Understand the goals of punishment.
Be familiar with the different forms of
the criminal sanction.
Explain how different factors affect the
Discuss the problem of unjust
o An offense
Discuss the explanations for the
dramatic increase in the
Explain what can be done to deal with
the prison population crisis.
Be familiar with the impact of prison
Discuss whether incarceration pays.
Discuss the explanations
Contrast the issues in the debate over
Understand the history of the death
penalty in America.
Discuss the legal issues that surround
the death penalty.
Characterize the inmates on death row.
Speculate about the future of capital
Understand the nature and extent of
youth crime today.
Know the history of the development of
juvenile corrections in the United States.
Understand the rationale for dealing
differently with juvenile offenders and
Know how serious juveni
Describe the history and development of
probation, including how it is organized
Describe the two functions of probation.
Discuss the purpose and content of the
presentence investigation report.
Describe the major issues involved in the
Define community justice and show
how it differs from criminal justice.
Identify the arguments in favor of
Describe the problems that community
Explore the future prospects of
Define community justice
Discuss the assumptions of the medical
model, regarding the nature of criminal
behavior and its correction.
Illustrate how the community model
reflected the social and political values
of the 1960s and 1970s.
Describe the forces and events that led
Understand how the criminal justice
system operates as a large selection
process to determine who ends up in
the corrections system.
Describe some of the main similarities
among and differences between the
general population and people who end
up under c
Explain how todays prisons are
linked to the past.
Discuss the goals of incarceration.
Be familiar with the organization of
Discuss the factors that influence the
classification of prisons.
Explain who is in prison.
Explain how todays pris
Describe the history of the jail and its
current function in the criminal justice
Describe who is in jails, and why they
Discuss the kinds of jails in the United
List the main issues facing jails today.
Outline the problem of b
Be familiar with the principles used to
organize the functioning of prisons.
Discuss the importance of prison
Discuss the different job assignments
that correctional officers are given.
Understand the negative
consequences of boundary violati
Explain why women prisoners are called
the forgotten offenders.
Be familiar with the history of the
incarceration of women.
Explain how interpersonal relationships
in womens prisons differ from those in
Be familiar with the special issues t
Discuss parole and explain how it
Be familiar with the origins and
evolution of parole in the United States.
Discuss the different mechanisms that
are used to release offenders from
Explain how releasing authori
Describe the rationale for
Describe the rationale for intermediate
Illustrate the continuum-of-sanctions
Explain some of the problems
associated with intermediate
List the various types of interm
Know the major characteristics of
the post-release function of the
Define community supervision and
revocation of community supervision.
Understand how community
supervision is structured.
Know the constraints on community
Understand the meaning of race and
Recognize how varying visions of race
and punishment influence our
thinking on this issue.
Describe the significance of race and
Understand the meaning of race and
o a biological
Criminal justice expectations/goals: doing justice (fairness, punishment, equality)
Doing justice (what is fair) is subjective
We spend over $185B on criminal and civil justice
Piece of the pie (police, corre