Award-winning professor and author Matthew Lippman enhances teaching and learning with his newest text, Striking the Balance: Debating Criminal Justice and Law. Designed to develop the reader's critical thinking skills, the text offers students summaries of clashing points of view on contemporary issues. Original sources, questions for classroom discussion, and engaging "You Decide" activities put the issues into context. Additionally, chapter topics are independent of one another, giving instructors the flexibility to customize the material to their individual course organization. Edited to minimize technical legal terms, the text is the perfect companion to any criminal law or introductory criminal justice textbook.