Criminal Justice-COAS | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 0187 | Rome

The news media provide a steady flow of stories about crime and how
the justice system attempts to cope with it.  Many news reports
become "media events," as was the case during the 1990s with the
trials of O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh.  However, there is
uniqueness to the majority of criminal cases that achieve national
attention, and much of what is seen and read in the media fails to
reflect what is typical in the American System of justice.  Within
this context, the purpose of this course is to analyze the nature of
crime and the process of justice in the United States, to examine
the historical and constitutional foundations of the American system
of justice, and to consider its strengths as well as its weaknesses.

Criminal Justice refers to the structure, functions, and processes
of those agencies that deal with the management of crime -- the
police, the courts, and corrections.  the study of Criminal Justice
as an undergraduate academic enterprise is relatively new, having
emerged as an outgrowth of calls for "law and order" during the

The study of criminal justice follows a logical succession of
topics, -- definitions of crime and law, the nature and extent of
crime, the constitutional foundations of law and justice, and an
examination of policing, the court system, and correctional
processes.  In this course we will discuss a number of major
themes.  Such as the due process and crime control models of
criminal justice, the impact that drug abuse and the "war on drugs"
have on crime and criminal justice processing, the growing role of
women in criminal justice, cross-cultural and international
perspectives in the administration of justice, the significance of
victims in the processes of justice, the criminal justice "non-
system," and the importance of critical thinking aobut criminal
justice issues.

Text:  Joseph Shelby, Criminology, 2000, Wadsworth.

Class Meeting:  10:20-11:35, D, BH 340

Instructor:  Professor Dennis Rome, Criminal Justice department