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Some research topics to consider include the examination of adult and juvenile offender characteristics, sentencing trends, correctional facility overcrowding, justice system expenditures, treatment programs, minorities in the juvenile justice system, juvenile court cases, and criminal history records.

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What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice encompasses the systems of law enforcement, the bar, the judiciary, and corrections that are directly involved in the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration, and supervision of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses.

Law enforcement is the governmental department charged with the regulation and control of the affairs of a community, and is now chiefly the department established to maintain order, enforce the law, and prevent and detect crime.

The bar includes both attorneys, and the profession of law.

The judiciary is the branch of the criminal justice system concerned with the administration of justice, and includes the system of courts in a country, and judges collectively.

Corrections is both the treatment of offenders through a system of penal incarceration, rehabilitation, probation, and parole, or the administrative system by which these are effectuated.


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