Criminal Justice-coas | Courts & Criminal Justice
P302 | 1528 | --

"Courts and Criminal Justice" takes a social science perspective on the
criminal courts.  We begin by considering the place of courts in the
political system, including the structure of the federal and state judicial
systems and the selection, roles, and working environments of the major
participants.  Against this background, we review the stages in the
processing of criminal cases and consider several stages -- e.g., the
decision to charge, pleas, and sentencing -- in detail. In all our
discussions, we will be concerned explaining how courts allocate rewards and
penalties to defendants, victims, court participants, and the community at

Readings:	Baum, Lawrence.  "American Courts:  Process and Policy" 3rd
edition.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1994
				Stolzenberg and D'Alessio, "Criminal Courts
for the 21st Century" 1998.  Prentice Hall

				T.I.S. Reading Packet

Requirements:	Class meetings will combine lecture, discussion, and
in-class exercises.  A video presentation and guest speaker may be included
as well.  Students also will be required to participate in an in-class
simulation of the plea bargaining process.

				Students' performance will be evaluated
through one or two mid-term examinations, a final examination, and
participation in and report on the plea bargaining simulation.  The
examinations may consist of multiple choice, short answer, or essay
questions.  Your answers will be graded on accuracy, completeness, clarity,
and organization.
Class Meeting:	Two 75-minute lectures each week (TR, 9:30-10:45A, WH 004).

Instructor:	Professor Mary Lee Luskin, Criminal Justice Department