Criminal Justice in England and the United States

Criminal Justice in England and the United States

Criminal Justice in England and the United States

Criminal Justice in England and the United States

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Hirschel and Wakefield provide their readers with an informed and interesting view of two criminal justice systems. The discussion revolves around the history and development of the criminal justice systems of England and the United States. The authors draw comparisions between the two with a view toward policy implications for the administration of criminal justice. The discussion includes areas of law enforcement, judicial systems, correctional systems, and ends with an evaluation of the English criminal justice system and lessons for both the United States and England.

Excerpt

Steven A. Egger

Hirschel and Wakefield provide their readers with an informed as well as interesting view of two criminal justice systems. While most of this work focuses on the English system, the authors present the law enforcement system, the judicial system, and the correctional system through American lenses. While the organization of this work is unique to a comparative analysis of two distinct criminal justice systems, such an approach is refreshing and provides a sequential and logical discussion of the numerous issues addressed throughout each chapter.

This work provides excellent structure for an undergraduate or graduate course on the English and U.S. criminal justice systems. Since both authors have conducted research in England and the United States and have taught courses that compare the two systems, it is logical that the organization of this work resembles a welt-structured course on comparative criminal justice.

As the reader will understand upon reaching the conclusion, there are lessons to be learned from both the United States and England. While the term change agent is from the 1960s, the authors do not consider it old hat. Whether those change agents come from within the criminal justice system in either England or the United States, or from outside these systems, Criminal Justice in England and the United States provides these change agents with a solid framework of analysis from which to implement new concepts and ideas to improve the effectiveness of their respective criminal justice systems. This is the eighth book in the Praeger Series in Criminology and Crime Control Policy and joins an eclectic and valuable group of scholastic works. It is indeed a welcome and highly readable addition to this series.

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