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CJS 465 Criminal Justice Response to the Mentally Ill and Other Special Populations

This course focuses on criminal justice system responses to special populations. The types of special populations addressed includes the mentally ill, the physically ill and disabled, individual on the autism spectrum, juveniles, the elderly, females, LGBTQ+ individuals, and immigrants, among others. The course addresses both offenders and victims within each of these special populations and highlights the role of critical incident and other training for law enforcement and first responders.


Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 13, 2014 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Identify specific problems related to special needs offenders and victims.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to special needs offenders and victims.
  • Formulate improvements to the criminal justice responses to each of these special populations that would help ensure that all receive an equal and fair measure of justice, equity, service, and protection.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Evaluate and critique current law enforcement and criminal justice agency practices related to special needs offenders and victims.