Are you considering a career in criminal justice? Are you fascinated by criminal cases that you hear about in the news? Or would you like to learn more about police dogs and how officers address situations involving animals? This semester MxCC is offering a series of courses on unique topics related to the Criminal Justice field. These classes have limited enrollment and are open to ages 16 and up. Register early!
The City of Corrections
This class connects students to the world of the State of Connecticut’s Department of Corrections. You are introduced to the DOC thru an interactive lecture and practical exposure that consists of various correctional staff as guest speakers. The historical origin of the DOC, and how it has progressed into current times is covered with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration. Students are introduced to the organizational structure of the DOC and how it operates to ensure public safety, staff wellness, and efficiency. This is an opportunity to become exposed to various correctional jobs, policies, practices, and structure including Correctional Warden, Correction Officer, K-9 Unit, CERT Team, Gang Intelligence Unit, Security Division, and Parole and Community Services. You will receive a tour of one of the state’s correctional facilities, Cheshire Correctional Institution. The size limit on the tour is TBD. During this tour students will view the Young Adult Offender Program where offenders are paired with mentors in order to rehabilitate them. Students must provide their own transportation to the Cheshire Correctional Institution on the day of the tour.
Famous Cases Revisited
Have you ever been fascinated by the criminal cases in the news? This course covers some major contemporary criminal cases that have been prominent with the field of criminal justice to include – Michael Ross, Steven Avery, Charles Manson, Casey Anthony, Timothy McVeigh, Cheshire Home Invasion, Jack Kevorkian, John Allen Muhammad etc. In the course, students look at the elements of each case and the trials that ensued. Learn to differentiate between credible and valid sources of information, and the impact of the media on public perception of these cases.
Defending the Disadvantaged
Get a first-hand candid perspective from CT Public Defender Dawn Bradanini as she battles in the trenches of the CT Judicial System to defend the disadvantaged. Attorney Bradanini discusses the ethical and legal issues surrounding her role as public defender and defending the innocent, as well as the guilty. The challenges facing the CT Judicial System in regards to the budget crisis, staffing shortage, racial disparities, and the heroin epidemic are covered. Attorney Bradanini also discusses the history and evolution of the public defender’s office in CT.
OJ Simpson: The Trial of the Century
If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit,” but are you convinced? A white bronco speeding down a California freeway – Innocent? Where are the “Dream Team” and OJ now? The saga began in June of 1994 with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. OJ Simpson’s double – murder trial, dubbed the “Trial of the Century” is dramatized from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense. John Travolta and Cuba Gooding, Jr. play riveting roles in the Netflix series American Crime Story – the People v. OJ Simpson. In this course students examine the murder trial piece by piece. Students also discuss the media’s spin on the trial as well as many of the theories in the case.
Forensic Audio and Video Analysis
Over the past 10 years the use of security cameras has increased dramatically.
Audio and Video recordings can provide a real-time, eye-witness account of crimes and accidents so investigators can watch and listen to what happened. For some crimes and accidents, however, high quality video and audio is not always available. Brightening, sharpening, color correcting, and making speed adjustments on security camera video footage can dramatically improve the footage, which provides a clearer picture of what occurred. Suspects can be identified from video footage by freezing frames, enhancing, enlarging and outputting photos which can be posted online for the public to help identify. Audio recordings such a 911 calls can be similarly enhanced to remove noise and clarify speech. Recordings can be checked for authenticity – to check if the footage has been tampered with or edited. Learn about current forensic analysis tools and gain a basic understanding of how to view and enhance basic security camera footage and audio recordings using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite with in-class, hands on examples.
The course is designed to provide students with an overview of the use of specially trained dogs (K-9’s) in law enforcement. Topics include: training, patrol work, special detection, community relations, search and rescue, liability, K-9 psychology, and special care required for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the canine. The course will also illustrate the distinction between working dogs and pets.
Animal Control Officers
The course provides you with an overview of the daily operation of animal control officers as a branch of law enforcement. Topics include: training, response, animal cruelty, community relations, liability, rabies, public health, zoonotic diseases, and population control. The course also illustrates the distinction in the policy and procedures of various municipalities. Students participate in an animal CPR class at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center. Students must provide their own transportation to Pieper.