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Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer, 6th Edition

By Griffiths
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ISBN-10: 0176724400
ISBN-13: 9780176724405
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 6th

Griffiths’ Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer provides a succinct yet thorough introduction to the dynamic and complex Canadian criminal justice system for students without significant prior exposure to the field. In brief chapters, the text presents a current, accessible overview of the distinct parts of the criminal justice system as they are evolving in response to the technological and societal changes of the 21st century. The sixth edition includes updated theories, cases, and examples. These additions serve to enhance this market-leading text, helping to create a highly engaged community of learners who come to class prepared and eager to discuss the issues presented in the text.


  • *NEW* Critical Thinking Exercises, and Classroom/Discussion activities, including videos and links to view online. In general, there are one of these per chapter, and for most chapters, a second one are available online.
  • *NEW* New chapter: Chapter 13: Youth Justice
  • The following boxes are throughout the book (all chapters): Research File, Box , Perspective, At Issue
  • Class, gender, race, and inequality are themes throughout the book. These themes will provide the structure to incorporate emerging trends that fit within them (such as privatization of policing, drug laws, restorative justice).

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Canadian Criminal Justice: Setting the Framework
  • Chapter 1: The Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Chapter 2: Understanding the Criminal Justice Process
  • Chapter 3: Considerations in the Study of Criminal Justice
  • Part Two: The Police
  • Chapter 4: The Structure and Roles of The Police
  • Chapter 5: Police Powers and Decision Making
  • Chapter 6: Police Strategies, Operations, and Engagement
  • Part Three: The Criminal Courts
  • Chapter 7: The Structure and Operation of The Criminal Courts
  • Chapter 8: The Prosecution of Criminal Cases
  • Chapter 9: Sentencing
  • Part Four: Corrections
  • Chapter 10: Corrections in the Community: Alternatives to Confinement
  • Chapter 11: Correctional Institutions
  • Chapter 12: Release, Reentry, and Reintegration
  • Part Five: Youth Justice
  • Chapter 13: The Youth Justice System
  • Part Six: Reconsidering Criminal Justice
  • Chapter 14: Going Forward: Challenges to and Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform

Author Information

Curt T. Griffiths

Curt Taylor Griffiths is a Professor and Coordinator of the Police Studies Program in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Among his primary research interests are the organizational and operational dynamics of policing, police effectiveness and efficiency, and the effectiveness of police strategies and operations. His work has been carried out at the national and international levels, where he has worked with all levels of government, community organizations, and communities of diversity. He is the author of two university-level texts—Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer (6th ed., 2019) and Canadian Police Work (5th ed., 2019)—and co-author of the text Canadian Corrections (5th ed., 2018). He has published widely in academic journals on a variety of police-related topics. He is also the co-author of several recent reports prepared for Public Safety Canada, including Contemporary Policing Responsibilities (2017); The Use of Private Security Services for Policing (2016); and Improving Police Efficiency: Challenges and Opportunities (2015). Recently-completed projects with colleagues include an evaluation of the Justice Institute of BC Police Academy recruit training program (2019); a review of street checks policy and practice in Vancouver (2019) and Edmonton (2018); an evaluation of the investigator training program in the BC Office of the Independent Investigator (IIO) (2019); a resource review of the Kelowna (BC) RCMP detachment (2019); operational reviews of the Vancouver Police Department (2017) and the Winnipeg Police Department (2013); and studies of patrol deployment in the Delta (BC) and Saanich (BC) police departments. He also served as a consultant for the City of Surrey (BC) during the transition from RMCP contract policing to an independent municipal police service.