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Criminal Justice – JUS 101 (SNHU)

Criminal Justice – JUS 101 (SNHU)

Credits 1


  • Criminal Justice System
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and process of the criminal justice system by researching the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of the criminal justice system and analyzing how the branches operate as a cohesive system through their collaboration and communication practices.
  • Court Protections
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the court system by researching the roles and responsibilities of the courts and analyzing how the courts limit the power of law enforcement and protect the rights of citizens.
  • Corrections
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of the corrections system by examining our current corrections system, evaluating philosophies of corrections, and developing ideas to improve upon the existing systems.


High school sophomore



Estimated Completion Time

1 semester/ 16-18 weeks


The course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. Course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.

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Major Topics and Concepts

  • Criminal justice as a Process and not as a System
  • The Due Process Model
  • The Crime Control Model
  • Is the criminal justice system a system?
  • A Typology of Law
  • Sources of Civil and Criminal Law
  • Natural Law
  • Crime as a Legal Definition
  • Crime as a Social Definition
  • A Typology of Crime
  • Conventional Crime
  • White-collar and Corporate Crime
  • Political Crime
  • Organized Crime
  • The Measurement of Crime
  • Sources of Information Regarding Criminal Activity
  • Validity of the Measures of Crime
  • The Source of the Criminal Justice Process
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Due Process of Law
  • The Formal Criminal Justice Process
  • The Informal Criminal Justice Process
  • Policing in the United States
  • A Brief History of Policing
  • Structure of Policing in the United States
  • The Function of Police in a Modern Society
  • The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure
  • Searches
  • Seizure
  • The Exclusionary Rule
  • Circumstances of Arrest
  • Interrogation
  • The Process of Adjudication in the United States
  • The Structure of Courts in the United States
  • Participants in the Adjudication Process
  • Problems in the Judicial Process
  • Bail and Pretrial Release
  • The Grand Jury
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Entering a Plea
  • Motions
  • Jury Selection
  • The Trial
  • A Brief History of Incarceration in the United States
  • The Conditions of Confinement
  • Punishment
  • Sentencing Outcomes
  • Capital Punishment
  • Appellate Review
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Status Offender
  • Court Processes
  • Diversion
  • The Future of Criminal Justice in the United States

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