cja313 | undergraduate
Contemporary Issues In Criminal Justice
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.
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Law Enforcement Technology
- Identify the role of DNA profiling in criminal investigations.
- Explore how the prevalence of information technology has led to changes in the way police now conduct all criminal investigations.
- Describe some of the technologically advanced equipment now employed by law enforcement agencies for surveillance, intelligence gathering and support.
- Discuss the implications of this enforcement technology on civil liberties.
- Describe the process of securing the electronic crime scene and seizing electronic evidence.
- Explore the methods used by "police futurists" in their attempts to anticipate future trends in criminality and the police profession.
- Understand the motivations and operations of terrorist groups and how this understanding contributes to effective enforcement strategies.
- Discuss the term "critical infrastructure" and the potential vulnerability of a complex technological society like the United States to attacks on a variety of potential targets.
- Identify interagency communication problems that existed before September 11, 2001 and the strategies for reducing these problems in the future.
- Identify the role of law enforcement as emergency first responders in a terrorist incident.
- Recognize some of the technical and legal barriers, attitudes, and prevailing cultural values that add to the challenge of effectively prosecuting the war on domestic terrorism.
- Identify some of the policies, programs, and initiatives that have been implemented and proposed on a national level to combat the terrorist threat.
- Describe how disparate agencies and institutions at the national, state and local level are working individually and collectively to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism.
- Describe the national strategy to combat the use or threatened use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) by terrorists.
- Identify contemporary issues currently facing the criminal justice system.
Technology and Crime
- Analyze how the Internet can be used by terrorists, crime syndicates, and other criminal organizations.
- Discuss the methods and motivations of Internet hackers.
- Understand how the reliance on information technology for a vast array of everyday activities has contributed to the exponential growth in the crime of "identity theft."
- Describe the most common forms of online criminality, including cyber identity theft, hacking and phishing, cyber stalking, cyber terrorism, cyber pornography, and cyber gambling.
Security and Liberty
- Discuss the competing claims of security versus privacy, personal autonomy, and convenience in waging a war against terrorism and other criminal activity that is increasingly both international in scope and leading edge in its level of technological sophistication.
- Understand how the duties and responsibilities of those in law enforcement have expanded since the September 11th terrorist attacks.
- Understand the application of the exclusionary rule to violations of the Fourth Amendment.
- Understand the increased security provided by the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as its implications to Fourth Amendment liberty.
- Explain how police agencies, both domestic and international, are being restructured and transformed in the modern world.
Police Accountability and Community Involvement
- Understand how community oriented policing enhances traditional policing strategies.
- Identify the advantages and disadvantages of mandatory arrest procedures for domestic violence incidents.
- Identify critical issues in racially biased policing, including police and citizen perceptions, accountability and supervision, policy development, hiring and training procedures, and statistical computations.
- Discuss the limitations on using race as a factor in searches or seizures.
- Discuss alternative sentencing, drug courts, victim-offender mediation, "Weed and Seed" and other forms of restorative justice.
- Consider the multicultural implications of restorative justice programs.
- Identify the emerging role of private security and its interrelation with public law enforcement.
- Understand the challenges persons with mental illness pose to the criminal justice system and identify strategies to address these challenges.
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