Criminal Justice-coas | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 1404 | DeLeon-Granados


Course Description:
An overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, including its social
and political functions, with specific emphasis on actual cases, to
allow a more critical and intimate review of the system we entrust to
deal with crime and satisfy justice.

Topics:
Substantive law, history and overview of the police, current issues in
criminal justice and policing (i.e. community policing, domestic
violence), constitutional rights and the exclusionary rule, the role
of the attorney, bail reform, preventive detention, the trial
decision, the process, rights of the accused, the fairness of
tribunal, the jury, the guilty plea, the role of the judge, the
correctional enterprise, sentencing, capital punishment.

Readings:
Four books of current relevance and interest (cost in relation to a
textbook is less or the same).

Grading:
Points are a combination of 3 quizzes, 1 small writing assignment,
final exam, and class participation.

Class Meeting:  Two 70 minute lectures (1:25-2:15P, MW, M 015), plus
one 50 minute discussion section per week.

Instructor: Professor William DeLeon-Granados, Department of Criminal
Justice