Criminal Justice 131

Criminal Justice 131 - -sometimes less is more, tougher...

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Lecture 1 15:53 Criminal Justice integrates: Law Sociology History Psychology Political Science Economics Journalism Literature Four Key Themes 1. Individual Rights vs. Public Safety 2. Public Expectations vs. How System Operates 3. Role of Actors, their discretion, effects of this discretion 4. Factual Guilt “vs.” Legal Guilt whether or not someone actually committed the crime vs. whether or not someone is  found guilty example of legal guilt: someone being wrongly convicted Individual Rights vs. Public Safety -shift of conflict from the individual to the state  Farther functions of criminal justice: -control of dangerous behavior -set out and enforce a moral code -order and discipline
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Unformatted text preview: -sometimes less is more, tougher interventions can cause more harm than good-Drug treatment-3 to 5 in every 100 cases will go to trial Role of Actors, their discretion, effects of this discretion Discretion: refers to the authority of an actor in the criminal justice system to make decisions based on ones own judgment rather than on specified rules-Discretion lies in the hands of police, prosecution, judge, jury?, parole boards-Jury is voice of the community-Parole boards decide if they let somebody out or not Gatekeeping function: limiting the number of cases that reach the system 15:53 15:53...
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 131 taught by Professor Grunewald during the Spring '12 term at Wisconsin.

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