cpss210 | undergraduate

Introduction To Criminal Justice

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This course is an overview of the organization and jurisdictions of local, state, and federal law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections agencies involved in the criminal justice system. Special issues affecting the criminal justice system including prevention efforts, recidivism, and evidence-based practices are reviewed.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Criminal Courts

    • Outline the dual court system in the United States.
    • Examine the differences among members of the courtroom work group.
    • Compare the philosophical reasons for sentencing criminals.
    • Define the forms of punishment.
    • Describe truth-in-sentencing laws and their goals.


    • Examine the different types of prisons.
    • Explain the justifications for community-based corrections programs.
    • Compare parole and probation and the conditions that accompany each.
    • Describe prison culture and subculture.

    Special Issues

    • Describe the role of victims in the criminal justice system.
    • Identify the community benefits of prevention efforts.
    • Discuss recidivism and its effect on jail and prison populations.
    • Explain the movement toward evidence-based practice in the criminal justice system.

    The Criminal Justice System

    • Define crime and its relationship to law.
    • Describe governmental structure and its relationship to criminal justice.
    • Identify choice theories of crime and their underlying assumptions.
    • Identify components of the criminal justice system and the criminal justice process.

    The Police and Law Enforcement

    • Describe the historical development of police agencies and their jurisdiction.
    • Describe the main types of law enforcement agencies.
    • Examine issues facing police departments in society today.
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