Lecture 6 - Criminal Justice

Lecture 6 - Criminal Justice - crime…we don’t know...

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Criminal Justice Criminal Justice Versus Criminology The study of CJ began in the U.S. in the 1920s The purpose of education…at this time…was increased professionalism through better training
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Criminal Justice Early CJ education was practice oriented…causing it to not be considered a valid academic discipline. There are still people today who do not understand what we do…and what students study.
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Criminology …has always been seen as an academic discipline. …the interdisciplinary study of the causes of crime, criminal motivation, crime prevention, and criminal sentencing. …draws upon sociology, psychology, biology, economics, political science…
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C.J. versus Criminology To understand one…the other must be known. Beliefs tend to precede responses to
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Unformatted text preview: crime…we don’t know causality…we believe something to be true and “mostly” accurate. Consequences? What are the consequences for not knowing the causes or what works???? Mistakes…use of responses that reflect our beliefs and not necessarily what may work…beliefs almost become “theologies.” Theologies? What is meant by crime theories and CJ responses becoming like theologies? We don’t necessarily need proof… we have faith Waxing and Waning Theories and CJ practices are popular at one time and lessen in influence at other times… Why? The relationship between CJ & Criminology and other social trends/ events cannot be examined too closely… Other areas to explore…...
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2008 for the course CJC 101 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '07 term at Ball State.

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Lecture 6 - Criminal Justice - crime…we don’t know...

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