What Is the Criminal Justice System? - Definition, Components & Problems


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Which of the following represents a component of the criminal justice system?

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1. True or False: Sentencing is the phase of a case where a criminal offender receives the penalty for committing a crime.

2. Which of the following represents one of the problems in the criminal justice system today?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check your understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system with these study resources. You will be quizzed on the specific components and various problems of the system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Parts of the criminal justice system system
  • Sentencing and corrections
  • Problems of the criminal justice system
  • The process a criminal goes through in the system

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply what you have learned about the problems and critiques of the criminal justice system and understand why it's constantly being adjusted
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key terms about the criminal justice system, such as charges and corrections officer
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the criminal justice system to answer questions about the specific components that comprise the system

Additional Learning

To learn more about the criminal justice system, review the lesson called What is the Criminal Justice System? - Definition, Components & Problems. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Examine the different parts that make up the criminal justice system
  • Understand the role of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections
  • Discuss the problems within the system, like overcrowding