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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ADJ 203 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

This course provides the advanced Administration of Justice student a focus on the leading issues confronting the various elements of the justice system, to research and develop possible remedies to address these issues, and to assist the student in making intelligent career decisions. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Defend a position on the decriminalization of victimless crimes. Evaluate the merit of the several states individually defining crime and punishment. Justify uniformity in the standards, policies and procedures of our state justice systems. Detail the advantages and disadvantages of plea negotiation (bargaining). Evaluate the creation of a public service office entirely separate from the police force to provide social and human services. Summarize the major issues involved in police prosecutor and court discretionary powers. Depict the supervisory and enforcement functions of the probation/parole office. Analyze the current treatment of the youthful offender and suggest more viable alternatives.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: ADJ 241