CONTEMPORARY LAW AND JUSTICE
Contemporary Law and Justice is a practical study in the legal, judicial, law enforcement, and correctional systems of the United States. Students focus on legal principles and the laws and procedures derived from them. They examine relevant examples of civil and criminal laws, law-enforcement methods, court procedures, and corrective justice. In the Law and Justice course, students examine problems within the legal and justice systems.
Contemporary Law and Justice should allow students to personally acquire information through direct observation of local courts and law enforcement practices, interviews with local and state officials and visits to correctional facilities on a non-threatening basis. Other key areas of importance for students are civic participation and the utilization of state and local resources.
Strands: Legal Issues, Law Enforcement, Judicial and Correctional Systems, Societal Issues, Cooperative Participation Skills
|Competency Goal 1||The learner will analyze the sources, purposes, and functions of law, the changes that have occurred in law, and the need for active and ongoing change.|
1.01 Describe the purposes and functions of law.
1.02 Investigate the sources and development of law.
1.03 Analyze the need for active and ongoing changes in the law.
|Competency Goal 2||The learner will describe the civil and criminal justice systems, analyze their operations, and assess their effectiveness.|
2.01 Distinguish similarities and differences in the civil and criminal justice systems.
2.02 Compare the operations and processes of the civil and criminal justice systems.
2.03 Examine the issues and problems confronting the civil and criminal justice systems.
2.04 Assess the effectiveness of the state and federal judicial systems in resolving issues and problems.
|Competency Goal 3||The learner will differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of federal and state judicial systems and assess their effectiveness.|
3.01 Describe the roles and responsibilities of federal and state judicial systems.
3.02 Compare and contrast the federal and state court systems.
3.03 Assess the movement of cases through the state and federal court systems.
|Competency Goal 4||The learner will compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.|
4.01 Distinguish between similarities and differences among various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
4.02 Differentiate between the responsibilities and jurisdiction of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
4.03 Assess the working relationships between law enforcement agencies at different levels.
|Competency Goal 5||The learner will identify correctional theories and evaluate their effectiveness in federal and state correctional systems.|
5.01 Identify various correctional theories used in determining civil and criminal penalties.
5.02 Evaluate the effectiveness of correctional programs in federal and state correctional systems.
5.03 Identify sentencing options available in the federal and state judicial systems.
5.04 Identify and evaluate alternatives to incarceration.
5.05 Evaluate the effectiveness of the correctional systems in deterring crime.