Introduction to Criminal Justice by Lawrence F. Travis III

By Lawrence F. Travis III

This student-friendly introductory textual content describes the felony justice process―outlining the choices, practices, humans, and matters concerned. It presents an excellent creation to the mechanisms of the legal justice approach, with balanced insurance of the problems awarded via each one aspect of the method, together with a radical evaluation of practices and controversies in legislation enforcement, the legal courts, and corrections.

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What you did not know is that the postcard was a monthly report the woman was sending to her probation officer. Nor was it clear that the man with the suitcase just left the state penitentiary on parole. The arguing couple may be tonight’s domestic disturbance (or last night’s). The slow-moving police car is searching for the small child, who is reading the street signs because he is lost. The jaywalker crossed the street to avoid walking past a group of teens gathered on the sidewalk. The man at the parking meter wants to avoid a citation.

For instance, schools serve the function of education. We can classify institutional functions as either manifest or latent. Manifest functions are the stated purposes of the institution, whereas latent functions are the unstated or hidden goals. Schools serve the manifest function of education through teaching students various academic subjects. They also meet the latent functions of providing child care and controlling the workforce by otherwise occupying millions of young people. ” The making and enforcement of rules is a requirement for organized social living.

Types of Systems Systems are identified and classified in a number of ways (Sutherland, 1975). For our purposes, we need only differentiate between “closed” and “open” systems. These terms refer to the sensitivity of a system to its environment. Closed systems are relatively impervious and insensitive to the environment, whereas those that more freely interact with their environments are open. A closed system is often self-contained. One simplistic example of a closed system is an astronaut in a space suit.

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