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CRJ 631 Criminal Jurisprudence (3 credits)

As a branch of constitutional law, criminal jurisprudence focuses on the balancing of individual rights with police functions and the need to ensure public safety. Basic principles of criminal jurisprudence will be taught using the case study method. Emphasis will be directed at the body of law and doctrine that has developed under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments since the 1960s. Topics will include due process and confessions, remedies for constitutional violations, punishment and sentencing.