Criminal Justice


INSTRUCTOR: E. Gollihue/Rm 215


TEXTBOOK: Criminal Justice in Action  4th Edition

Gaines, Larry K., Miller, Roger Leroy. Thomson- Wadsworth, 2007.


COURSE INTRODUCTION: Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides the philosophical and historical background of the agencies that compose the criminal justice system. It focuses on the development of justice and law, crime and punishment, the administration of laws, the agencies' functions, career orientation and public relations. By the end of the course each student should have a better understanding of the local, state, and federal criminal justice systems. The course should also educate the students on current real-life issues facing the United States in regards to terrorism and the future. This course is much more than just lecture. There will be many “hands-on” type activities, especially during the chapters on law enforcement and forensics. Students will also be expected to participate in a group project every nine weeks. Finally, this course should also help to improve the knowledge, critical thinking, and writing skills of each student.






  1. The Criminal Justice System:

      Chapters 1-4

  1. Criminal Justice today
  2. Causes of crime
  3. Defining and measuring crime
  4. Inside criminal law


  1. Police and Law Enforcement

Chapters 5-7

5.  Law Enforcement today

6.  Challenges to effective policing

7.  Police and the Constitution:

Rules of Law Enforcement


  1. Criminal Courts

Chapters 8-11

                 8. Courts and the quest for              justice

                 9.  Pretrial procedures: Adversary System in Action

                10. The Criminal trial

                11. Punishment and Sentencing


      4.   Corrections

            Chapters 12-14

  1. Probation and Corrections
  2. Prison and Jails
  3. Behind Bars: Inmate life


  1. Special Issues

Chapters 15-17

  1. Juvenile Justice System
  2. Ongoing war against drugs
  3. Terrorism, Cyber Crime, and the Future



* If you read the textbook and keep up with assignments you should not have any problems in this class. You will learn more than what is in your textbook. We will visit numerous law enforcement websites, study Kentucky Penal Code, Constitutional Law, demonstrate crime scene investigation skills, have several guest speakers, engage in classroom discussions, learn about traffic safety, substance abuse, and the History and operations of the Kentucky State Police. There will be threee scheduled field trips:

  • Kentucky State Police Crime Lab
  • Kentucky State Police Training Academy
  • Greenup County Courthouse / Detention Facility




Classroom Information and Supplies:

  1. Please obtain paper, pens and pencils for the class.
  2. Please help keep room clean.
  3. My class is a Red Zone so please do not have cell phone in plain sight during class.
  4. Please write your name, date and class period as directed on all assignments.


Student Responsibilities:

  1. Respect the teacher, yourself and others.
  2. DO NOT engage in conversations while the teacher or another student is speaking.
  3. Bring your textbook to class each day.
  4. Be on time every time for class.
  5. Attend class prepared to work.
  6. Be alert and participate in class.
  7. Everyone do your own work.
  8. Spend time during class and outside class studying material and be prepared for all quizzes, examinations, and other projects.
  9. Prepare your class notebook IAW instructions and bring to class each day.


Grading Policy

The district grading scale is applied to total points earned system. All grades are based on earned points. Units are weighted according to the activities involved. Various unit activities include: assignments in class, tests, quizzes, homework assignments, reports and other class projects.

Grade Scale:

100%-90% A      89%-80% B      79%-70% C      69%-60% D      59%-0% F


Make-Up Work

It is school policy that a student has three days to complete make-up work or make-up tests with an excused absence or a zero is recorded (refer to student handbook for more information on the attendance policy). Students are responsible for obtaining make-up assignments and setting a time for test make-up.


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