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Syllabus CJE  


Ringgold High   School


29 Tiger Trail     Ringgold, GA 30736     706-935-2254






Mr. Head












COURSE TITLE: Criminal Justice Essentials




COURSE NUMBER: 43.45100                                                     




COURSE DESCRIPTION: Criminal Justice Essentials provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Starting with historical perspectives of the origin of the system. The course reviews the overall structure. Students will become immersed in criminal and constitutional law and will review basic law enforcement skills. The course ends with a mock trial to provide participants with a first hand experience of the criminal justice system. The course will also provide in-depth competencies and components for the co-curricular Skills USA student organization that should be incorporated throughout instructional strategies of the course. Participation in additional student organizations that align with LPSCS pathways is encouraged to enhance standards addressed in the curriculum.


 PREREQUISITES: This course is offered to current high school students. No prerequisites are mandated, but proper reading, writing, and analytical skills are desired.






1)      Explore the different careers available in the field of law and justice.


2)      Explain the history and characteristics of the structure of the American CJ system.


3)      Identify and explain the various roles of courtroom participants.


4)      Demonstrate a basic understanding of state and federal laws.


5)      Apply knowledge of major United States Supreme Court decisions to the role and function of law enforcement.


6)      Identify how constitutions define the structure of government and the rights of citizens.


7)      Link constitutional limitations to proper prosecutorial procedure.


8)      Explore the role of each participant in the pre-trial process.


9)      Explain how juries are selected.


10)  Participate in a mock trial.


11)  Examine the post trial process.


12)  Define civil law and cite examples of the primary areas of civil law.


13)  Identify the function of civil lawsuits.


14)  Apply civil law to law enforcement.


15)  Describe and discuss Terrorism.


16)  Demonstrate proficiency in advanced police skill and tactics.






All students enrolled in Public Safety classes at RinggoldHigh School will be exposed to various public safety (Fire, Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Judges, E.M.S.) professionals. The purpose is to prepare students for employment by providing them with opportunities to meet/talk with current public safety professionals.






Introduction to Criminal Justice, Bobert M. Bohm and Keith N. Haley, Seventh Edition, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Companies, 2011


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Students will be responsible for reimbursement to the school for any lost or damaged book.






Students are expected to be in class each day. Students need to be in the classroom and ready to work before the tardy bell. Students will have five (5) days from the date of returning to school to arrange for makeup work. It will be the student’s responsibility to make the arrangements.








I.          Tests/Quizzes                                                                         25%


            Written and Practical Assessments


II.        Skills                                                                                       25%


            Physical and Practical Exercises, Defensive Tactics


III.       Work Ethic                                                                            50%


            Student Initiative and Participation




GRADING LEGEND:                                A         90 – 100


                                                                        B         80 -   89


                                                                        C         74 -   79


                                                                        D         70 -   73


                                                                        F          0 -   69


*NOTE: The Final Exam will count as 15% of the student’s semester grade








1)      Classroom disruptions of any type or form will NOT be tolerated.


2)      Notebooks will be brought to class daily unless otherwise instructed.


3)      Food and drinks will NOT be allowed in the classroom.


4)      All work assigned will be completed as the result of individual effort unless otherwise instructed.


5)      Students will sit in their assigned seats and remain awake and alert at all times.


6)      Questions and participation are encouraged. If you have a question or comment, raise your hand and you will be acknowledged.




*NOTE: These classroom rules are to be followed in conjunction with the Catoosa County Board of Education policies and the policies noted in the Student Handbook.      






Thank you for participating in what I believe is one of the most important classes offered at RinggoldHigh School. The topics we discuss and learn about affect our lives every day, and the issues we consider are the very foundations of our society.




“If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us”-Francis Bacon




Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy:


The use of any computer network or individual workstation at Ringgold High School is a privilege that can be temporarily or permanently revoked at any time for abusive conduct. Such conduct would include placing any unlawful information on a system, the use of abusive or otherwise objectionable language or graphics in either public or private documents, or acts of sabotage that may result in the loss of computer network files and/or usage.
















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