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Spring 2019

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CRJ111 - Criminal Procedure Law

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Familiarizes students with the basic principles of criminal procedure law. Examines the total criminal process from accusation through final appeal. Identifies the court structure and its participants. Studies constitutional and New York procedural law, including warrants, searches, stops, interrogations, arrests, and suspect identifications. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or PLG114.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the origins of Criminal Procedure law and explain the importance that it plays in the criminal justice process.
2. Examine the United States Constitution, specifically the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments and analyze the limits each place on criminal procedure law. *
3. Identify the levels of proof within the Criminal Justice System, including mere suspicion, reasonable suspicion, probable cause and beyond a reasonable doubt and explain the role that they play within Criminal Procedure Law.
4. Define the Exclusionary Rule and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine and describe their impact on criminal procedure law.
5. Interpret court decisions by locating, reading and analyzing the various parts of the court case and preparing a case brief using a standardized case brief format.*
6. Explain the stages in the criminal justice process, including the pretrial process, the trial, the appeals process and the sentencing process and describe the obligations of the various players within that process.
7. Use computer based technology in the study of criminal justice, including using search engines, to locate specific criminal justice web sites and academic sources through library resources.
8. Demonstrate communication skills that are appropriate to the legal aspects of the criminal justice field by communicating information orally and in an effective manner during in-class discussions of case analysis problems and during mock court hearings and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.



Content Outline:
Week 1: Court Systems and Sources of Rights

Week 2: Overview of the Criminal Justice Process

Week 3: Levels of Proof and The Warrant

Week 4 The Exclusionary Rule

Week 5: Stop, Question and Frisks

Week 6: Arrests and Use of Force

Week 7: Searches and Seizures

Week 8: Special Stop and Search Situations

Week 9: Exceptions to the Warrant

Week 10: Pre-Trial Identifications

Week 11: Confessions and Admissions

Week 12: Pretrial Procedures

Week 13: The Trial

Week 14: Sentencing

Week 15: Ethics and Legal Liabilities of Public Officials

Week 16: Recent Issues in Criminal Procedure Law

Effective Term: Spring 2016