Ch 5: The Criminal Justice Field

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the different parts of the criminal justice field. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

The Criminal Justice Field - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In the United States, the criminal justice field is not a one-size-fits-all kind of system. And it certainly didn't develop overnight. Throughout its history, the system has evolved into a multi-part, multi-function process with several stages, many of which are designed to protect both the accused and the victim. As you make your way through the chapter, you'll also explore the relationship our criminal justice system shares with social justice. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • How the U.S. criminal justice system developed over time
  • What the major parts of the criminal justice system are
  • What stages criminal cases follow today
  • How services for victims' rights have developed over time
  • What role the victim plays during criminal proceedings

VideoObjective
The History and Development of the U.S. Criminal Justice SystemDescribe the historical roots of the U.S. criminal justice system and how it has evolved.
What is the Criminal Justice System? - Definition, Components and ProblemsProvide a working definition of the U.S. criminal justice system, including its parts and problems.
The U.S. Criminal Justice Process: Definition and StepsDefine the process of criminal justice in the U.S., including its major steps.
Criminal Justice and Social Justice: The Issues of Equity and FairnessIn terms of equity and fairness, discuss how criminal justice relates to social justice.
Victims' Rights and Criminal Justice: History and Victims' RolesDescribe the historical roots of victims' rights services, as well as the expanding role of this stakeholder group in contemporary criminal proceedings.
Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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