CJ220 Criminal Justice & the Community

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CJ 220 Criminal Justice & the Community


SP 2012 HO


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration



Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday 9:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:30; Tuesday 1:00-2:00; Wednesday 9:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:30; Thursday 1:00-2:00; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302



Semester Dates

January 16- May 10, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours



Clear, T.R., Hamilton, John R., Jr., & Cadora, E. (2010). Community Justice, 2nd ed., London:Routledge

ISBN: 978-0-415-78027-8


Supplemental readings will be provided or suggested by the instructor

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
CJ 220 Criminal Justice and the Community: This basic course emphasizes programming techniques for benefiting the agency-citizen relationship. Prominence is placed on utilizing the resources of the criminal justice agencies to engage in effective conflict resolution with citizens, develop citizen and agency awareness, community crime prevention, and community relations. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactive ness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the history and evolution of American policing, while examining the development of community-oriented government.
  2. Analyze the future potential of the COPPS philosophy for the elements of the criminal justice system.
  3. Apply the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) and the concomitant issues of training, agency implementation, and evaluation that accompany the philosophy.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop an understanding of how government and private programs affect the administration of criminal justice in the community
  2. Examine the value in community-criminal justice partnerships in moving high-impact communities toward viability
Core Assessment:

  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

  • Exams

  • Papers, presentations, group &/or individual activities with written assignments (see CJ205)

Class Assessment:

Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.   


Two tests                                           200 points                             28%

Comprehensive final                      100     “                                   14%   

Paper                                                 200     “                                   28%

Class participation                           150     “                                   21%

Presentations                                    50                                           9%                                       

           Total                                       700


Paper: A paper of 6-10 pages is required in this course. The paper should address a topic pertaining to how criminal justice agencies develop a relationship and partner with the community to achieve their objectives. More specific information about the paper will be provided during the second week of class. THE PAPER IS TO BE SUBMITED VIA THE DROPBOX LOCATED ON THE E-COMPANION SITE

In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner. Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused. Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor. For papers submitted after the due date, five (5) points per day late will be subtracted from the earned score.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Use of laptop computers for taking class notes is acceptable but their use for checking e-mail and other social media is distruptive to the class and is prohibited.   Students should read the scheduled material and come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

            January 16               Dr. Martin Luther King Day – no class

            January 18                Chapter 1.      Introduction to the class and Chapter 1                                                                                                                          Criminal Justice and the Community                                           
            January 23                Chapter 1

January 25                Chapter 1

January 30                Chapter 1

February 1                 Chapter 2      Policing and Community Justice

February 6                 Chapter 2     

February 8                 Chapter 2

February 13              Chapter 2     

February 15             Chapter 2     

February 20            President’s Day – no class

February 22             Test #1

February 27             Chapter 3      The Courts and Community Justice       

February 29              Chapter 3

March 5                     Chapter 3

March 7                     Chapter 3

March 12                   Spring Break – no class

March 14                   Spring Break – no class

March 19                   Chapter 3

March 21                   Chapter 4.     Corrections and Community Justice       

March 26                   Chapter 4     

March 28                   Chapter 4

April 2                         Chapter 4

April 4                         Chapter 4
            April 9                        Test # 2

April 11                      Chapter 5

April 16                      Chapter 5

April 18                      Chapter 5

April 23                      Chapter 5

April 25                      Chapter 5 and Essay due

April 30                      Presentations

May 2                         Final discussions


(Final Examination:  5/7/2012 1:00-3:00 p.m. )

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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