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CJ 100 v1, Introduction to Criminal Justice

 

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson


Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Dr. Jeffery Johnson has taught with UM-IS since 2012 and has been a member of the UM faculty since 2005. He is a certified as an Expert Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center and is a former police officer with the Kansas Highway Patrol- Capitol Police.

Dr. Johnson coordinates the criminal justice offerings at the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Dr. Johnson received both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Johnson received a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Professional Studies from Delta State University.

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Course Description

This 14-lesson Independent Study course is an examination of the philosophical and historical background, agencies, and processes of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Methods of Presentation: Lectures, reading assignments, video clips, written student response questions, and journals.

Textbook Information:

PSY 394TEXTBOOK

CJ3

Larry K. Gaines and Roger LeRoy Miller, Wadsworth Cengage Learning

ISBN-9781285460482

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Course Objectives:

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify, define, describe, or discuss fundamental and current issues related to the following:

    1. Criminal justice today
    2. The Crime Picture: Theories and Trends
    3. Inside Criminal Law
    4. Law Enforcement Today
    5. Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing
    6. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement
    7. Courts and the Quest for Justice
    8. Pretrial Procedure and the Criminal Trial
    9. Punishment and Sentencing
    10. Probation, Parole, Intermediate Sanctions
    11. Prisons and Jails

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons).

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

To Be Submitted

1

Chapter 1: Criminal Justice Today

Lesson quiz, assignment
2

Chapter 2. The Crime Picture: Theories and Trends

Lesson quiz, assignment
3

Chapter 3. Inside Criminal Law

Lesson quiz, assignment
4

Chapter 4. Law Enforcement Today

Lesson quiz, assignment
5
Chapter 5. Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing
Lesson quiz

Course exam #1  

Chapters 1-5

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

6

Chapter 6. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement

Lesson quiz, assignment
7

Chapter 7. Courts and the Quest for Justice

Lesson quiz, assignment
8
Chapter 8. Pre-trial Procedures and the Criminal Trial
Lesson quiz, assignment
9

Chapter 9. Punishment and Sentencing

Lesson quiz, assignment
10
Chapter 10. Probation, Parole, and Intermediate Sanctions
Lesson quiz

Course exam #2

Chapters 6-10

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

11

Chapter 11. Prisons and Jails

Lesson quiz
12
Chapter 12. Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate
Lesson quiz, assignment
13
Chapter 13. The Juvenile Justice System
Lesson quiz, assignment
14
Chapter 14. Today's Challenges in Criminal Justice
Lesson quiz, assignment

FINAL EXAM

Comprehensive:

For each chapter review power-point presentations, quizzes, and assigned homework.  In addition work the Quick Study (QS) problems for each chapter.

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit

Grading:

GRADING SCALE

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

THE PLUS/MINUS GRADING SCALE WILL NOT BE UTILIZED IN THIS COURSE.

GRADING INFORMATION:

Quizzes, 10 pts each 140
Lesson assignments, 10 points (introduction 5 pts) 115
Examination 1 100
Examination 2 100
Final 100
total points 555

 

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