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Criminal Justice Ch1
|How long has criminal activity been around and where is it a primary concern?
|It has undoubtedly been with us since the dawn of history, and criminal control has long been a primary concern of politicians and government leaders worldwide.
|The American experience with crime during the last...
|Half of the century has been especially influential in shaping the criminal justice system of today.
|In the 1960's and 1970's...
|We saw a burgeoning concern for the rights of ethnic and racial minorities, women, people with physical and mental challenges, and many other groups.
|By the mid-1980's...
|Individual rights was accompanied by a dramatic increase in the sale and use of illicit drugs threatened the foundation of American society.
|The videotaped beating of Rodney King, an African-American motorist, at the hands of Los Angeles-area police officers splashed across TV series throughout the country.
|Rodney King's case shifted the focus onto police brutality and the effective management of law enforcement personnel.
|USA Patriot Act
|Enacted in 2001 as a legislative response to terrorism, the law, whose provisions were reauthorized by Congress with minor revisions in 2006.
|What does the USA Patriot Act stand for?
|Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
|September 11, 2001
|The well-coordinated terrorist attacks that occurred in New York City and Washington D.C.
|In 2006, former Enron Executives Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling were convicted of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in what some called "the biggest business scandal in U.S. history."
|Enron Executives (cont.)
|The company's troubles resulted in the loss of billions of dollars of investors' money.
|What does the book represent?
|It examines the American system of criminal justice and the agencies and processes that continue it.
|What does the book represent? (cont.)
|It builds on theme that is especially valuable for studying criminal justice today: Individual Rights Versus Public Order