Criminal Justice Policy Analysis – cja463 (3 credits)

This course examines the history of federal- and state-level crime control initiatives and explores the development of effective anticrime policies. The analysis of contemporary crime control policies is included.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Public Policy Foundations and Views in Criminal Justice

  • Distinguish between legislatively based policy and administrative regulatory policy as they relate to crime and criminal justice.
  • Compare and contrast the rights of the accused with the policy mission of protecting the public from criminal behavior.
  • Differentiate between factors that affect criminal justice policy making.
  • Evaluate the role of the United States constitution in relationship to the development of contemporary criminal justice policy.
  • Differentiate between the roles of federal and state government in the development and implementation of criminal justice policy.

Policy Differences in Approach for Policing, Judicial Action, and Correctional Practices

  • Differentiate between policy perspectives among the police, courts, and corrections at the federal and state level.
  • Analyze the historical evolution of criminal justice policy relating to policing, the courts, and corrections over the past 50 years.
  • Identify opportunities for cooperation between elements of the criminal justice system in the implementation of criminal justice policy.

Political Impact upon Criminal Justice Policy

  • Determine the impact of politics on the budgetary process.
  • Evaluate the relationship between fiscal resources and the development and implementation of criminal justice policy.

Effective and Ineffective Policy Making in Response to Crime

  • Analyze effective and ineffective criminal justice initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that have had historical significance.
  •  Describe goals in the criminal justice system that policy attempts to achieve.

Globalization of Criminal Justice Policy

  • Explain the globalization of criminal justice policy in relationship to contemporary issues.
  • Predict the effects of globalization on the development of criminal justice policy in the future.

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