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CJUS 1003  Intro to Criminal Justice

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course examines the three segments of the criminal justice system in the U.S. - law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Included is study of their evolution, philosophy, structure, responsibilities, agencies, and ethical obligations. Also examined are the role of the U.S. Constitution and of state and federal laws, the role of the criminal justice system in a democratic society and current issues facing those who work in the criminal justice field.

CJUS 2003  Introduction to Law

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course introduces students to civil and criminal law. It examines the historical development of laws in the United States, distinguishing between civil and criminal laws. It also examines the essential elements of substantive law, procedural law and civil processes, and how they interact, as well as the evolution of legal realism and legal interpretation. The roles of those involved with civil and criminal law to include types of courts, plaintiffs, defendants, police, prosecutors, judges and other court-related personnel are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the basic principles to manage complex situations during the administration of justice.

CJUS 4003  Corrections Process in the U.S

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the corrections process and examines state, local and federal correctional programs in the United States. Included is study of the evolution, philosophy, structure, responsibilities and types of correctional agencies as well as the roles and ethical obligations of those working in the corrections system. The impact of American Correctional Association Standards (ACA) on correctional agencies is examined. Attention also is paid to public policy as it relates to issues affecting the corrections process including incapacitation versus rehabilitation and offender versus victim rights.

CJUS 4103  Policing in a Free Society

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is an introduction to the responsibilities of police and police agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Police operations are examined relative to their effectiveness in crime control, delivery of services and maintenance of order with particular emphasis on patrol operations and preserving the freedom of citizens. Principles of management as they relate to organizational structures and activities of public and private police and corrections agencies in America are introduced. Also examined are the development of policy, personnel administration, inspection procedures, performance evaluations, and planning and research in police agencies.

CJUS 6003  Law & Criminal Evidence

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The course examines the origin, development, philosophy, and legal bases of evidence, including a brief survey of the system of constitutional and procedural rules and standards affecting evidence collection and admissibility. Specific topics include evidence collection and preservation, the trial process, expert and lay opinion, scientific evidence, and confessions and admissions. The course requires a research paper.