Criminal Justice-coas | Courts & Criminal Justice
P302 | 1481 | --


"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 in detail - bail,
charging, plea negotiation, and sentencing. In all our discussions, we will
be concerned explaining how courts allocate rewards and penalties to
defendants, victims, court participants, and the community at large.
Readings: Baum, Lawrence.  "American Courts:  Process and Policy"
4th edition.  Boston:            Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Stolzenberg and D'Alessio, "Criminal Courts for the 21st
Century" 1999.  Prentice           Hall
Readings for P302
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, TV 245).

Instructor:    Professor Mary Lee Luskin, Criminal Justice
Department