Overview

This two week program will provide participants with an introduction to the study of crime, deviance, and the criminal justice system and issues related to social justice.

program will familiarize participants with the fundamental theories underlying (1) criminal behavior, (2) societal and governmental responses to those behaviors, and (3) a criminal justice system that regulates adjudication, deterrence, reformation, and punishment of those accused, and adjudicated responsible, of criminal behavior.  We will explore the most prevalent factors that drive crime in an effort to identify possible solutions.  We will also examine the societal and governmental responses to criminal behavior. From the moment an allegation that a crime has been committed, it triggers a variety of responses from various sources – including social services and government agencies.  In addition to identifying the potential, responsive actions taken by these services and agencies, we will specifically address the role these services and agencies play in the diversion, intervention, treatment, reformation, incarceration, and supervision of those accused or adjudicated of criminal behavior and whether such responses are effective.  In learning about the most common reaction, entry into the criminal justice system, the course will provide an understanding of the adjudicative process and will think about whether this system is the most effective response.  In addition to classroom interaction, guest lecturers and site visits will be utilized to show how theories are utilized in the “real world.”  Through interactive exercises, students will consider how to apply the concepts learned to actual cases.  

 

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