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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 524
Course Title: Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of the development, implementation, and analysis of public policy. Students identify and evaluate public policies as they relate to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting Course Objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing relevant codes and cases, such as or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.

Criminal Justice Policy Making, Federal Roles and Processes
By Stolz, Barbara (Praeger Publishing)
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
By Welsh, Wayne and Philip Harris (Anderson Publishing Co.)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the process through which domestic crime policy is developed and the constraints exiting at the development and implementation stage.
  2. Describe the characteristics of crime policy formulated at the federal, state and local levels of government.
  3. Articulate and apply available methods, theories, and procedures in developing, analyzing and evaluating crime policies.
  4. Articulate examples of crime policy successes and failures.
  5. Explain and apply existing and proposed crime policy to real and hypothetical fact situations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • The study of public policy
  • Overview of crime policy
  • Crime policy in the legislative branch
  • Crime policy in the executive branch
  • Crime policy in the judicial branch
  • Crime policy at the federal, state and local levels
  • Policy implementation
  • Policy evaluation
  • Policy successes and failures
  • Future trends in crime policy

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: September 20, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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