An introduction to the purpose and functions of the criminal justice system. A description of the police, courts, and corrections on the local, state, and federal levels. Emphasis on the growing problems the criminal justice system has in dealing with the ills of society using a system designed to fit the needs of Colonial America. The introduction to criminal justice is of practical concern to professional personnel involved in the system and also to all citizens who want to understand better the aim of criminal law and how the criminal justice system operates. Three lecture hours per week. CRJ major requirement.