Central Washington University

Department of Law and Justice




Fall 2006



Administration of Criminal Justice

LAJ 300



Instructor:         Dr. Rodrigo Murataya              Email:               murataya@cwu.edu

Phone:              963-3667 @ Ellensburg           Phone:              963-3720 @ YVCC

Office:              Psychology 458                        Office hour:      T-TH 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Office:              DHEC 219 (@ YVCC)           Office hour:      MTWTH 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Required Text:

Senna, J., and Siegel, L. (2005).  Introduction to Criminal Justice.  (10th ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

APA. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: APA


Any and all academic materials (texts, journal article, news article etc.) in the field of LAJ.



Course Objective:

            In this course the student will gain exposure to how “justice” is administered through the three primary components: the police, the courts, and the corrections system.  The student will be given the opportunity to understand justice related issues, the process of justice, and the problems associated with administrating justice through each component.

            At the successful completion of this course students will possesses the following knowledge: (a) an overview of the criminal justice system; (b) a historical view of the process and development of the administration of justice; (c) knowledge of issues of significance or concern in the administration of justice; (d) knowledge of various differing viewpoints concerning the administration of justice; and (e) the relevance of the issues of gender, class, race or ethnicity to the administration of justice.



Student Attendance, Participation, and Responsibilities:

1.      Attendance and participation are required for the full benefit of the education experience.  Students are expected to come to class and be prepared to join in discussion of the material.  Students should refer to the Central Washington University catalog for the official university policy on class attendance: http://www.cwu.edu/~catalogs/02_grading_policies.html#attaendance

2.      Each excused or unexcused absence will result in a loss of 10 attendance points and up to the maximum of 5% (50 Points) of your final grade.

3.      Class begins promptly at 5:10 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. every session.  Failing to attend and participate in class will severely impact your grade.

4.      Be prepared to express your viewpoint and defend it – allow others to express their point of view, as well.  These important exchanges of ideas, that will be debated, are an important element in the learning process.  If students give the appearance of not being prepared, unannounced quizzes may be given.  .  It is highly recommended that you complete and review the daily exercises at the end of each chapter.

5.      Writing assignments shall be turned in on the days assigned. Assignments must comply with the format requirements as set forth in the syllabus and as provided by the Instructor.  Failure to comply with the requirements will result in the assignment being returned to the student and treated as late until the requirements are fulfilled.  All written assignments are to be turned in to the instructor via email to the following email address: murataya@cwu.edu

6.      Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  This includes, but is not limited to; Non constructive and/or inappropriate comments and/or behavior, arriving late or leaving early and failing to turn off audible pagers and/or cell phones.

7.      If you miss class for any reason, you will be responsible for obtaining the information, handouts, and/or materials you miss due to your absence.  Extra credit may be available at the discretion of the instructor


Course Format:

            The format for this course will generally be lecture and discussion.  The lectures are developed to further the students understanding of the required readings, and to put out other information not found in the reading material.  Discussion of topics and of current events is of key importance for a better understating of the current trends affecting the Criminal Justice System.  In addition to the required readings, it is strongly recommended that students read at least one reputable newspaper and compliment that with listening to the news.  The following is a recommended internet site of newspapers worldwide: http://www.onlinenewspapers.com  As current events unfold, they will be integrated into the class discussions.



Lectures comprise of material from the book, professional experience and other scholarly materials.  An examination will be given approximately every three weeks.  The exam will include material from the assigned chapters in the book and lectures covered in class. A letter grade will be assigned based upon the exam score.  If there are quizzes, the scores will be compiled, added up and at the end of the quarter they will be curved and assigned a letter grade.

Students are expected to engage in active, regular, and informed discussions through class participation, which will comprise of 5% (50 Points) of your final course grade.  Quizzes cannot be made up regardless of the circumstances involved for absence.


Tests = 75%                 Paper = 15%                Attendance = 5%         Class Participation = 5%



            Examinations will be held in class as per the syllabus.  You will be given adequate time to complete the examinations and will be expected to take them at the agreed date.  No “makeups” will be administered unless there is an official authorized excuse, which can be documented and verified entailing such crisis as medical/ill/accident.








Final test:

            Wednesday, November 29th, 2006



Grading Scale:

94+      A

90-93   A-

87-89   B+

83-86   B

80-82   B-

77-79   C+

73-76   C

70-72   C-

67-69   D+

63-66   D

60-62   D-

59-       F



                Students will have to research an area of interest that is approved by the instructor and write a 5 - 7 page paper.

The paper will be graded on 1) the organization of ideas, 2) the depth and quality of sources, 3) the quality and extent of analysis, 4) the originality of insights on the topic under study, and 5) spelling and grammar.  An “F” grade will be assigned to papers turned in late.  The due date for all papers is finals week (December 05, 2006).  Make sure and email a copy of your paper to Barb Demory demoryb@cwu.edu to be included in your portfolio.

All formatting and citations/references of any and all written assignment must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) technical format.   For assistance on this topic use the following e-mail address: http://www.nhmccd.edu/contracts/lrc/kc/apastyle.htm


Tentative Reading Schedule:

Students are to read according to the chapters assigned.  If the class lags behind, the student should continue to read according to schedule because we may not spend as much time in some areas as in others.  The instructor reserves the right to alter and hasten the reading schedule to meet time constraints and the flow of the course.  It is the responsibility of the student to READ the book and come prepared to class for discussions and exams.




1, 2, 3 and 4    

Test 1:                                    October 11th


5, 6, 7 and 8                

Midterm:                    October 25th


9, 10, 11, 12, and 13

Test 3:                        November 15th


14, 15, 16 and 17

Last Test:                   November 29th





These test dates are tentative and likely to change!























Policy on Academic Dishonesty:

Students choosing law related careers are expected to meet rigorous standards of honesty.  Students are on their honor to avoid “Proscribed Conduct” as defined by the “Student Judicial Code”.  http://www.cwu.edu/~catalogs/01_appendix.html#judicial Violations of this section will result in a failing grade in the course in addition to possible further university sanctions.


Policy on Diversity:

University-level education is about broadening horizons and looking at academic issues from a variety of perspectives.  With this in mind, the participants in this class are encouraged to bring their own life experiences and viewpoints to bear on classroom discussions and assignments.  Along with the freedom to express one's own view comes the responsibility of being sensitive to race, ethnicity, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, martial-status, or political ideology.


Policy on Sexual Harassment:

It is the policy of CWU to maintain a work and academic community free from sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment violates state and federal law and will not be tolerated.  Refer to http://catalog.cwu.acalog.com/content.php?catoid=6&page=appendix_a.html  for definitions and procedures.


ADA Statement:

Students who have special needs or disabilities that may effect their ability to access information or material presented in this course are encouraged to contact me or the ADA Compliance Officer and Director on the Ellensburg campus at 509-963-2171 for additional disability related educational accommodations.

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