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Ch 22: Crime & the US Criminal Justice System

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to refresh your knowledge of crime and the US criminal justice system. Review theories on crime, types of crime and related social justice issues. You may also learn something new about crime measurement and statistics.

Crime & the US Criminal Justice System - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons cover criminology theories, forms of crime and criminal sentencing. Instructors also delve into the history of crime measurement programs and examine social justice issues in the United States criminal justice system. Once you've finished studying all of the video lessons, you should be able to:

  • Describe the types and general categories of crime
  • Identify crime's legal characteristics
  • Explain how crime is measured
  • Recognize how certain demographics contribute to crime
  • Understand sociological theories of crime
  • List the types of contemporary criminal sentencing
  • Address fairness and equity issues in criminal justice

Our video lessons make learning about American crime and criminal justice a simplified, engaging process. Once you've watched a video, you can always use the timeline's jump feature to go back and review key points. Lessons include transcripts, which highlight major terms. After you've studied and feel prepared, take the multiple-choice lesson quizzes to check your understanding of the chapter's topics.

8 Lessons in Chapter 22: Crime & the US Criminal Justice System
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Crime: Definition & Types

1. Crime: Definition & Types

Watch this video to explore the different types of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors and violations. You'll also review various views on crime, as well as examine personal and property crimes.

General Categories of Crime

2. General Categories of Crime

Watch this video to explore the different categories of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors, offenses, treason, espionage, and inchoate offenses.

Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features

3. Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features

Learn about the legal characteristics of crime. Find out what constitutes the actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence of a crime. Examine other general features of crime.

Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature

4. Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature

Watch this lesson to learn about how crime is measured in the United States. Examine the two main sources of criminal statistics and discover what each source of information can reveal.

How Demographics Contribute to Crime

5. How Demographics Contribute to Crime

This lesson examines how demographics can tell us about crime. Review how social class relates to crime. In addition, examine how age, gender, and race are related to crime.

Sociological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

6. Sociological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

Why do crime rates vary from community to community? In this lesson, we'll take a look at sociological theories of criminology, including the social learning and social conflict theories and sociological programs to prevent crime.

Types & Goals of Contemporary Criminal Sentencing

7. Types & Goals of Contemporary Criminal Sentencing

Criminal law is designed to punish wrongdoers, but punishment takes different forms and has varying goals. This lesson explores the types and goals of contemporary criminal sentencing.

Criminal Justice & Social Justice: The Issues of Equity & Fairness

8. Criminal Justice & Social Justice: The Issues of Equity & Fairness

In this lesson, you will learn about the relationship between criminal justice and social justice. Additionally, this lesson applies the concepts of justice to wider notions of equity and fairness.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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