CJ-201 Criminal Law

An in-depth study of crime, law, and punishment with particular emphasis on the substantive provisions of criminal law that define the elements of various crimes and the parties to those crimes. There will be an overview of the criminal justice system focusing on the constitutional and statutory framework for the judicial branch of government. There will also be an evaluation of the public policy concerns and issues resulting from the tension between society’s legitimate interest in punishing certain conduct and the individual’s constitutionally protected rights of liberty.