CJ 101: Survey of Criminal Justice

Fall Semester Syllabus 

Spring Semester Syllabus

Extra Credit Film Series Schedule - Fall Term

Extra Credit Film Series Schedule - Spring Term

Extra Credit Film Series Essay Questions

Link to the State of the Agency Lecture Series 


Course Lecture Powerpoints

Class Court Cases

"Justice, and the Justice Network"

"Liberty vs Order"

"Liberty vs. Order" (Spanish version)

"Operation Hummingbird (or Night of the Long Knives)," Wikipedia

Enhancing the Impact of Criminology on the Global Stage


Synanon, drawn from Ofshe

"Why are there so many Black People in Prison," by Harriot

The Soiling of Old Glory, photo by Stanley Forman

"2 Viruses Devastate the Black Community and Threaten America's Stability," by Torres and Schumaker

"The Model Minority Trap," by Nguyen

The Future of Legal, USA Today insert

"Crime Report Manipulation is Common Among New York Police, Study Finds," by Ruderman

"Driven by Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims of Violent Crime," by Balko

Uniform Crime Reports, U.S. Department of Justice

Crime Victimization Survey, U.S. Department of Justice

International Crime Victims Survey

"Homicide," Roser

"The Story of the First Mass Murderer in U.S. History," by Sauer

"The Serial-Killer Detector," by Wilkinson

"The Banana Trick and Other Forms of Self-Checkout Thievery," by Chun

"Trust and Confidence in Criminal Justice," by Sherman

Theories of Deviance

"Teenage Brains," by Dobbs

"Unmasking the Mad Bomber," by Cannell

"America's Real Criminal Element: Lead," by Drum

"Our Banana Republic," by Kristof

Anomie Cartoon, by Engelhardt

Fundamental Concepts of Law and Crime

"Most Prisoners are Mentally Ill," by Khazan

Foreign Terrorist Organizations, U.S. State Department

Active Hate Groups in the United States, Southern Poverty Law Center

Hate Crime Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice

Prostitution Laws of the World

Global Slavery Index

Mine Worker in the Congo

U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report

Human Trafficking Hotline

Human Trafficking Resource Center

"Sex Trafficking," by Baker

Human Trafficking in Cambodia

NGO's involved in confronting human trafficking:

    * Global Centurian Foundation (formerly Tiny Stars)
    * Nebraska Students Against Modern Slavery
    * Polaris
    * Remember Nhu
    * Somaly Mam Foundation

"The Secret War Crime," by Baker

"Gun Violence in America," by Stray

"Six Ways We Can Reduce Gun Violence in America," by Gregory and Wilson

"Repeal the Second Amendment," by Stevens

Faces of the dead, missing and injured in the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque massacre

Identity Theft, U.S. Department of Justice

"Counterfeit Drugs:  People are Dying Everyday," by Wall

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

"Cost Of Drug War Too High," by Ivins

"In the Heart of America's Heroin Epidemic," by McCoy

Methamphetamine Information:

    * Methamphetamine Time Line, Frontline

    * Spread of Meth, The Oregonian

    * The Meth Epidemic, Frontline

Drug Trafficking Fact Sheet, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

President's National Drug Control Strategy, Office of National Drug Control Policy

National Survey Results of Juvenile Drug Use, NIDA/University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

Alcohol-impaired driving statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation

"Experts say China's Low-Level Cyber War is Becoming a Serious Threat," by Defense, et al.

Cybercrime articles, by Sullivan

"Injustice, Texas Style," by Alter

Worse Than War, PBS film on Genocide

Why Fingerprinting is Flawed, Adam Ruins Everything

How to Beat a Lie Detector Test, Adam Ruins Everything

"A Brief History of Bail," by Stephen

"What's Behind America's White Juror Problem," by Ross

"Trump Wields Pardon Power as Political Weapon," by Olorunnipa and Dawsey

Capital Punishment Updates, U.S. Department of Justice

Death Penalty Facts, Amnesty International

Death Penalty Facts, ProCon.org

Death Penalty Information Center

Death Penalty Information Center 2020 Year-End Report

Photos of George Stinney being strapped into the electric chair, June 1944

"U.S. Death Row Study: 4% of Defendants Sentenced to Die are Innocent," by Pilkington

"Rate of False Convictions of Criminal Defendants who are Sentenced to Death," by Gross, et al

Methods of Execution in the United States

"The Death of the Death Penalty," by Von Drehle

"America's Largest Death Row has Run out of Room," by McSpadden

American Support for the Death Penalty - Gallop Poll

"Why More Americans Want to Kill the Death Penalty," by Schulzke

"The Death of the Death Penalty," by von Drehle

"Pope Francis calls for Abolishing the Death Penalty and Life Imprisonment," by Rocca

"America's Death Row has Run out of Room," by McSpadden

"20,000 Watched the Last Public Hanging 78 Years Ago," by Murrmann

Photo of Last Public Hanging in America (August 1936, Owensboro, Kentucky)

Wrongful Convictions article, by Grisham

The Prison Story of a Falsely Convicted:  Raymund Narag

Goveland Four, by Weisfeldt

"The Birth of the U.S. Police Force," by Waxman

Links to Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, U.S. Department of Justice

"What the Police can Learn from the Military about the Effectiveness of Soft Power," by Stavridis

U.S. Supreme Court Genealogy

International Courts/International Law

Twenty-Two Crimes Under the Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice

"Fifty Years in the ACA," by Hill

"The Crime of Punishment," New York Times Editorial

American Correctional Population, U.S. Department of Justice

"World Prison Population," by Walmsley

Which Prison's Right For You, U.S. Bureau of Prisons

"50 Years After Attica...," by Thompson

"What's Hidden Behind the Walls of America's Prisons," by Thompson

"Under Mr. Trump, Private Prisons Thrive Again," New York Times

"What A Prison Sentence Really Means," by Goodman

"Our Real Prison Problem," by Lithwick

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:  Prison

Extralegal prisons - Abu Ghraib, Wikipedia

Tuition vs. Prison cartoon, from the Wisconsin State Journal

Blended Sentencing, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

"The Dawn of a New Movement," by Cose   

Prisoner gives Guantanamo court first account of CIA abuse, by Fox

Bryan Stevenson remarks regarding prisons (ASC meetings 2021)

Link to Corrections Reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics

Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

"Letters from Prison: Perspective of a Juvenile Lifer"

"Juveniles Don't Deserve Life Sentences," by Garinger 

"The Government Problem," by Reich

Exam Preparation Quizzes:




Extra Credit Movies:

Scottsboro:  An American Tragedy  

Illicit:  The Dark Trade

Chasing Heroin  

The Meth Epidemic

Twelve Angry Men

Real Justice (skip to 1:37)

The Plea


The Supreme Court

The New Asylums

Prison State

Crips and Bloods

Prison Kids

Dirty Harry


Eskridge bio-sketch