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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.
Criminal Justice 1301
The Criminal Justice System
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
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
Chapter 10 – The Criminal Trial
Chapter 11 – Punishment and Sentencing
Chapter 12 – Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions
Chapter 13 – Prisons and Jails