Students will be afforded the opportunity to examine the history, organization, and function of the various local, state, and federal agencies that make up the criminal justice system. The primary focus of this course will be on the three main components of the criminal justice system: the police, the courts, and the correctional system.
- Identify the major steps in the criminal process.
- Describe and analyze major problems and issues in the field of criminal justice.
- Understand criminal justice concepts and principles, to describe and analyze the wide use of discretion in field situations (e.g., the use of deadly force by police officers).
- Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships among various agencies and processes within criminal justice administration.