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Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Introduction to Criminal Justice, Second Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Introduction to Criminal Justice, Second Edition by Brian Payne, Willard Oliver, and Nancy Marion offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


Introduction to Criminal Justice, Second Edition, provides students with balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of all aspects of the criminal justice system. Authors Brian K. Payne, Willard M. Oliver, and Nancy E. Marion cover criminal justice from a student-centered perspective by identifying the key issues confronting today’s criminal justice professionals. Students are presented with objective, research-driven material through an accessible and concise writing style that makes the content easier to comprehend. By exploring criminal justice from a broad and balanced perspective, students will understand how decision making is critical to the criminal justice process and their future careers.

The fully updated Second Edition has been completely revised to include new studies and current examples that are relatable to today’s students. Two new feature boxes have been added to this edition to help students comprehend and apply the content. “You Have the Right to…” gives insight into several Constitutional amendments and their relationship with criminal justice today; and “Politics and Criminal Justice” explores current political hot topics surrounding the justice system and the debates that occur on both sides of the political aisle.


We gratefully acknowledge Brian Payne, Willard Oliver, and Nancy Marion for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Beverly Crank, Layne Dittmann, and Susannah Tapp for developing the ancillaries on this site.