CRIM 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.
Pre-requisites: senior standing; must be taken prior to internship.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This course examines the relationship between the major subsystems of the criminal justice system, police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Each of these major components address issues of crime in society with the same constituents, but from a different perspective. Examination of issues that each component has in common and the manner in which they are differently addressed is the focus of this course. Criminal Justice students will gain an appreciation for the eclectic nature of the profession through in-depth analysis of current issues and designing a resolution mechanism. The characterization of a criminal justice system" is discussed from the " perspective of individual mission of each element of the system" to identify " the presence or absence of commonality - except for constituency. The distinctive division of labor between corrections, police administration and the courts are described in effort to identify the decision-making processes to further amplify their interdependence and interrelatedness. Through examination of dilemmas faced by the system students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the system from the macro perspective.