Administration of Justice (AJ)

AJ 101
Introduction to the Administration of Justice
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross cultural context, emphasis is placed on the U.S. justice system, particularly the structure and function of U.S. police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, and sentencing and incarceration policies.

AJ 102
Concepts of Criminal Law
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The philosophy and historical development of law, including the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The concepts and definitions necessary to relate court decisions to statutes including those specific to correctional institutions.

AJ 103
Legal Aspects of Evidence
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence, constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies.

AJ 105
Criminal Investigation
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Fundamentals of investigation and the techniques of crime scene recording and search. The collection and preservation of physical evidence, modus operandi processes, sources of information, interview and interrogation, follow-up, and case preparation.

AJ 106
Patrol Procedures
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course is a study of the responsibility, techniques, and methods of police patrol. This includes the areas of patrol distribution, selective enforcement, pull-over and approach methods, emergency pursuit driving, search of suspects and buildings, field interrogations, and procedures in handling "police-called-for" services.

AJ 108
Juvenile Procedures
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the Juvenile Justice System as it evolved in the American Justice System. The course explores the theories that focus on Juvenile Law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles administered in the American Justice System.

AJ 109
Criminal Court Process
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course provides an examination and analysis of due process in criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through trial and appeal utilizing statutory law and state constitutional law precedents.

AJ 111
Narcotics and Vice Control
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

History, identification, and effects of narcotics. Current narcotic and vice problems. Special emphasis on laws affecting the control of narcotics and vice.

AJ 112
Community and the Justice System
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics may include the consensus and conflicting values in culture, religion, and law.

AJ 121
Death Investigation
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): AJ 101.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A multimedia examination of the medico-legal investigation of death. Focuses on natural and accidental deaths, suicides, and homicides. Special attention to deaths by gunshort wounds, burns, sharp force injury, blunt force trauma, and multi-casualty incidents.

AJ 123
Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Techniques for communicating facts, information, and ideas effectively in a simple, clear, and logical manner in various types of criminal justice reports: letters, memoranda, directives, and administrative reports. Emphasis is on criminal justice terminology, use of English, and organization of information. Students will practice note taking and report writing as well as presentation of testimony in court.

AJ 130
Introduction to Probation and Parole
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A survey of the role of probation and parole in today's criminal justice system. Career opportunities available in probation and parole work will be included.

AJ 131
Introduction to Corrections
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course provides a history and critical analysis of punishment, the various types of punishment, alternatives to punishment, and the impact of punishment on the Criminal Justice System, corrections, a critical examination of the types of correctional institutions and the clients housed in each institution, and an examination of contemporary correctional issues.

AJ 135
Control and Supervision in Corrections
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Supervision of inmates in the local, state, and federal correctional institutions. Emphasis on the role of the offender and the correctional worker on a continuum from institutional living through crisis situations. Included are inmate subculture, violence and effects of crowding along with coping techniques for correctional officers. Causes and effects of abusive tactics.

AJ 136
Correctional Interviewing and Counseling
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The techniques in counseling and interviewing available to practitioners in corrections. The student will learn the use of appropriate techniques and theories in confidence building which may be used by the correctional employee in client interviews and counseling.

AJ 137
Legal Aspects of Corrections
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The historical legal framework, concepts, and precedents that guide correctional practice. Course material will broaden the individual's perspective of the corrections environment, the civil rights of prisoners, and responsibilities and liabilities of corrections officials. 54 lecture hours

AJ 150
Introduction to Forensics
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances.

AJ 698C
Cooperative Education
3 Units (AA/AS)
180 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Administration of Justice at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.