Course Description

LAWS 7315
Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
General Description:
Focuses on policy and practice issues rather than case law. Examines how American criminal justice is (and has been) dispensed in the vast majority of cases that never reach trial. Devotes attention to systemic issues rather than case-specific problems. Studies policy behavior, prosecutorial charging and bargaining discretion, the provision of defense services, bail and preventive detention, plea negotiation, and sentencing--aspects of the criminal process that affect huge volumes of cases and require thought in global terms.

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