This volume it the most comprehensive, current and applied introduction to criminal justice in the field today. The authors' collective criminal justice experience as jail administrators, police administrators, attorneys, educators and trainers provides a unique perspective into relevant criminal justice topics. The book provides real world examples with a focus on the human dimension within the major components of the Criminal Justice System that illuminate the abstract aspects of the material. The authors examine crime and justice in America, the substantive criminal law, the law of criminal procedure and the rights of the criminally accused, the nature and distribution of crime and its victims, police operations, issues and trends in policing, the dynamics of the criminal court, pretrial procedures, the criminal trial, sentencing, appeals, and the death penalty, jails and detention, correctional institutions, probation, parole, and community corrections, juvenile justice, and drugs, crime and the criminal justice system. For individuals interested in a comprehensive look at America's criminal justice system.