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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss social control and the importance of socialization.

  2. Outline how the U.S. criminal justice system protects individual rights.

  3. Understand society’s two broad ways of controlling crime.

  4. Define crime and criminal justice.

  5. Talk about the importance of discretion.

  6. Explain the relationship among local, state, and federal levels of criminal justice.

  7. List and briefly explain the five basic goals of the criminal justice system.

  8. Describe the role that social institutions other than the criminal justice system play in social control.

  9. Explain why the criminal justice system is the institution of last resort.

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