BCJ 563 Criminal Justice Policy

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BCJ 563 Criminal Justice Policy

3 Semester Units

Criminal Justice Policy addresses crime control and/or prevention and the policies that arise from the need to address crime and deliver justice. The course examines each of the various actors in the public policy process at the federal, state and local level. By the end of the course, students will be able to comprehend the justification, logic, and evidence for specific crime policies, as well as analyze the factors that influence policymaking.

Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the relationship between criminal justice and public policy.
  • Examine the various steps by which a crime issue becomes a criminal justice policy.
  • Assess strategies used by the police, the courts and the correctional system in various crime control efforts.
  • Compare the effectiveness of various crime control policies.


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