ERIC Number: ED375065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Criminal Justice in America. Teacher's Guide. Second Edition.
Croddy, Marshall; Hayes, Bill
This teacher's guide outlines effective strategies for using "Criminal Justice in America." This comprehensive textbook on criminal justice may serve either as the foundation for a high school law-related education course or as a supplemental text for civics, government or contemporary-issues courses. Designed to foster critical thinking and analytical skills, the book provides students with an understanding of the criminal justice system, its laws, procedures, and issues. It examines the controversial issues of victims' rights, the insanity defense, the exclusionary rule, police-community relations, mandatory sentencing, the death penalty, youth gangs, the causes of crime, and the effect of race on the criminal justice system. Through case studies, simulations, peer-teaching, decision-making and field activities, students clarify public policy issues, identify values and propose and evaluate solutions. In addition to classroom teaching strategies, "Criminal Justice in America" provides suggestions for field trips to courts and police facilities and for the use of resource persons. The teacher's guide contains advice for the six units: crime and its victims; police; criminal process; corrections; juvenile justice; and solutions. The guide offers teachers detailed background information on the criminal justice system, rich in charts and statistics. For student projects, the guide provides sample copies of a crime victim survey, a questionnaire on opinions toward the police, and other worksheets. In a final section, the guide contains test questions appropriate for the material. Contains general resources and resources for particular chapters. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Correctional Institutions, Crime, Crime Prevention, Criminal Law, Criminology, High Schools, Juvenile Justice, Law Related Education, Learning Activities, Police, Police Action, Social Studies
Constitutional Rights Foundation, 601 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005 ($16.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.