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Authors: Roger J. R. Levesque (Indiana University) 
Book Description:
Psychological science now reveals much about the law's response to crime. This is the first text to bridge both fields as it presents psychological research and theory relevant to each phase of criminal justice processes. The materials are divided into three parts that follow a comprehensive introduction. The introduction analyzes the major legal themes and values that guide criminal justice processes and points to the many psychological issues they raise. Part I examines how the legal system investigates and apprehends criminal suspects. Topics range from the identification, searching and seizing to the questioning of suspects. Part II focuses on how the legal system establishes guilt. To do so, it centers on the process of bargaining and pleading cases, assembling juries, providing expert witnesses, and considering defendants' mental states. Part III focuses on the disposition of cases. Namely, that part highlights the process of sentencing defendants, predicting criminal tendencies, treating and controlling offenders, and determining eligibility for such extreme punishments as the death penalty. The format seeks to give readers a feeling for the entire criminal justice process and for the role psychological science has and can play in it.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - Criminal Justice Processes: Competing Ideologies, Recurring Principles, and Considering the Role of Psychological Science; pp. 1-24

Part I - Investigating and Apprehending Criminal Suspects;
pp. 25-254
Chapter 2 - Identifying Suspects
Chapter 3 - Searching Suspects
Chapter 4 - Seizing Suspects
Chapter 5 - Interrogating Suspects

Part II - Determining Defendants’ Guilt or Innocence; pp. 255-415
Chapter 6 - Bargaining with Defendants
Chapter 7 - Judging Juries
Chapter 8 - Evaluating Experts

Part III - Formulating Criminal Dispositions; pp. 417-675
Chapter 9 - Determining the Defendants’ Mental State and Capacity
Chapter 10 - Sentencing Defendants and Predicting Criminal Tendencies
Chapter 11 - Treating and Controlling Offenders
Chapter 12 - Terminating the Life of Criminals

Appendix A - Key Federal Constitutional Provisions
Appendix B - Understanding Case Law
Appendix C - General Categories of Criminal Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter
Appendix D - Major Psychiatric Disorders
Appendix E - Legal Glossary


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 2nd Quarter
   Pages: 8.5 x 10.5, 723 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-59454-312-8
   Status: AV
Status Code Description
AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
AV Available
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