Lesson 1: Crime and Punishment:
- Provides an overview of what the criminal justice system is and what it is comprised of
- Defines and explains what laws are, their purpose, and who makes them
- Explains exactly what a crime is and what makes a person a criminal
- Defines what misdemeanors and felonies are and contrasts the two
- Explains the purposes of punishments administered by the criminal justice system and describes the different types of punishments given out
Lesson 2: Think and Care
- Trains participants to anticipate and foresee the consequences of their actions, and to care about the harms they can cause
- Explains how failure to think and care about one’s actions can cross into unlawful and punishable behavior
- Explains the different states of mind that can make a person culpable for a crime
- Teaches participants to consider and reflect on the best courses of action when presented with questionable or suspicious situations that may lead to negative interaction with the criminal justice system
- Educates learners on the importance of empathy with regard to decision-making
Lesson 3: Property Crimes
- Define and address the crimes of larceny, embezzlement, robbery and burglary.
- Explain how one can be accused of shoplifting even if he had no intention of stealing.
- Explore things participants can do to avoid becoming a victim of robbery and burglary.
- Define and address the crimes of arson and vandalism.
Lesson 4: Crimes Involving Violence
- Define and address the crimes of assault, battery, murder, and manslaughter
- Explore the different mind states that make a person guilty of murder.
- Explain the difference between murder and manslaughter.
- Help participants recognize and identify what does and what does not constitute adequate provocation with regard to voluntary manslaughter.
- Explain the different types of involuntary manslaughter.
- Encourage participants to reflect on one’s personal responses and consequences towards the use of violence
Lesson 5: Incomplete Crimes
- Define what inchoate crimes are
- Help participants determine the dangers of agreeing to help or cooperate with people who engage in illegal activities
- Encourage participants to anticipate consequences of engaging in certain criminal activities.
- Explain the requirements for withdrawing from a conspiracy.
- Encourage analysis and discussion of the fairness/unfairness of being responsible for another person’s crimes.
Lesson 6: Bullying
- Demonstrate how certain acts of bullying may also be the crime(s) of assault and/or battery.
- Identify ways in which use of digital means to bully others may lead to being charged with certain crimes
- Discuss non-legal consequences of bullying and cyberbullying.
- Provide strategies for combating
Lesson 7: Knowing and Asserting Your Rights
- Describe the purpose of the Constitution of the United States
- Summarize the rights protected by the Fourth Amendment
- Define the right against self- incrimination
- Instruct participants on examining a search warrant
- Explain the importance of Miranda rights
- Recount and recite Miranda Rights
- Demonstrate how to determine whether you’re being detained or arrested
- Help participants recognize WHEN to invoke their right to remain silent
- Demonstrate to participants HOW to invoke their right to remain silent
- Explain the difference between an arrest warrant and a search warrant
- Demonstrate the proper way to refuse a search of your property
- Help participants recognize police interrogation techniques
- Describe proper behavior when encountering law enforcement
- Explain the three types of police encounters
- Describe proper ways to handle verbal assaults by law enforcement
- Describe proper ways to handle physical assaults by law enforcement
- Explain how to address police misconduct
Lesson 8: Drug Crimes
- Define what a drug is and what it does
- Compare and contrast legal versus illegal drugs
- Discuss why the government prohibits completely from being distributed and used
- Foster reflection on the personal (non-legal) consequences of illegal drug use
- Encourage participants to recognize the legal consequences of illegal drug possession and use
- Identify the different ways that marijuana is treated in different states as well as how it is treated by the federal government
- Identify the dangers of prescription drug misuse
- Help participants recognize dangers of alcohol use