Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Criminal Justice Procedures


 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    111

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to the due process and adversary system of justice in State and Federal Systems. Covers the differences between the civil and criminal process, the courtroom work group, punishment, parole and probation, sentencing appeals and options, and juvenile procedures.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Social Sciences, Required for ATA degree, Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic development of the U.S. Constitution particularly as the constitution provides for a court system, a system of checks and balances, and its limited application to specific crimes.
  2. Show the developing �criminal law revolution� in the application of constitutional amendments, i.e. first, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth amendments to the states through application of the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment.
  3. Know and understand the procedures for the processing of a criminal case from investigation through arrest, trial, and appellate system in both Washington State and the federal system.
  4. Review the correctional facilities and procedures available with extensive class participation as to possible alternatives.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of when parole and probation fit into the adversary system of justice.
  6. Develop an understanding of the differences between adult and juvenile process when involved with the American court system.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Crime and justice in America.
  2. Criminal behavior, criminal justice, and the rule of law.
  3. Administration of criminal justice.
  4. Police and police operation.
  5. Prosecuting attorney.
  6. Defense attorney, pre-trial process, trial and post-trial process.
  7. Sentencing and corrections.
  8. Juvenile justice.