HON 201 Reform in Criminal Law, Police & Justice – 1 hour
27560 Mondays, 4:00 – 4:50 PM L. Robles
The course explores incidents that warrant a change to specific areas of the current criminal justice system. The course will concentrate on specific events in recent history that have lead to the introduction of new policies. The topics are not an exhaustive list of the reasons that policy makers have demanded changes to criminal justice however; they are the events that have been the focus of attention in the media. We will first survey a general introduction to criminal law and the changing role of police in society. The first issue of discussion will concentrate on the increase in “Active Shooter” occurrences across the country such as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The class will then transition to the second amendment and tackle the issues behind gun purchase restrictions vs. the second amendment right to bear arms. In addition, the class will assess the use of deadly force by police and apply the law to the facts in the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin cases. Students will then visit the Insanity Defense and apply the recent murder of American Sniper Chris Kyle. Finally, students will study the Boston Marathon Bombing trial.
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