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Criminal Justice Notes: Weeks 1-3

by: Pamela Crockett

Criminal Justice Notes: Weeks 1-3 CJ 201

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Introduction to Criminal Justice
Wendelin Hume
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Date Created: 09/12/16
The Criminal Justice System/Process Criminal Justice = DYNAMIC  Refers to a just way of dealing with crime, criminals, victims.  Interdisciplinary: sociology, psychology, law, public policy, chemistry, administration…. etc. Broad View Organized crime (gangs/cults/violence) Murder (serial/mass murder) Intimate violence (date rape/spousal assault) Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA):  Gave $7.7 billion to states to handle crime (no longer exists)  Contributed to increased number of people working in criminal justice (sent people to college)  Helped to invent the CJ curriculum – Emphasis on research and education. Study of Criminal Justice Scientifically examine methods, procedures, policies, CJ agents, CJ agencies, the role and impact of crime… Two ways to study….. Abstact – Theoretical (us in class) Applied – Working agencies (only with experience) Governmental Structure (Federal, State, Local) Legislative – defines law and criminal behavior/establishes penalties and law affecting procedure. (Financial support and public forum) Judicial – Interpret the law/Impose sentences/Determine guilt or innocence Executive – Plan programs/Appoint and remove personnel/Administrative responsibility/Veto power Size and Expense of the CJ System:  55,000 different public agencies  $300 billion+ annual budget  2.4 million employees  K18,000 police agencies  17,000 courts  8,000 prosecutorial agencies  1,200 correctional institutions  3,500 probation and parole departments  13 million arrests per year  Correctional population of about 7 million Components of Criminal Justice Police: Maintain order; Enforce criminals/traffic; Law discretion Courts: Determine criminal responsibility; Seek truth vs. “bargain justice”; Sentencing Corrections: Incarceration; Community based programs (parole/probation); Hybrid programs (boot camps); Sanctioning force Criminal Justice Process: Focus on flow of cases, not agencies 15 steps listed in text  Flow is NOT smooth (steps are decision points – release or continue)  Much discretion/bargaining – “assembly line”  Out of 1,000 committed crimes: 5 juveniles, 20 adults are incarcerated (funnel model) Criminal Justice Wedding Cake: I. Celebrated cases II. Serious felonies III. Less serious felonies IV. Misdemeanors Agencies of Crime Control: 1. Police: Contact/Investigate/Arrest/Custody 2. Prosecution and Defense (court): Charging (compliant)/Jury/Arraignment/Bail/Plea 3. Court: Adjucation/Disposition/Post conviction remedy 4. Corrections To control or reduce crime…... Nature – type Extent – amount  New crimes  Policies  Programs Definitional Dilemma of CJ Industrial pollution…at what point is it a crime? (poison environment?) Endangering species Corporate profit motive Discriminatory practices Denying medical care Carjacking:  35,000 completed/attempted per year  9 in 10 completed were reported  6 in 10 attempted were reported  Victims injured in 24% of completed  77% weapon use  2/3 occur after dark  1% done by women alone  54% by groups of 2 or more Concept of Crime: Consensus – harmful to most/controlled+prohibited by law Interactionist – will of those with power at present time/controlled+prohibited by law Conflict – advance/protect upper class/controlled+prohibited by law How crime/victimization is measured: Survey data…representative sample/interview/questionnaire Aggregate Record Data…files/reports/official Other…observation, experiments, life history


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