Feb 05, 2023  
Mercy College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Mercy College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BHSC 127 - The Criminal Justice System


Credit(s): 6 credits for students who began the program Prior to Spring 2019 / 3 credits for students who began the program in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019
In this seminar, students explore the history, structure and goals of the prison system in the United States. Special emphasis is given to the function and effectiveness of American prisons as “correctional institutions.” Students examine such topics as the socioeconomic status of the typical prisoner; “white collar crime”; success and failure of rehabilitation; recidivism; and the ability of ex-prisoners to adjust to life with their families and in their communities. Students look at the adult and juvenile court systems and focus on the adversary system, arrest, plea bargaining and sentencing by analyzing the roles of the various “actors” in the process. Placement, probation, parole and alternative dispositions will also be discussed. A Life Arts Project is required.  

Only open to students in the B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences program. 



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