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Criminal Justice CJ 1301 Course Guide

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Course Description

Course Description

This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes. Prerequisite: TSI complete in Reading and Writing, or equivalent, or co-enrolled in INRW 0304. 

Course Keypoints

Criminal Justice 1301

Brief Contents:

The Criminal Justice System

The Police

Criminal Courts



Tentative Schedule

The dates of chapter lectures are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor based on the dynamics of the schedule.

Introduction and Overview of the Course

Chapter 1 – Crime Justice Today

Chapter 2 – Causes of Crime

Chapter 3 – The Crime Picture: Offenders and Victims

Chapter 4 – Inside Criminal Law

Exam #1

Chapter 5 – Law Enforcement Today

Chapter 6 – Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing

Chapter 7 – Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement

Chapter 8 – Courts and the Quest for Justice

Exam #2

Chapter 10 – The Criminal Trial

Chapter 11 – Punishment and Sentencing

Chapter 12 – Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions

Chapter 13 – Prisons and Jails

Final Exam