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Introduction to Criminal Justice 

Instructor: Thaddeus D. Hicks  Intro to Criminal Justice is an exploration of the historical development, current  operation, and future trends of criminal justice.  Emphasis will be placed on  contemporary problems in the definition of law, the enforcement of law, strategies of  policing, judicial systems, sentencing strategies, correctional practices, and emerging  forms of justice.  While the focus of the content will be practices in the United States, we  will also look at other cultures and their systems of justice. 


written work does not appear to be your own, you will be questioned informally about the  issue. The general rule to follow is this: if a thought is not your original thought or a  product of your analysis, then the original author should be cited.  Assignments:  Week Of  Topical Area and Assignment  January  Introduction to Class  January  10  Presentation of Initial Essays 

January  15  What Is Justice  Chapter 1 

January  17  The Crime Picture  Chapter 2 

January  22  The Search For Causes  Chapter 3 

January  24  Criminal Law  Chapter 4 

January  29  Paper on Police Identity 

January  31  Police: History & Structure  Chapter 5  February  Police: Organization and 


Chapter 6 

February  Policing: Legal Aspects  Chapter 7 

February  12  Police: Issues & Challenges  Chapter 8  February  14  Guest Speaker: 

February  19  Courts: Structure and Participants  Chapter 9  February  21  Pretrial Activities and the Criminal 


Chapter 10 

February  26  Sentencing  Chapter 11 

February  28  Guest Speaker:  r 

March  11  Probation, Parole & Community  Corrections 


March  13  ACJS  No Class 

March  18  ACJS  No Class 

March  20  Prisons and Jails  Chapters 13 

March  25  Prison Life  Chapter 14 

March  27  Prison Design Individual  Presentations 

April  Prison Design Individual  Presentation 

April  Juvenile Justice  Chapter 15 

April  Drugs and Crime  Chapter 16 

April  10  Terrorism and International  Criminal Justice 

Chapter 17 


Federal Bureau of Prisons athttp://www.bop.gov/ 


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