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CJS 358 Community Building for Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system with an emphasis on the roles and duties of police, courts, and corrections. Students examine current and future issues of the system such as due process, administration of justice, ethics, community policing, technology, and rehabilitation efforts. The course illustrates the criminal justice process from the initial violation of the criminal law, to the punishment and release of convicted persons, including juveniles.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Critically analyze the roles of those in the criminal justice system and examine how community partnerships relate to the field.
  • Examine and analyze literature and research related to community building in the field of criminal justice.
  • Examine, evaluate and apply theories related to community organization and activism.
  • Identify and describe how crime, race, gender, socio-economic status, disabilities, population trends, racial and ethnic status, sexual orientation, and religion shape community building and the dynamics of community organizations for the criminal justice system.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.