College of Criminal Justice and Security
Contemporary Issues and
Futures in Criminal Justice
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This course examines both the principle issues in contemporary criminal justice as well as the extrapolation of such issues toward possible futures within the criminal justice field. Students will focus upon relevant research in policing, courts, and corrections that reflect key elements of current conditions and what may be expected in the years to come. Students will apply critical review and engage in in-depth discussion of these concepts as a basis for comprehensive understanding at local, state, national, and global levels of criminal justice administration.
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Muraskin, R., & Roberts. A.R. (2009). Visions for change: Crime and justice in the twenty-first century (5th
ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Robinson, M. B. (2009). Justice blind? Ideals and realities of American criminal justice (3rd ed.). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Victor, J. L. & Naughton, J. (2010). Annual editions: Criminal justice. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Walker, S., & Katz, C.M. (2008). The police in America: An introduction (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-
Waller, B. N. (2009). You decide! Current debates in criminal justice. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Week One: Criminal Justice System Assessment
Evaluate past, present, and future trends in the interface between components of the criminal justice system and criminal justice connections with surrounding society. 1.2
Assess the value of the criminal justice system in a changing society. 1.3
Examine contemporary issues currently facing the Criminal Justice System. 1.4
Identify recent and future trends and issues affecting the criminal justice system.
Read Ch. 1 of Visions for Change.
Read Article 14 of Annual Editions: Criminal Justice.
Read Ch. 13 of Justice Blind?
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participate in class discussion by posting a minimum of two substantive responses on four separate days during the online week.
1 Discussion Questions
Respond to the two weekly discussion questions (DQ1 & DQ2).
Introduce yourself to the class with a summary of your background.
Submit the bio to the Chat Room forum and comment on other student’s bios in an effort to get to know everyone better.
Tuesday by 11:59 PM MST
Criminal Justice Trends Evaluation
Write a 1,400-1,750-word paper in which you evaluate past, present, and future trends in the interface between components of the criminal justice system and criminal justice connections with surrounding society. In your assessment, be sure to evaluate and identify and assess the following:
Recent and future trends and contemporary issues affecting the criminal justice system •
Value of the criminal justice system in a changing society
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Monday by 11:59 PM MST
Week Two: Past, Present, and...
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