CJ220 Criminal Justice & the Community

for S1J 2012

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CJ 220 Criminal Justice & the Community


S1J 2012 DN


Judge Vernon E. Scoville, III


Senior Adjunct Professor


J.D. University of Missouri - Kansas City
B.A. University of Missouri - Kansas City
A.A. Metropolitan Community College - Longview -Liberal Arts

Office Location

Park University Downtown KC-Campus

Office Hours

5:15pm- 9:50pm

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




scoville@courts.mo.gov (preferred)

Web Page


Semester Dates

January 16th thru March 11th, 2012 (first class is Jan 17, 2012)

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


As listed in the Park Undergraduate Catalog

Credit Hours



Clear, Todd R, Hamilton, Jr., and Cadora, Eric. (2011) Community Justice, Routledge.  ISBN: 978-0-415-78027-8
Supplemental readings and handouts will be provided or suggested by the Professor

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Community Resources
Community Organizations
Job Experiences
Volunteer Organizations
Newspaper Articles
McAfee Memorial Library
Local Police Departments
State of Missouri Probation and Parole

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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 Professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, class dialogues, examinations, videos, web sites, and required term paper and presentation. The instructor's will engage each student in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues as it relates to the criminal justice field, our society, and our communities. The class room environment will foster the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the students conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of community justice and community policing.

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. 1. Develop an understanding of how government and private programs affect the administration of criminal justice in the community.
  2. 2. Examine the value in community-criminal justice partenships in moving high-impact communities towards viabilty.
  3. 3. Developing an understanding how each student can impact their own communities by becoming aware and active in the fight against crime.
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 1 mid-term test, 1 final test,  in class exercises, 1 term paper.
One mid-term  Chapters 1-3                  = 100 pts  
One final        All Chapters                     = 100 pts
Class Paper and Presentation                 = 200 pts
                                                  Total   = 600 pts.
.Additional quizzes may be required if the Professor feels the students are not keeping up with readings.  Each quizz if needed will be worth 10 pts. 


A = 100 - 90%
B =   89 - 80 %
C =   79 - 70%
D =   69 - 60%
F =   59% or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of course requirements will only be received with prior approval of the Professor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Arrive to class on time and only leave when class is over.
  2. Come to class prepared by having read chapters, and be prepared to discuss the issues.
  3. It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity.
  4. Listen to others and be respectful of others opinions, views, cultures, and lifestyles.
  5. Don't cheat, do your own work and be proud of the contribution you bring to the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January 17th (week 1) Come to class having read chapter 1.  Professor handouts and video.  Class discussion.
January 24th  (week 2) Come to class having reading chapter 2.   Professor handouts and video.  Class discussion. Student to get approval for class paper and presentation
January 31st (week 3) Come to class having read chapter 3. Professor handouts and video.  Class discussion.  Review for mid-term. 
February 7th (week 4) Come to class and take mid-term.  You can not miss taking the mid-term.  Professor handouts and video.  Class Discussion of previous chapters.
February 14th (week 5) no class.  Each student will have week 5 to complete their Paper and Presentation for week 6. 
February 21st (week 6) Come to class having read chapter 4.  Give class presentation and turn in paper for project.  Professor handouts and video.  Class discussion. 
February 28th (week 7) Come to class having read chapter 5.  Give class presentations and turn in paper for project. Professor handouts and video.  Class discussion. Review for final. 
March 6th (week 8) Come to class and take final. Give class presentations and turn in paper for project. Class Discussion of previous material.

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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