Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management
Examination of the legal issues within criminal justice management, and of the effects of constitutional provisions, statutes, ordinances and judicial decisions on justice administration. Analysis of the legal aspects of selection, compensation, promotion, assignment and termination of justice employees and consideration of operational issues not addressed in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Most current editions of the following:
Legal Aspects of Police Supervision
By Avery, Isaac (Wadsworth) Recommended
The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers
By Aitchison, Will (Labor Relations Information System) Recommended
Legal Aspects of Corrections Management
By Cripe and Pearlman (Jones and Bartlett Publishers) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the important employment related laws and legal issues applicable to Criminal Justice.
Explain the important managerial decisions which are governed by specific legal standards.
Explain the important operational issues and decisions which are governed by specific legal standards.
Articulate solutions to real and hypothetical issues by applying relevant legal issues.
Articulate arguments for and against proposed and existing laws connected to criminal justice management.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Privacy rights of public employees
Affirmative action and employee selection, physical agility testing and written selection tests
Age limitations and discrimination of police officers
Collective bargaining and Unions
Workers compensation law
Freedom of speech
Freedom of religion
Fair Labor Standards Act
Sexual discrimination and harassment
Americans with Disabilities Act
Employee discipline and termination
Civil and criminal liability of employees and agencies
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
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.