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The Justice System

What is the purpose of the justice system? Is it meant to punish or protect? Should we focus on compensating victims, rehabilitating offenders, or simply removing society's undesirables from sight? A lack of clarity on these questions has led to a justice system that is at times arbitrary and nonsensical. This course examines the ways the justice system fails us as citizens, and what we can do to make it better.

Course Lessons

Course Info

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Problems with the Justice System

Lecturer
Andrew Smith

In an effort to appear “tough on crime,” many of our justice system policies are illogical and unjust.

04/04/2015
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Asset Forfeiture

Lecturer
Andrew Smith

The concept of being innocent until proven guilty is a cornerstone of the American justice system, but civil asset forfeiture flips this tradition on its head.

04/03/2015
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Toward a More Rational Approach to Sentencing

Lecturer
Andrew Smith

Mandatory minimum sentences are big government in the courtroom, treating all offenders alike, regardless of individual circumstances.

04/02/2015
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Dealing with Young Offenders

Lecturer
Andrew Smith

Dealing with juvenile offenders requires special consideration, because a criminal conviction received in one’s teenage years can have consequences that last a whole lifetime.

04/01/2015