Criminal Justice-coas | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 1368 | Head


This course focuses on the administration of criminal justice.  We will
explore the decision-making process whereby some citizens become
suspects, some suspects become defendants, some defendants are
convicted and in turn become probationers, inmates, and parolees.  This
will be accomplished by examining the operational practices at the major
criminal justice decision-making stages (i.e., police, courts and
corrections).  Contemporary problems and issues in criminal justice
administration will be highlighted and contrasted with the unique history
of American criminal justice.  This is a required course for all criminal
justice majors, and also fulfills distribution requirements for other schools
in the College of Arts & Sciences.
The course will be divided into four roughly equal parts.  Part One will
focus on some basic history and definitions of terms, as well as an
examination of the definition of crime.  Part Two will focus primarily on
the apprehension of persons suspected of committing crime, with a
heavy emphasis on the role of the police.  Part Three will examine the
workings of the courts and the actors (such as prosecutors, judges, and
defense attorneys) who work in the judicial system.  We will also
discuss sentencing
issues and the death penalty.  Part Four will explore the correctional
system by examining some punishment rationales, prisons and their
history, and community corrections.
Readings: Schmallager, Frank, "Criminal Justice Today", 4th
edition, Prentice Hall, 1997.
CJ Today, Student Study Guide, 4th edition, 1997.
Requirements:  There will be four examinations (and a few pop
quizzes) in this course, corresponding to the four
parts discussed.  Exams & quizzes will be                primarily objective in
nature (mostly multiple                choice with some true/false).  The exam
questions                will be taken from the textbook and from class
lectures. Quizzes will be administered at random                during this
course of the semester and may occur                during lecture or
discussion sections.
Class Meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute
discussion section each week(TR, 12:20 - 1:10P,                 WH 100)
Course Will Satisfy:     CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy:     Social/Historical Studies (Social
Inquiry distribution requirement)
Instructor:         Professor William Head, Criminal Justice
Department