This demanding course, based on various sectors of the American justice system, will examine the intricacies of criminal justice. The course will concentrate on areas such as: measuring and explaining crime; criminal law; police and the rule of law; challenges to effective policing; the criminal trial; punishment and sentencing; probation and community corrections; prisons and jails; victims’ rights; and media sensationalism of crime. Class activities and assignments will include various individual tasks (i.e. - research papers, case studies, presentations), extensive readings, lecture and note-taking sessions, quizzes, exams, and possible excursions to criminal court proceedings, correctional facilities, etc. This course will provide students with a glimpse of America’s law-enforcement procedures, its court system, and its penal system, in addition to possibly opening doors to occupational opportunities.