Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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CJUS 121A - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the student to the functions and practices of the agencies that make up the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. The various stages in the criminal justice process are the focus. Ideological and organizational factors influencing decision-making throughout the criminal justice system are examined. (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Understand the structure of and relationships between the three parts of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
  • Describe the practices of the police, courts, and corrections.
  • Explain the interaction between and organization of federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies.
  • Compare the major methods for measuring crime and evaluate sources of official crime statistics.
  • Explain key periods in the historical evolution of American courts, law enforcement, and corrections.

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