Criminal Justice-coas | Courts and Criminal Justice
P302 | 1413 | Luskin


"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 large.
Readings: Baum, Lawrence.  "American Courts:  Process and
Policy"           3rd edition.  Boston:Houghton Mifflin, 1994

Flemming, Roy B., Peter F. Nardulli, and James
Eisenstein. "The Craft of Justice, Politics and Work in           Criminal Court
Communities"  Philadelphia, University           of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
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 009).

Instructor:    Professor Mary Lee Luskin, Criminal Justice
Department