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Below is a sample breakdown of the Criminal Justice Field chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||History and development of the U.S. criminal justice system||Development of the police, courts and corrections|
|Tuesday||The U.S. criminal justice process||Investigation, arrest, Miranda rights, booking, bail, plea, plea bargain, jury selection, opening statements, closing arguments, verdict, sentencing, appeals|
|Wednesday||Social justice||Equal opportunity, same opportunities, privileges and protections, equity and fairness|
|Thursday||Criminal justice's connection with social justice||Social justice as a subset of criminal justice, violations, criminal law|
|Friday||Victims' rights and roles||Background, rights, increasing function in proceedings today|
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. 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.
4. Victims' Rights & Criminal Justice: History & Victims' Roles
Defendants have certain rights, like the right to an attorney and a speedy trial, but so do victims. In this lesson, we'll examine the history of victims' rights and services, including how victims play a role in the judicial system today.
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