Public Policy Issues –


(3 credits)

This course addresses the development and influence of public policy with respect to specific justice and security issues facing the American society.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Policy Issues, Corrections, and Security

  • Analyze how public policy impacts private security.
  • Evaluate the changing role of security in our society.
  • Identify public policy challenges in corrections.
  • Analyze the issues facing correctional administrators.
  • Examine the role and history of corrections in our society.

Policy Issues, the Courts, and the Juvenile Justice System

  • Analyze the role of juvenile justice in the policy making process.

  • Examine the impact of sentencing policies.

  • Explain the role of the courts in policy making.

Policy Issues and the Police

  • Evaluate police policy issues that affect the public.
  • Analyze the policy issues affecting the police.
  • Describe the role and history of policing in our society.

Other Actors in the Policy-Making Process

  • Examine the impact of economic trends on criminal justice policies.
  • Analyze the role of interest groups.
  • Describe how public opinion and the media participate in the policy-making process.
  • Examine the role of bureaucracies in the policy-making process.

Role of Government in the Policy-Making Process

  • Compare and contrast federal, state, and local policy-making processes.

  • Describe how the judiciary branches participate in the policy-making process.
  • Describe how the legislative branches participate in the policy-making process.
  • Describe how the executive branches participate in the policy-making process.

The Criminal Justice Policy Process

  • Describe the various ways public policies are used to remedy problems and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Identify goals of the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the history of criminal justice policy in America.
  • Identify key participants in the making of criminal justice policy.
  • Examine the role of ideology in the policy-making process.
  • Describe the steps involved in the public policy process.

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