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Course Description

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Criminal Justice - CJ 113

Introduction to Criminal Justice System

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

This course covers the overall system of criminal justice from crime detection to the release and revocation of prisoners. The student will examine the role of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, probation officers, defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges as they relate to the defendant. The student will analyze the components of the system (law enforcement, courts and corrections) with emphasis on their interrelationships and expectations.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze the structures found in criminal justice agencies (police, courts, and corrections).
  • Classify various crimes, criminals, and victims.
  • Explain criminal behavior in terms of various theories of criminality.
  • Differentiate the various constitutional limits on criminal law.
  • Outline the various missions, roles, and strategies of police in America.
  • Summarize the relationship between the police and the constitution in regard to arrests, searches and interrogations.
  • Explore courtroom procedures including trial, plea, and sentencing.
  • Evaluate community corrections and prison life.
  • Explore the constitutional and historic aspects of the juvenile justice system.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2022; CRIMINAL JUSTICE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 01/31/2022

 113112498Intro Crim Jus SysONL3Kirshner B0/31/1Closed$12.00 

Winter; 2022; CRIMINAL JUSTICE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/10/2022

 113317004Intro Crim Jus SysPSTC3Courie J19/31/0Open$12.00M  10:00 AM-12:54 PM FTC120
 113317053Intro Crim Jus SysPSTC3Courie J25/31/0Open$12.00W  05:00 PM-07:54 PM FTC120

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday