Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to
1. Identify and describe important concepts and terms in the criminal justice system.
2. Analyze the contextual nature of criminal behavior, as politically defined and
relative to time and place.
3. Identify and describe the intended functions of punishment and imprisonment in
the United States.
4. Describe and explain the differences and tension between social work and
criminal justice perspectives concerning criminal behavior.
5. List and explain areas to advocate for change and reform in the criminal justice
6. Describe and analyze how specific population groups are advantaged and
disadvantaged in the criminal justice system.
7. Describe the importance of empowerment of victims and criminals in advocating
for fair and just legal processes and systems.