Discover the legal framework, laws and regulations of the U.S. Criminal Code and the principal institutions involved in all aspects of the federal, state, and local criminal justice systems;
Illustrate the jurisdiction, competences, and cooperation of various law enforcement entities at the federal, state, and local levels, including funding; methods of investigation; and collaboration with the media;
Understand the criminal justice process from arrest to arraignment to sentencing, including the investigation of alleged criminal activity, as well as the roles of and relationships between the judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement agencies;
Explore the constitutional rights protecting criminal defendants, including the right to attorney, admissibility of evidence, the system of plea-bargaining, considerations for national security cases, and the role of non-profit organizations;
Study the management of U.S. prisons and best practices for preventing recidivism; and
Examine news reporting in high profile cases, such as public officials accused of wrongdoing, alleged police brutality and emotionally charged protest demonstrations, as well as related issues such as protection of sources and use of violent images in reports.