This course will serve as a broad introduction to the American criminal justice process with some international comparisons. The course is applicable to both criminal justice majors and non-majors. Topics will examine how crime is legally defined and the complexity of measuring it. The three main components of the criminal justice system will be analyzed: the police, the courts, and corrections. In particular, we will strive to focus on each component’s holistic relationship to the criminal justice process and areas where the components most often conflict.