Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management (3rd Edition)
Kenneth J. Peak  More Info

According to the book description of Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management, “For courses in Criminal Justice Administration and Police Administration. Unlike other texts, this comprehensive, single-author volume addresses the administration of the three components of the justice system--police, courts, corrections--as well as other contemporary administrative areas and hot issues--e.g., personnel administration, financial administration, rights and liabilities of criminal justice employees, and state-of-the-art technology in criminal justice. Focused on the primary people, concepts, terms, and reality of contemporary justice administration, it reflects 27 years of the author's hands-on, front-line experience as a police and corrections practitioner and administrator, planner, and educator.”

The legal aspects of criminal justice management are an intergal part of criminal justice course work.

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Course Description

This course is designed to assist the learner in enhancing their perspective of the role, functions and purpose of the police organization and management structure. The intent of the course is to integrate the learners experiences into the larger picture of the police organization and their role in that structure as a supervisor, manager or executive. The format for this class will include readings, online & library research, and other individualized learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes

After reading the material listed or any other related materials to the topic, the student will be able to:
    a. Compare and contrast civil and criminal sanctions against illegal or unethical
    b. Distinguish between liability issues of failure to train and failure to supervise
    c. Identify red flags or warning signs of behavior indicative of potential problems
        with employees
    d. Describe common themes as addressed in the various commission reports on
        police abuse, misconduct or corruption
    e. Distinguish legal liability from failure to protect cases, particularly in Domestic
        Violence cases
    f. Analyze key issues in failure to adhere to legal, statutory or case law mandates,
       such as violations of search and seizure, the exclusionary rule or failure to
       admonish of ones rights, per Miranda.

Learning Experiences

In addition to reading the material below, the student can also read other texts on the subject, view films, attend lectures, workshops, relate to work experiences as well as interview others in the field of legal aspects in criminal justice.

The student will read the following reports: (The web link is provided)


1.         Human Rights Watch Report, Shielded from Justice
Citizen Review of Police: Approaches and Implementation

3.         Police Accountability
LAPD Christopher Commission Report
LAPD Rampart Report
LASO Kolts Report: (1992)
NYPD Mollen Report

8.         Case Law: Tennessee v Garner, 47. U.S. 1  
Police Failure to Protect
Thurman v. City of Torrington, US CT 10-23-84 595 F.Supp. 1521
11.       Read the optional text: 
Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice
Professional, 7th ed. (or latest edition) By: John Ferdico,
12.       Read or consult any other book, text, journal article or online source in
            order to achieve learning results for this course and complete
            documentation. (Refer also to resource page)
13.       Conduct online and library research relevant to the topics.
14.       Maintain periodic contact with adjunct professor concerning course

Note: The course is divided into four modules: Each Module has topics that
                     should all be addressed in single paper; with a minimum of 5-7 pages
                     for each module. APA Style is strongly encouraged.

Note: Learner's should download a learning agreement, review, complete the
                    highlighted areas (consult your advisor regarding number of units, semester
                    information, etc.) and sign it.  Once the learning agreement has been
                    signed, contact the instructor for direction on returning it.  A learning
                    agreement must be completed in the first week and before any instruction
                    can take place.

Note: Click for course writing expectations


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    Criminal Justice Organizations: Administration and Management
    Stan Stojkovic  More Info

    According to the book description of Criminal Justice Organizations: Administration and Management, “Gearing up for your management role? Arm yourself with CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS, a thoroughly modern introduction to the management techniques appropriate to each area of the criminal justice system. By examining both the "hows" and "whys" of these techniques, and by exploring the book's practical, real-world examples, up-to-the-minute research, and coverage of key areas such as emergency planning and terrorism, leadership theory, and decision-making, you'll increase your preparedness for the challenges you're likely to face in today's field.”

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