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Instructions: Use the definitions below to discover the correct term and then find the term in the puzzle.


  1. A written request to a higher court to modify or reverse the judgment of a trial court or intermediate-level appellate court.

  2. When law enforcement detains and holds a criminal suspect or suspects.

  3. A court officer responsible for executing writs and processes, making arrests, and keeping order in the court.

  4. A district established within a state judicial system or the federal judicial system.

  5. An action taken by a person or a group of people that violates the rules of society to the point that someone is harmed or society’s interests are harmed.

  6. A social institution that has the mission of controlling crime by detecting, detaining, adjudicating, and punishing and/or rehabilitating people who break the law.

  7. An act or the threat of an act that inhibits or prevents another act.

  8. The power of a criminal justice official to make decisions on issues within legal guidelines.

  9. An offense punishable by a sentence of more than a year in state or federal prison and sometimes by death.

  10. A minor criminal offense punishable by a fine and/or jail time for up to one year.

  11. A state or federal institution that confines people convicted of crime who are serving sentences for longer than a year.

  12. The suspension of all or part of a sentence subject to certain conditions and supervision in the community.

  13. Correcting the offender’s behavior and giving him or her the skills and ability to survive in society without violating the law.

  14. An alternative justice model that uses community programs to repair the harm done by offenders.

  15. Punishment that is considered deserved.

  16. The punishment that a person convicted of a criminal offense is ordered by a judge to receive.

  17. An official of a county or parish who primarily carries out judicial duties.

  18. The rules, habits, and customs a society uses to enforce conformity to its norms.

  19. A process by which individuals acquire a personal identity and learn the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to their society.

  20. The idea that we must look beyond the obvious to evaluate how our social location influences how we perceive society.

  21. Small-scale, person offenses such as single-victim homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, and vandalism.

  22. Governmental policy aimed at reducing the sale and use of illegal drugs.

  23. A nonviolent criminal offense committed during the course of business for financial gain.


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