Builds upon a central them of individual rights vs. societal interests and provides the most current data available from the National Institute of Justice, with advanced computer graphics program integrated throughout for visual support. Thoroughly examines a variety of topics, including the legal environment of the police and corrections; issues facing women and minorities in today's justice system; direct supervision jails and much more. Contains two series of informative boxes (one focusing on careers in criminal justice; the other examining criminal justice in the 21st century), and integrates many eye-catching photos throughout. Third Edition highlights include new material on Megan's Law, homophobic homicides, smart guns, prison gangs, and more, plus many new U.S. Supreme Court cases. A dedicated web site now provides the latest breaking news in the justice field (http: //www.prenhall.com/cjcentral).