Online classes and activities will now continue through at least May 1. Details: Online Learning webpage
This course introduces students to the field of criminal justice and surveys its three component parts: law enforcement, criminal courts, and corrections. Students will become familiar with the structure and organization of the criminal justice system and look at today’s controversies and challenges. Students will examine the history of crime in America, the evolution of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level, how the court system works, and the role of jails/prisons. Special units focus on crime scene investigation/forensics, police use of force, the role of the jury in adjudication, and current issues (police brutality, stop and frisk, active shooter, etc.) Field trips may include visits to local law enforcement agencies, the county courthouse, and Santa Rita Jail. Emphasis is placed on the citizens’ rights and responsibilities in police encounters and the positive relations of police and community.