Criminal Justice-coas | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 2502 | 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 &

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:	Cole, Smith, The American System of Criminal Justice,
Wadsworth, 8th edition.  Includes study guide.
Course Will Satisfy:	CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy:	Social/Historical Studies (Social Inquiry
distribution requirement)

Instructor:	Professor William Head, Criminal Justice Department