AUBURN – Central Maine Community College will offer two courses in criminal justice during the spring semester. Courses meet for 15 weeks and carry three college credits each. The cost of each is $258, plus textbooks.

Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJ 101-21) will meet from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 24. The course is designed to provide an overview of the legal system in America, including the history and evolution of law enforcement and the criminal law, to the present status of the criminal justice system.

Topics will include the purposes and goals of the criminal justice system; the history and evolution of the criminal law and the legal process; the role of law enforcement in a democratic society; the balancing of individual rights versus the protection of society; the manner in which the criminal justice system confronts terrorism; and the development and current status of justice policy. The course is a prerequisite to other criminal justice offerings.

Due Process in Criminal Justice (CRJ 201-21) will meet from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays. The course will examine individual rights under the Constitution, with a concentration on the due process rights of criminally accused persons.

The focus will be on U.S. Supreme Court cases, from the revolutionary “Warren” era to the present and the development of the doctrine of due process in the criminal justice system in America.

The course will examine in detail how the construction, interpretation and application of the standards set by the court impact justice policy as well as the lives of the average citizen. Introduction to Criminal Justice is a prerequisite.

The college began offering criminal justice courses last fall. “Our goal is that these courses transfer into criminal justice degree programs at a number of institutions,” said Patricia Vampatella, dean of academic affairs. “We also anticipate that current corrections and law enforcement professionals, as well as people interested in exploring the field of criminal justice, will be interested in taking these courses.”

Degrees prepare students for careers in corrections or law enforcement at the local, state or federal level. Those wanting more information or to register should call 755-5292 or 1-800-891-2002, ext 292.

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