CJ: Realities and Challenges encourages students to think critically about the realities and challenges of the criminal justice system. Using the text's framework of Observe, Investigate and Understand, students learn to recognize the myths and interpret the facts underlying the American criminal justice system and gain greater understanding of its complexities. CJ: Realities and Challenges brings together the insights of an author team of practitioners and scholars to present a contemporary and realistic perspective on a vital institution in American Society.