This course uses a lecture/discussion format to introduce students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system.
The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces that have shaped those principles and approaches.
Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the US justice system, particularly the structure and function of US police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, and sentencing and incarceration policies.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Scott Moller graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1995. Upon admission to the bar, he pursued a civil litigation practice for three years, then began his career as a prosecutor, representing the state of Wisconsin in criminal cases. He served as a prosecutor for the next 15 years, handling cases in a number of jurisdictions across the state. While working as a prosecutor, he offered educational seminars for police officers and taught at Nicolet College. He now serves as a full-time professor and chair of the Department of Administration of Justice at Monterey Peninsula College.