2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
    Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

CJFS 3740 - Courts and Sentencing


Goals: To introduce students to the history and current practices of the American criminal court system through the exploration of empirical research and theoretical frameworks.

Content: This course examines the role that the criminal court plays in society. It explores courtroom decision making from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on research and theory from criminological, sociological, and organizational perspectives. Specific topics include empirical research and theory on bail and pre-trial procedures, the roles and decisions of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and juries, plea bargaining practices, sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimums and truth-in-sentencing reforms.

Taught: Annually, spring

Prerequisite: CJFS 1120 or LGST 1110, or instructor permission

Credits: 4