTap engages students, guides them toward mastery of basic concepts, and advances their critical thinking abilities.
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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  (ISBN-10: 1305640268 | ISBN-13: 9781305640269)

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. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305640292 | ISBN-13: 9781305640290)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305640322 | ISBN-13: 9781305640320)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text'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.

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 130550870X | ISBN-13: 9781305508705)

MindTap for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice, 10th Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap gives you complete ownership of your content with customizable content, course analytics, an accessible e-reader, and the single most applied learning experience available. Prepare students to make the type of reasoned decisions they will make as future professionals facing real challenges. All media assets are tagged by learning objective and Bloom’s Taxonomy level. Customize the interactive syllabi, emphasize the most important topics, and add your own material or notes in the eBook.

LMS Integrated MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305640284 | ISBN-13: 9781305640283)

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.

Student Supplements

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Worrall's Essentials of Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 130550870X | ISBN-13: 9781305508705)

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LMS Integrated MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305640284 | ISBN-13: 9781305640283)

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.