Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice: Assignment 4

A little background: As you have learned, Criminal Justice is a system comprised of police, courts and corrections.  As such, decisions made by one person/group of people in one part of the system affects the others. It is important to understand the various components of the system to be able to analyze the impact that their interactions and inter- relatedness have on the administration of justice. The study of Criminal Justice involves cumulative learning and thought. At this point, you have learned about the different systems and now it is time to apply what you have learned!

Directions:  For this assignment you are to reflect upon the course material that you read. Please answer each of the following questions as thoroughly as possible and be sure to back up your answers with scholarly resources.

1. What are the main components of the Criminal Justice system?

2. How are these components interrelated?

3. How might these components conflict?

4. Based off of your answers in questions 1-3; describe the steps of the criminal justice process and the role that each component plays within each step.  Specifically describe the decision making points that influence the next step in the process. (hint: be sure to look at the chart of the steps of Criminal justice contained in the week 1 readings).

5. In your opinion, how does the interrelatedness and interactions between the components affect the administration of justice?

Format Requirements:

12 pt font, double spaced

Questions should be answered in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 format

APA citations in text and a reference list at the end of the document- when in doubt, CITE!

While there is not a firm page requirement, it is expected that to thoroughly answer these questions, your assignment will likely be a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 5