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Select  Print  from the  File  menu to print the lecture notes for this lesson. Lesson: Criminal Law Page Title: Lesson Introduction Page Number: 1 How would you fill in the blank in the following question? You might use three words to describe the development of criminal law:  episodic uneven , and  political . This lesson explains how criminal law has developed over time and the various sources and  types of law. Page Title: Menu Page Page Number: 2 This lesson presents the following topics: Introduction to Criminal Law Sources of Law Types of Law Classifying Crimes Elements of a Crime Defenses to Criminal Charges Page Title: Introduction to Criminal Law  Page Number: 3 Criminal law is the system that decides which behaviors will be punished and also how the  government can punish the criminal. It is the system that supports the values we as Americans  hold close; it keeps a felon behind bars and allows a shoplifting teenager to have a second 
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chance. Social control is a continuum, from folkways to mores to norms to laws; from rules of table  etiquette (the violation of which might earn a stern look) to the right to life and liberty (the violation  of which can earn imprisonment or the death penalty). Laws govern many aspects of our daily lives. We are all expected to know what the law says and  to follow it. But, do we really know what  law  [A rule of conduct, generally found enacted in the  form of a statute, that proscribes or mandates certain forms of behavior. Statutory law is often the  result of moral enterprise by interest groups that, through the exercise of political power, are  successful in seeing their valued perspectives enacted into law] is? Page Title: The Purpose of Law Page Number: 4 All societies need laws to protect citizens from victimization and to uphold fairness. Laws regulate  relationships between people and parties. Laws also maintain values, uphold social norms, and  support a system for the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders.  Page Title: The Purpose of Law (Cont’d) Page Number: 5 What do  laws  do? Laws maintain order in society. Laws regulate human interaction. Laws enforce moral beliefs. Laws define the economic environment. Laws enhance predictability. Laws support the powerful. Laws promote orderly social change. Laws sustain individual rights.
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