Catalogue 2014 - 2015

CJ 306 Disability and Mental Health Issues in Criminal Justice

Credits

3 cr.

Prerequisite

CJ 101, or SO 101, and any 200 level course or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This course will explore contemporary issues surrounding criminal justice response to persons having mental, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities. Changes in the legal code governing patient rights, affirming the right of persons with mental illness to live in the community, in addition to deinstitutionalization in the 1960s set the stage for increased criminal justice involvement. Approximately 54 million Americans live with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1994) entitles people with disabilities to the same services as provided to others. ADA application to criminal justice policy will be addressed.

Cross Listed Courses

SO 306