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2024-2025 College Catalog 
2024-2025 College Catalog

AJS 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice Systems [SUN# AJS 1101]

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
History and philosophy of administration of justice in America. Includes identifying the various subsystems, role expectations, and their interrelationships, theories of crime, punishment and rehabilitation, ethics, education and training for professionalism in the system, and career opportunities related to local criminal justice agencies.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain components of the American criminal justice system to include law enforcement, courts, corrections, intelligence, social services, criminology and policy.
  2. Explore career opportunities in the criminal justice system.
  3. Identify elements of crimes
  4. Write reports, case briefs, policy papers and/or problem-solving papers; demonstrating mastery of English grammar, spelling, syntax and composition. Competency 1.1
  5. Confidently and professionally present yourself for oral boards. Competency 1.3
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of victims’ rights, case flow through the criminal justice system, and due process. Competency 2.2.

  1. Criminal Justice: Introduction and Overview
    1. Criminal justice: the origins of a young discipline
    2. Thinking critically about criminal justice
  2. The Need for an Administration of Justice System
    1. Roles and objectives within the administration of justice system
    2. Explanation of crime
    3. Scope of crime problem
  3. Evolution of the Administration of Justice System
    1. Development of law enforcement
    2. Development of judicial system in the united states
    3. Development of the correctional system
    4. Models of the criminal justice system
  4. Crime and Criminals
    1. Types of crime
    2. Explaining criminal behavior
  5. Overview of the Organization and Operation of Justice Agencies
    1. Law enforcement
      1. Police systems in the United States
      2. The federal system
      3. State and local systems
    2. Court systems
      1. Entry into the system
      2. Prosecution and pre-trial services
      3. Adjudication and sentencing
      4. Diversion
    3. Correctional systems
      1. Major developments in American corrections
      2. Institutional corrections
      3. The correctional enterprise
      4. Privatization
      5. Alternatives: community corrections
        1. Probation
        2. Parole
        3. Intermediate sanctions
        4. Pardons and monetary sanctions
  6. Educational and Training
    1. College programs
    2. Professional organizations
    3. Professionalism – employment
    4. Ethical standards in criminal justice
  7. Challenges for the Twenty-first Century
    1. Justice for juveniles, victims and the global community
    2. The challenges of victimology: toward restorative justice
    3. The challenges of globalization

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2017/18