Oct 19, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

CRJ 326 Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System

3.0 Credit(s)
This course explores the relationship of mental disorders to crime and violence as well as the policies and programs concerning the treatment of individuals with mental problems in the criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on the deinstitutionalization movement that has shifted the mentally ill away from hospitals and into correctional facilities. At five times the general population, mental disorders are particularly prevalent in prison populations where appropriate  treatment is usually not provided This course will review the unique issues and best practices for each component of the criminal justice system - law enforcement, the courts and jails/prisons. The student will also learn about the psychological and social effects of violence on individuals and environments and the psychological effects of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue that CJS professionals often experience. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: CRJ101