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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Crime: Definition & Types
Course SummaryGet caught up in class or learn something new about law enforcement with our informative and helpful Criminal Justice 102 course. Short video and text lessons present the important topics you need to know in order to get a great score on a test or have a working knowledge of the criminal justice system.
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Let our experienced criminal justice instructors provide you with a brief history of policing in the U.S. and introduce you to the roles of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. You'll also learn about court system structure, constitutional law and criminal trials, the sentencing process, and the functions of correctional institutions over the course of these entertaining video lessons and their matching quizzes.
|Overview & History of Crime||Survey the legal characteristics and types of crime before taking a look at crime trends in the U.S. View examples of crime management programs.|
|History of Law Enforcement||Explore characteristics of English colonial law enforcement. Examine factors influencing the development of modern police forces in the U.S.|
|Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.||Consider the roles of police departments in a democratic society. Compare the roles of federal, state, local, special district, and private law enforcement agencies.|
|Organizations and Processes in Police Operations||Examine the process of making arrests, ethics in law enforcement, relations with the community and technological advances in the field.|
|Roles in a Police Department||Take a closer look at different policing styles as well as police department organization and the police recruiting process. Assess the importance of police-community relations and examine legal issues in policing.|
|Issues in Policing||Study the evolution of women's and minorities' roles in the police force. Learn what steps can be taken to increase recruitment and examine some of the issues facing women and minority officers. Consider the impact of discrimination within the work force.|
|The Role of the Legal System in Law Enforcement||Discover how police practices are affected by state prosecutors. Consider the roles of defense attorneys and the judiciary in law enforcement.|
|The U.S. Court System||Review the structure and function of federal, state, and local court systems. Take a look at subject matter jurisdiction and learn how a court case's venue is determined.|
|Constitutional Law in the U.S.||Get an overview of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights before examining the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.|
|Criminal Law in the U.S.||Discover the nature of criminal law and learn the differences between public and private law, criminal and civil law, and substantive and procedural law.|
|The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System||Examine the constitutional requirements for a criminal trial along with its pretrial, trial, and post-trial stages. Survey the types of defense presented in criminal cases.|
|The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice||Consider the uses of traditional and alternative criminal sentencing. Compare and contrast structured, indeterminate, and intermediate sentencing options. Weigh arguments for and against capital punishment. Study sentencing trends in the U.S.|
|Corrections & Correctional Institutions||Get a brief history of corrections before examining the roles of prison, probation, and parole. Learn about prison subculture, prisoner demographics, prison riots, and prisoners' rights. Explore the differences between men's and women's prisons.|
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