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Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system is as complicated as it is interesting. From governmental changes to the role of police, more and more people are expressing interest in learning about the many facets of the criminal justice system.

Stratford's Criminal Justice course offers a thorough introduction into the world of government, law enforcement, corrections, criminal procedure and more.

Whether you have an interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice, would like a refresher course, or want to learn something new, Stratford's detailed course can help you get started.

With the convenience to study at home on your own time, you can read and take exams when it is easiest for you.
American Government
• Early History of Our Government
• The Three Branches of the Federal Government
• The Roles of the State and Local Governments
• An Overview of Our System as a Democracy
• Issues such as Defense and Taxation
• Our Government in Action

Investigation and Law Enforcement
• History of Law Enforcement
• The Criminal Justice System
• The Crime Scene
• Types of Evidence and Their Usefulness
• Interviewing Techniques
• Principles of Interrogation

Criminal Procedure
• Court Systems in the United States
• Constitutional Law
• The Anatomy of a Criminal Prosecution
• Elements of a Crime
• Statutory Law
• Defenses
• Victims of Crime
• Criminal Trials and Evidence
• Post-Conviction Issues
• The First Amendment

Essentials of Criminal Justice Part 1
• Crime and Criminal Justice
• The Nature of Crime and Victimization
• Criminal Law: Substance and Procedure
• Police in Society: History and Organization
• The Police: Role and Function
• Issues in Policing: Professional, Social, and Legal

Essentials of Criminal Justice Part 2
• Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense
• Pretrial and Trial Procedures
• Punishment and Sentencing
• Community Sentences: Probation, Intermediate Sanctions, and Restorative Justice
• Corrections: History, Institutions, and Populations
• Prison Life: Living In and Leaving Prison
• Juvenile Justice in the Twenty-First Century
• Crime and Justice in the New Millennium
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date course textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.
Criminal Justice Program

"I plan on returning to the field of law enforcment, and this course of study has helped me move toward that goal."

Michael W.

"I liked that you could work at your own pace."

Antwan L.

"It really improved my existing skills and enabled me to work to my full potential."

Tashun H.