Illinois's Criminal Justice System centers on the history, advancements, and changes that developed as Illinois expanded from a totally rural and agricultural region to an area encompassing both its historic roots and a booming urban center with national and international ramifications. As the Land of Lincoln is known both for its metropolitan issues and its downstate farms, so too must its criminal justice system accommodate two diverse populations. Criminal justice professionals who share this diversity of experience contributed to this text.
Its authors have backgrounds in urban and rural policing, state and federal law enforcement agencies, local and regional correctional facilities, and state and federal law. The chapters bring this wealth of knowledge together to encompass the diversity of criminal justice challenges that exist within Illinois. Gang problems incumbent in Chicago are interspersed with the methamphetamine laboratories that plague downstate communities.
Victim rights, juvenile treatment opportunities, and officer training are all discussed relative to the Illinois financial situation that limits criminal justice options. Finally, this text serves as a valuable resource for all individuals interested in understanding or pursuing a career in the wide-ranging fields of criminal justice.
About the State-Specific Criminal Justice Series:
One drawback with many current books is that they pertain to the really non-existent “American” criminal justice system and ignore the local landscape. Each state has deliberately designed its own legislature, executive branch, law enforcement system, court and appellate review system, state supreme court, correctional system, and juvenile justice apparatus. Since many criminal justice students embark upon careers in their home states, they are better served by being exposed to their own state criminal justice system.
Texts in this series are designed to be primary texts or as supplements to more general introduction to criminal justice texts.
If you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.