Choose Your Path
You are a probation officer who works in a busy office with cases that often end with further institutionalization. As you walk by a colleague's office, you recognize Joseph Jimenez, an older juvenile delinquent on probation. You know Joe has been classified by psychologists as a sociopath, lacking conscience and unable to learn from past mistakes. Joe's probation officer is ex-law enforcement with very strict rules for his probationers who, for the most part, do not violate while under his jurisdiction.
You hear Joe admit his latest transgression, for which he has been reported. Then you hear his officer speak. "You've made another mess, Jimenez. Two choices here...the first is the detention center. That'll create a lot of paperwork and I'm not sure it'll help you anyway."
"Yeah, I figured…" Joe starts before the officer interrupts.
"Your second choice is owning up and getting on with it. But you have to pay first." You see the officer reach into a drawer and bring out a piece of belt leather, then hear him say, "Make your choice. Be a man and own your mistakes...or head to detention."
Joe stands up and looks around confusedly.
Your precinct has been busy all day with call after call. Just as you and your partner are about to get a brief respite for dinner, you get yet another call, this time for a triggered silent house alarm in a nicer part of town.
You and your partner approach the house together, knock, and get no response...until a little old lady comes around from the backyard, asking how she can help you. You ask if this is her home, and when she replies that it is, you explain that you are responding to a triggered silent alarm.
"Oh, wonderful, it works!" she exclaims, "I was testing it for my neighbor and we thought maybe it was broken when we didn't hear anything. Now I'm satisfied."
While on patrol you receive a call about a disruptive barking dog. You go to the address and note that everything appears very quiet. The gentleman who answers the door apologizes profusely for the disruption, assures you all is well, and that the dog won't be a problem again.
You look past him and notice a woman and three children sitting awkwardly on the sofa in silence. Everyone looks nervous. You further notice that the man who has answered the door is inappropriately dressed for the weather, the socio-economic climate of the neighborhood, and in the context of the family sitting behind him.
A glint of metal catches your eye from the dining room and the family on the sofa stiffens. The man at the door becomes anxious, thanks you profusely, and steps back to begin closing the door.
Thank you for piloting the online MS in Criminal Justice curriculum from Saint Joseph's University. We hope this has given you and idea of the experience you will get as a student in our program.
CRJ 616 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency: Issues and Responses (3 credits)
This course provides a contemporary overview of theoretical and programmatic issues and concerns in juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system, including a review of recent research. The course also focuses on a critical review of the trends in problem solving and delivery of services to this population.
CRJ 565 Ethics and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course will address ethical issues in the criminal justice system at both the theoretical and applied levels. Typical theoretical issues addressed might include the following: the relationship between law and morality; theories of punishment; conditions for the moral and/or legal responsibility of individuals; notions of procedural justice. Typical applied ethics issues might include the following: search and seizure rules; the insanity defense and the “guilty but mentally ill” verdict; plea bargaining; capital punishment; mandatory sentencing; civil disobedience; limits on the use of deadly force.
CRJ 560 Criminological Theory (3 credits)
A systemic and critical analysis of the major theories of criminality, including an examination of both traditional and contemporary theories. Consideration will be given to conceptualizations of crime, the relationship of criminological theories to crime on the streets, and specific aspects of criminal behavior.
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