Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

1.1 Identify the three main components of the criminal justice system

1.2 Determine whether cases reported in the media adequately reflect the bulk of cases processed through the justice system

1.3 Describe the relationship between the criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system

1.4 Explain how criminal justice is a social science

1.5 Describe the history of criminal justice as a field of study

1.6 Compare and contrast criminal justice and criminology

1.7 Explain the role that criminal justice has in your life

1.8 Describe the process of ethical decision making in the criminal justice system