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The American dictionary of criminal justice : key terms and major court cases
Champion, Dean J.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Roxbury Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
vii, 405 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HV7411 .C53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A reference for students of the criminal justice system. Terms defined cut across areas including criminal law, criminal justice, forensics, corrections, probation and parole, policing, jails, white-collar crime, and search and seizure. Recent and significant US Supreme Court cases are presented abridged, in summary format, to highlight major facts. Many cases are cross-cited to facilitate research, and US Constitutional Amendments are cited when applicable. Examples are provided of protocol to follow when referencing legal citations, so that students will learn to cite and interpret case materials. Includes a list of Internet addresses for journals and agencies. Champion is affiliated with Texas A&M International University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Champion's second edition continues the format of the first (Dictionary of American Criminal Justice, CH, Apr'99), and like it has two parts. The first is a list of criminal justice terms, including brief entries on major criminal justice figures, such as Benjamin Rush and O.W. Wilson. The second is an annotated list of cases (largely those argued before the Supreme Court) that have had a major impact in the field of criminal justice. Students seeking to study major cases dealing, for example, with custodial interrogations or entrapment, will find an index by topic at the back of the book. Although there are many guides to Supreme Court decisions as well as a number of criminal justice dictionaries, this relatively inexpensive paperback will prove handy as a supplement undergraduates can use with their textbooks when writing papers or researching topical areas. E. B. Ryner FBI Library