Criminal Justice Teacher Resources
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Black Skin, White Justice: Race Matters in the Criminal Justice System
High schoolers examine the effects of race in the criminal justice system. As a class, they brainstorm a list of instances when the offender has been an African American and he is not treated fairly in court based on his race. They analyze their own reasons for the preceptions they have about the justice system and participate in a debate on whether the system can be changed to make it fair for all.
Careers in Criminal Justice
Students identify and explore careers in the criminal justice system. Groups research and present information on specific careers.
And Justice For All
Students compare three justice systems currently in place in the United States: the civilian criminal justice system, the military criminal justice system (courts-martial) and the secret wartime tribunals that President Bush has proposed by order.
The Row Behind Death Row
Young scholars investigate several controversial issues in the criminal justice system relating to death row and give oral reports explaining how their issues safeguard or contaminate the issue of fairness in capital punishment. They offer ideas for improvement
Understanding Criminal Justice
Students realize that clear values are a resource of behavior in clarifying needs and wants. They clarify feelings and wants and verbalize ways in which they give up freedom and control in their lives by relinquishing decisions to other people.
The Color of Justice
Learners analyze racism and justice. In this legal system discrimination lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on disparities in the legal system. Learners respond to discussion questions following the lecture and evaluate proposals put forth to prevent discrimination in the criminal justice system.
Justice for All? Debating the Fairness of the Juvenile Justice System
Students discuss treatment of young people by the criminal justice system and debate whether or not that treatment is fair.
Adult Criminal Justice System
Twelfth graders examine the procedures and protections involved in processing an accused person through the criminal justice system. They view a Powerpoint presentation, conduct research, and write a paper describing a crime they have allegedly committed.
Opening Eyes, Changing Minds. Talking About Personal Transformation And the Development of World Views
Students read one teen's story of personal growth through learning about racism and the criminal justice system to explore how individuals' world views are shaped and changed through experiences and education.
The Youth Criminal Justice Act
Learners review the Youth Criminal Justice Act and examine the consequences for young people who commit crimes. They investigate the rehabilitation and reintegration processes associated with the act.
Living to Avoid The Criminal Justice System
Students brainstorm a list of negative stereotypes in the African-American society. In groups, they develop ways to decrease the chance of them living in poverty and being in trouble with the law. They develop ways to solve problems other than with violence and how to improve their performance in school. To end the lesson, they view scenerios and discuss how they can be solved.
Teachers: Citizenship: Criminal Justice System
Students, in groups, study Asbos and their conditions. After watching a 10-minute video, they answer questions in the Asbo hotseat. Also, they develop arguments that are not necessarily their own.
Students reflect on the role of prisons and discuss how they believe sentencing should be handed down. After reading an article, they discover the experiences Martha Stewart went through while in prison. In groups, they share their opinions of her and write an essay responding to an idea in the article.
Students share their opinions about the abuse of substances among teenagers today. After reading an article, they discuss the concerns about substance abuse. They create and propose their own treatment program and design publicity materials.
Crime and punishment! Learners discuss the law, civics, and crime in the UK. They brainstorm lists of crimes and possible punishments, complete activities on a website, role-play a Juvenile Court scenario, and try to think of ways they can prevent crime in their neighborhoods. Neat ideas that are full of active engagement.
You and the Law -- Beating the Odds
Middle schoolers examine the rate of institutional racism in the United States. Individually, they write in their journals about how they can make better choices and increase their self-esteem. Using historical documents, they identify the amendments focusing on human rights and why amendments were needed. In groups, they analyze different amendments and identify the changes brought about because of the Civil Rights Movement.
Students examine fundamentals of American criminal justice by analyzing each step of the criminal process. They follow the process of a well-known or publicized criminal case in The New York Times, and keep a journal of its newspaper coverage.
Crime and Justice
Students investigate what happens when someone is arrested. They engage in a mock trial role play about a burglary. They engage in the process of the Criminal Justice System from arrest to sentencing.
Criminal Law -- Miranda
Young scholars examine the law and the Miranda rights. They role play members of law enforcement and ones being arrested.
Students question the effectiveness of current treatment programs in addressing substance abuse among teenagers. They propose their own treatment programs tailored to the needs of young people.