The criminal justice system of the United States is very complex. It has several different departments that constitute what we know today as the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system is comprised of police or local authority’s, federal police that constitutes the federal government authorities, and state level police that make up the law enforcement divisions of the justice system. Courts are the next step in the process; courts exist at the local and federal levels, consisting of circuit courts, appeal courts, supreme courts, and the supreme court of the United States. Corrections is the final step in the criminal justice system, here violators of the law will serve out the courts sentence. In this paper we will explore a brief history of law enforcement, courts, military, and corrections. We will explore the rights of the people, the ethics of policing, policing environment, use of force, and police training.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2021

Senior Project Advisor

Mr. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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