The Florida Criminal Justice System. Chapter 1. Chapter 1 Outline. Introduction Civic Responsibility Persistent Problems with High School Education Persistent Problem with College Education. Chapter 1 Outline (cont’d). CCJ Students CCJ Mission Statements Overview of the Book.
CCJ Mission Statements
Overview of the Book
Myth of the American criminal justice system
Most college graduates take positions in the Florida criminal justice system.
How bad is it to be “among the worst in the nation?”
1 out of every 3 Florida high school freshmen will become a drop-out.
Florida ranks 44th in terms of high school graduation rates.
70% expect to study less than 20 hours a week—less than the standard 40-hour work week in the “real world.”
The average CCJ student skips at least one class every other week.
The average CCJ student spends more time focusing on social, rather than academic, activities.
Of the 78 jails operated by state, county, private, or sheriff offices in 2010, none require new hires to have any college education.
In short, prospective criminal justice employers are NOT convinced that a college diploma signals a better prepared employee.
A mission statement outlines the institution’s top priorities or goals.
For example, the FSU mission statement states it “is a comprehensive, national, graduate research university that puts research into action for the benefit of our students and society.”
FAU: “To provide quality graduate and undergraduate education within a liberal arts context and is designed to prepare students for careers in criminal justice or other fields that become attractive to students.”
FGCU: “To prepare students with the skill sets that are in demand by employing, criminal justice agencies.”
UWF: “To inspire and challenge students, faculty, and staff through a variety of opportunities to achieve personal and professional growth for a lifetime.”
USF: “To provide students with an in-depth exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system . . . . to develop a sound education basis either for graduate work or for professional training.”
Given these pragmatic concerns, why NOT a course devoted to the Florida, as opposed than the generic American, criminal justice system?
Chapter 2: Florida Crime
Chapter 3: Florida Law Enforcement
Chapter 4: Florida Criminal Law
Chapter 5: Florida Courts
Chapter 6: Florida Corrections
Chapter 6: Florida Corrections
Chapter 7: The Florida Death Penalty
Chapter 8: Florida Juvenile Justice
Chapter 9: Florida Victims
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Top 10 States, Serious Violent Crime Rates
Top 10 States, Serious Property Crime Rates
Offers standardized definitions across the country.
Makes comparisons over time possible.
Unlawful entry of a structure.
To commit a felony or a theft.
Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
A motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces.
Local agencies compile a monthly UCR report.
Local agencies forward these reports to FDLE every 6 months.
FDLE forwards statewide report to FBI.
2010 Crime Rates
Solid line = Florida; broken line = U.S.
See Figure 2.6 [click here]
Florida has a substantial crime problem.
Now we can turn our focus to examining how the various segments of the Florida criminal justice system address the concern with crime in the “Sunshine State.”
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