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Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System

For many, knowledge of the criminal justice system comes from watching television or a popular movie, but real-life situations may play out quite differently. This three-part series presents a detailed overview of the entire jurisprudence process, stressing the constitutional foundations that balance the rights of the accused with the protection of citizens. An excellent resource for political science and legal studies students, the series also gives viewers an idea of what to expect if they ever find themselves in the justice system, either as a defendant or the accused. Viewable/printable instructor’s guides are available online. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences/MotionMasters Coproduction. 3-part series, 30 minutes each.

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Introduction: Crime, Law, and Enforcement
When society and government identify dangerous conduct, it is deemed a crime. Punishment comes through sanctions like fines, prison, and community service. Crimes are identified in laws enacted by federal, state, and local governments.