CRMJ/SOC 103 – Survey of the Criminal Justice System – Tentative Schedule




Part I – Introduction


Tuesday – 1/22

Introduction to class and syllabus


Thursday  – 1/24

Crime and justice as public policy issues
Defining crime; Types of crime
The crime problem today

Cole & Smith: Chapter 1


Tuesday – 1/29

Crime victimization
Causes of crime

Cole & Smith: Chapter 2
Autobiography Due

Thursday  – 1/31

The goals of the criminal justice system
Criminal justice in a federal system
Operations of criminal justice agencies
Decision making in the CJ system
Crime and justice in a multicultural society

Cole & Smith: Chapter 3


Tuesday – 2/5

Foundations of criminal law
Substantive and procedural criminal law
The Supreme Court today

Cole & Smith: Chapter 4

Thursday  – 2/7

Exam 1 – Part I


Part II – Police


Tuesday – 2/12

The development of police in the U.S.
Law enforcement agencies
Police functions; Organization of the police
Police policy; Police actions; Police and the community

Cole & Smith: Chapter 5

Thursday  – 2/14

Who are the police? The police subculture
Police response and action; Delivery of police services
Issues in patrolling

Cole & Smith: Chapter 6
Current Issues
Assignment Due


Tuesday – 2/19

Police abuse of power; Civic accountability
Policing and new technology; Homeland security
Security management and private policing

Cole & Smith: Chapter 7

Thursday  – 2/21

Legal limitations on police investigations
Plain view doctrine; Warrantless searches
Questioning suspects; The exclusionary rule

Cole & Smith: Chapter 8


Tuesday – 2/26

  Exam 2 – Part II
  Part III – Courts  

Thursday  –2/28

Federal law enforcement – WACO Discussion



Tuesday – 3/5

Federal law enforcement – WACO Discussion


Thursday  – 3/7

The structure of American courts
Effective management of the state courts
To be a judge
From arrest to trial or plea
Bail: pretrial release; Pretrial detention

Cole & Smith: Chapter 9


Tuesday – 3/12

The prosecutorial system
The defense attorney: image and reality

Cole & Smith: Chapter 10

Thursday  – 3/14

The courtroom: how it functions
Plea bargaining; Trial: the exceptional case; Appeals

Cole & Smith: Chapter 11


Tuesday – 3/19

Spring Break – No Class

Be safe and responsible

Thursday  – 3/21

Spring Break – No Class

Be safe and responsible


Tuesday – 3/26

The goals of punishment
Forms of the criminal sanction
The sentencing process

Cole & Smith: Chapter 12

Thursday  – 3/28

Video: Murder on a Sunday Morning

Current Issues
Assignment Due


Tuesday – 4/2

Video: Murder on a Sunday Morning


Thursday  – 4/4

Exam 3 – Part III


Part IV – Corrections


Tuesday – 4/9

Development of corrections
Organization of corrections in the U.S.
Jails: detention and short-term incarceration
The law of corrections; Correctional policy trends

Cole & Smith: Chapter 13

Thursday  – 4/11

Community corrections: assumptions
Probation: correction without incarceration
Intermediate sanctions in the community
The future of community corrections

Cole & Smith: Chapter 14


Tuesday – 4/16

The modern prison: legacy of the past
Goals of incarceration; Prison organization
Governing a society of captives
Correctional officers
Who is in prison? The convict world
Women in prison; Prison programs
Violence in prison; Prisoners’ rights

Cole & Smith: Chapter 15

Thursday  – 4/18

Institutional corrections – The Farm



Tuesday – 4/23

Prisoner reentry; Release and supervision
Release mechanisms
Parole supervision in the community
Future of prisoner reentry
Civil disabilities of ex-felons; Pardon

Cole & Smith: Chapter 16

Thursday  – 4/25

Exam 4 – Part IV

Part V – The Juvenile Justice System

Tuesday –4/30

Youth crime in the United States
The development of juvenile justice
The juvenile justice system
Problems and perspectives

Cole & Smith: Chapter 17

Thursday  – 5/2

The Juvenile Justice Process


Tuesday – 5/7

The Juvenile Justice Process


Thursday  – 5/9

Evaluations; Review for final



Final Exam

Thursday, 5/16, 1:00-2:50