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An in-depth look at the juvenile justice system from its historical origins to current practices. Special emphasis is placed on juvenile justice terminology, landmark legal cases and procedures used with juveniles and their families.
An examination of domestic violence and its interaction with the criminal justice system. Areas of focus include causative factors, legal issues, substance abuse correlations, and victim advocate and behavior modification programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on in-depth chronic offender profiles. PREREQUISITE(S): None
This course looks at the behavior of people in the system and seeks to help students better understand their own values and behaviors. Coverage will include the behaviors of professionals in the courts, corrections, law enforcement, probation, and parole. An important segment of the course will deal with causes of criminal behavior especially as to the causes of child abuse, domestic violence, and rape. PREREQUISITE(S): None
This course is designed to explore various ethical dilemmas facing the criminal justice professional. The content will focus on applying various theories of moral decision making, including moral rationalism, utilitarianism, and Kant's categorical imperative to hypothetical situations confronting the criminal justice practitioner. PREREQUISITE(S): None
The course is designed to give an overview of legal principles, which provide a framework for the criminal justice system. An analysis of cases and statutes, pertinent to areas under consideration, is emphasized together with instruction in fundamental aspects of legal research. Areas covered include investigation, initial appearance, arraignment, preliminary examination, trial, guilty pleas or conviction, sentence, and release. PREREQUISITE(S): None
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of counseling theory and specific skills as they relate to criminal justice professionals. The focus will be on the use of these skills with offenders who have been referred to agencies as an alternative to incarceration. Emphasis will be placed on rapport development, listening skills, and communication skills. Consideration will be given to problem-solving strategies, decision making, and stress management. Some attention will be given to a review of vocational tests and interest inventories with emphasis on proper interpretation and use of results. PREREQUISITE(S): None
This course examines the impact of drugs and alcohol use/abuse on individual, society and the criminal justice system. The course will focus on various categories of abusable substances, their physical and psychological effects, and the continuum of treatment modalities used in combating chemical dependency. Since drug and alcohol use account for the single largest category of criminal arrests and convictions in the United States, specific focus will be on the criminal justice's responses to drug/alcohol related crimes: law enforcement, innovative treatment approaches and drug testing technologies.