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The Law
  • Trim Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604136340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-634-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 345
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 168

Summary

To determine the appropriate punishment for a crime, a society creates rules, or laws, to ensure that the perpetrators are disciplined and the order of society is upheld. This new title is an explanation of the principles of criminal law and how they have been applied in the United States. First, the book defines the law; discusses how and why laws are made and enacted; looks at local, state, and federal laws and how they interact; and then discusses crime as a political issue. Case studies highlight how laws have developed to respond to emerging types of crime and other issues, such as the differences in how the law is applied to juveniles and adults.

Chapters include:

  • The Nature of Criminal Law
  • The History of Criminal Law
  • The Process of Legislation 
  • The Elements of Criminal Law 
  • The Juvenile Court System.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Endnotes. Further resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Buckner F. Melton Jr., J.D., Ph.D., a former law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and University Press Fellow at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has appeared in some of the country's most prestigious legal periodicals. The former editor of The North Carolina Law Review, he is the author of numerous books as well as the editor of The Quotable Founding Fathers: A Treasury of 2,500 Wise and Witty Quotations from the Men and Women Who Created America.

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