Corrections and Criminal Justice
Instructor: Mr. Arin Hart
Mr. Hart has over twenty years of service in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels. He's had extensive training in all aspects of law enforement and administration. In addion to teaching here at South High School, Mr. Hart also serves as a criminal justice instructor at the college level.
The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.
Introduction to Criminal JusticeIn this class, students explore basic criminal justice issues including: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, as well as how they all work together. Students examine the criminal justice process, jobs in each part of the field, what is required to obtain these professional positions, and current salaries associated with the various jobs. Students will also learn some theories of why people commit crimes, how the law is applied, and how the law affects community/society. Students will explore the real-world application of the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional amendments, and case law. Students will be introduced report writing, basic investigation processes, forensic science technology, and theory. Students will learn to identify what reasonable suspicion is vs. probable cause, and they will practice interpeting laws and breaking them down to each element to see how actions vs law "fit" together in a real-world scenarios. Students are introduced to dispatch operations as well as crime scene processing and documentation through interactive and fun classroom activities that include guest speakers from different local and state law enforcement agencies.Hands-on learning activites include:A smaller detailed crime scene with physical and trace evidenceThe Missy Hammond Cold case investigation and documentation processesField forensics including lifting fingerprints and rolling printsBlood typing and DNA analysisEvidence collection and documentationCrime scene photography introductionCourt proceduresMock court trialIn-class debatesCrisis interventionDe-escalation techniquesInterview and interrogationChris Watts crime investigation review including polygraph explanation and theoryAdvanced Criminal JusticePrerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Criminal JusticeIn this course, during the first month of school, students will learn the roles that coroners' and medical examiners' play in investigations including an autopsy of an animal.Students will engage in responding to calls and situations and participate in a more detailed criminal investigation. Practical applications of the law, law interpretation (meaning of the law vs. letter of the law) will be conducted. Students will also examine how attorneys and courts use and apply the law. Students will explore case law and how it affects state law and the legal applications of the law. Students will also participate in interactive and fun classroom activities that include guest speakers from different local and state law enforcement agencies.Hands-on classroom activities will include:Crisis interventionVerbal judo (certification)Fingerprinting, DNA fingerprints, and advanced crime scene investigative techniquesStudents will learn how to obtain filed off serial numbers from metal such as guns or VIN numbers from vehiclesStudents will obtain better radio usage, dispatch operations, communications for criminal justice, report writing techniques, practical applications of evidence triangulation and documentation,Students can obtain CPR / First aid and AED for first responders,Critical incident evaluations / methodsDetailed enforcement in trafficTraffic control and methodsCommunity safetyMental health issues, evaluations for first responders, and responding to the mental health crisisStudents will learn basic arrest control techniquesAdvanced and enhanced forensic techniques will be learned, such as fuming for fingerprints, using alternate light sources and regents, utilizing chemical-based science such as luminal to detect blood, analyzing injuries and in-depth crime scene documentation and photography, Digital fingerprinting techniques, heated fingerprint obtainment, Evidence collection methods, and documentation.Coming Soon Pending Funding and Purchase Approval:Driving simulatorFATS machine simulatorOther Opportunities:***Official Certifications in finger printing and other areas that count towards college courses and/or employment in the criminal justice field***Ability to Letter in South Criminal Justice***Criminal Justice Club: Meets afterschool and on weekends for extended hands on activites and field tripsFor more information email Mr. Hart or call 549-7255.