Introduction to the Criminal Justice System: A Practical Perspective by Francis Williams and Laura Dykstra examines the basic organization, structure, and function of the criminal justice system, while also illuminating contemporary issues and barriers that can delay, prevent, or impact the system’s function of achieving justice. The book contains several pedagogical features to facilitate learning and improve the student experience.
Key Terms are identified at the beginning of each chapter and presented in bold text throughout the book to alert the reader of fundamental and relevant terms.
Chapter Introductions and Pre-Reading Questions prepare students to think about and develop critical skills.
Discussion Questions are provided at the end of each chapter to engage students, encourage critical thinking, and stimulate class discussion.
High-Impact Learning Activities at the end of each chapter foster thoughtful consideration of the material and provide opportunities for practical application.
Chapter Summaries effectively review key information presented within each chapter.
Highlight Boxes, Informational Tables, and Figures provide visual representations of data, illustrate key concepts, and provide emphasis and detail throughout the book.