2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CJ 252 - Criminal Courts: Achieving Justice

This course will examine criminal courts and their role in achieving justice. It will explore the function and structure of both criminal courts and specialized courts in the United States including juvenile delinquency courts, drug courts, domestic violence courts, community courts, mental health courts, veteran’s courts, and reentry courts. The role and performance of key personnel within criminal and specialized courts will be explained and critiqued. In addition, the constitutional and statutory rights of both defendants and victims of crime will be described and evaluated throughout the stages of the criminal/specialized court trial process from pre-trial to plea bargaining to trial, sentencing, appeals and postconviction remedies. Finally, the course will explain some of the 21 st century challenges faced by the criminal court system including but not limited to: due process protections in the age of new forms of communications and technology; wrongful convictions; and implementation of alternatives to traditional adjudication including various forms of diversion strategies.   


CJ 158  
Fall 3 credits