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Due Process: Understanding the US Criminal Justice System

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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.

Episodes:

  • Court, Trial and Sentencing

    According to prime-time television, criminals are brought to justice in a speedy and efficient yet drama-filled manner. In reality, the process can be slow and meticulous, as rules must be followed to safeguard the defendant’s constitutional rights. This program provides a solid grounding in the processes and players involved in the court system and takes viewers step by step through a trial and sentencing. Legal experts explain probable cause, plea bargaining, the types of witness testimony that might be challenged, and other key elements, including how juvenile offenders are dealt with.

    Length: 00:32:22
    Usage rights: 8/15/2013 to 8/14/2018
  • Crime, Law and Enforcement

    From minor infractions to identity theft and murder, this program sorts out categories of crimes and their severity, and lets viewers know what takes place during an arrest and arraignment. With input from prosecutors, police officers, and other experts, the video also discusses some fairly common scenarios and their constitutional parameters. Can a student's locker be searched without permission? When is evidence found without a warrant admissible in court? Should a suspect—even one who is innocent—"plead the Fifth" if arrested?

    Length: 00:32:03
    Usage rights: 8/15/2013 to 8/14/2018
  • Evidence and Forensics

    No matter how careful they are, criminals almost always leave some trace of their identity behind. In this program, legal and forensic experts explain different types of evidence and how each is gathered and used in court. The work of various forensic specialists is described, and the Hollywood version of crime scene investigation is compared to what really happens at a site and in the lab. The video also looks at a few drawbacks of digital evidence and at how fingerprinting stacks up against DNA samples—the new gold standard in crime detection.

    Length: 00:30:09
    Usage rights: 8/15/2013 to 8/14/2018

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