Criminal Justice | Learning Resources | Section 1.2

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

Section 1.2:  Roles, Objectives, and Limits in Criminal Justice

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Learning Resources

Learning Objectives
1.2(a) Describe the role of each of the three branches of government in shaping the criminal justice system.
1.2(b) Discuss the critical role of the Constitution of the United States in limiting criminal justice policy.
1.2(c) Compare and contrast the common objectives of the criminal justice system.
1.2(d) Describe the basic positions of both sides of the “Nonsystem Argument.”
1.2(e) Explain the importance of rules and discretion in the operation of the criminal justice system.

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Key Terms

  • Adversarial (legal system)
  • Bench Trial
  • Bill of Rights
  • Civil Liberties
  • Corrections
  • Courts
  • Crime
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Defendant
  • Defense Attorney
  • Discretion
  • Due Process
  • Due Process Clause
  • Equality (in Justice)
  • Equity (in Justice)
  • Exclusionary Rule
  • Fifth Amendment
  • Finder of Fact
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Incarceration
  • Individual Rights
  • Jail
  • Judge
  • Jury
  • Just Deserts
  • Justice
  • Lex Talionis
  • Parole
  • Police
  • Prison
  • Probation
  • Procedural Justice
  • Prosecutor
  • Retributive Justice
  • Rule of Law
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff’s Deputies
  • Statute
  • Trial by Jury
  • United States Code 

Download a Printable Vocabulary Study Guide [PDF]:  Intro_Section_1.2

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Last Updated:  6/14/2018

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