- Crime, Law, and Enforcement: Due Process
From minor infractions to identity theft and murder, this program sorts out categories of crimes and their severity, and lets viewers know what takes place during an arrest and arraignment.
With input from prosecutors, police officers, and other experts, the video also discusses some fairly common scenarios and their constitutional parameters. Can a students locker be searched without permission? When is evidence found without a warrant admissible in court? Should a suspect – even one who is innocent – plead the Fifth if arrested?
- Evidence and Forensics: Due Process
No matter how careful they are, criminals almost always leave some trace of their identity behind. In this program, legal and forensic experts explain different types of evidence and how each is gathered and used in court.
The work of various forensic specialists is described, and the Hollywood version of crime scene investigation is compared to what really happens at a site and in the lab. The video also looks at a few drawbacks of digital evidence and at how fingerprinting stacks up against DNA samples – the new gold standard in crime detection.
- Court, Trials, and Sentencing: Due Process
According to prime-time television, criminals are brought to justice in a speedy and efficient yet drama-filled manner. In reality, the process can be slow and meticulous, as rules must be followed to safeguard the defendants constitutional rights.
This program provides a solid grounding in the processes and players involved in the court system and takes viewers step by step through a trial and sentencing. Legal experts explain probable cause, plea bargaining, the types of witness testimony that might be challenged, and other key elements, including how juvenile offenders are dealt with.
- Crime, Law, and Enforcement Instructor’s Guide
- Evidence and Forensics Instructor’s Guide
- Court, Trials, and Sentencing Instructor’s Guide