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American Criminal Justice Systems - Chapter Summary
Our informative chapter contains lessons outlining the American criminal justice system, including its history and processes. If you're preparing for a test, or just want to see how well you understood the material, each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz for your assessment. To skip ahead to a specific section of a video lesson or go back and review a topic, use the video tabs feature found in the Timeline. A professional instructor is available to answer your questions if you need assistance. This chapter is designed to prepare you to:
- Explain how the U.S. criminal justice system was developed
- Describe the steps in the U.S. criminal justice process
- Discuss the due process and crime control models of criminology
1. The History & Development of the U.S. Criminal Justice System
This lesson describes the development of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Specifically, you will learn how each of the three areas of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) developed into the institutions they are today.
2. The U.S. Criminal Justice Process: Definition & Steps
In this lesson, you will learn about the process of American criminal justice. Several key features of each step in the process will be discussed including the stages of criminal case processing.
3. The Crime Control & Due Process Models of Criminology
Is one person as important as society as a whole? In the study of crime, that is a major debate. In this lesson, we'll examine the different sides of the debate, the crime control and due process models, and how they fit into the justice system.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course
- Intro to Criminology
- Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements
- Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research
- Crime Patterns & Trends
- Victimization in Criminal Justice
- Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology
- Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology
- Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice
- Developmental Theories of Crime
- Overview of Violent Crime
- Types of Murder
- Types of Sex Crimes
- Basics of Property Crime
- Economic & Public Order Crimes
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Political Crime & Terrorism
- Understanding Cyber Crime
- Law Enforcement in America
- Punishment & Corrections
- Studying for Criminal Justice 104