Introduction to Criminal Justice . Chapter 1. Intro to Criminal Justice. What is a crime? What is a criminal? Have crimes changed? Who decides what a crime is? Do we have more or less crimes today than 20 years ago?. Intro to Criminal Justice .
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crimes today than 20 years ago?
Assumes that different segments of society, separated by social class, income, age and race, will inevitably have different norms and value systems and struggle with each other to control society.
What is deemed criminal activity is determined by whichever group happens to be holding power at the time.
crime in Iowa?
changes in the laws
over the last several
(usually ordinance violation)
discretion exercised by
police, judges, prosecutors,