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April 2, 2016

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice covers the material taught in a one-semester college course. Questions on the exam test:

  • Knowledge of basic facts and terms
  • Understanding of concepts and principles
  • Ability to apply the knowledge to specific case problems

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Criminal Behavior
    • Defining crime
    • Crime in the United States
    • Theories of crime
    • Types of crime
    • Measurement of crime
    • Juvenile delinquency


  • Criminal Justice System
    • Historical origins
    • Legal foundations
    • Due process
    • Criminal justice agencies


  • Police
    • History and organization
    • Societal role and function
    • Issues and trends
    • Occupational characteristics


  • Court System
    • History and organization
    • Adult court systems
    • Juvenile court
    • Pretrial, trial, and post-trial processes (e.g., bail, plea bargaining, sentencing)


  • Corrections
    • History
    • Purpose (e.g., punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, retribution)
    • Intermediate sanctions
    • Juvenile correction alternatives
    • Capital punishment
    • Prison organization
    • Inmate characteristics
    • Issues and trends

(Taken from “Criminal Justice,” DSST Fact Sheet 2010, Prometric, ©2010.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • The American System of Criminal Justice   
      12th by George F. Cole & Christopher E. Smith - Wadsworth/Thomas,
    ISBN 9780495599654