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 Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC). 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, Cherish 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.
Do Your Really Want to be a Lawyer?
So you think you want to be a lawyer! Are you interested in law but very nervous about taking any law course? Are you curious how to become a lawyer but have no idea how to begin? It is never too early to begin preparing. In this one-credit course, students will be introduced to the study of law. As a foundation, they will examine basic law principles, as well as how to begin law school, take the BAR exam, and become a judge.
Mind of a Serial Killer
Every wonder what in the world a person could be thinking? Students in this course will analyze and examine the mind of a serial killer. Students will begin by learning the basics of the criminal law system, from what happens from the time of the arrest to the time of prosecution and conviction. Students will then move into an examination of famous killers such as Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. In conclusion, students will take an in depth look at the inner workings of the mind and what makes these killers “tick.”
Forensic Firearms at Delta Arsenal
This course will explore the methodologies and practices used in firearms identifications and investigations. Students will explore the historical developments of firearms, the anatomy of various types of firearms, and forensic techniques used to identify weapons used in crimes. Students must provide their own transportation to Delta Arsenal. Must be 18 years old.
This hands-on workshop will expose students to the fundamental skills necessary for documenting, identifying, and developing latent fingerprints. Students will use both chemical and physical visualization techniques to include: fingerprint powders, magnetic powders, SPR, Cyanoacrylate fuming, iodine, crystal, and crystal violet.
Forensic Audio and Video Analysis
During the past 10 years, the use of security cameras has increased dramatically. Audio and video recordings can provide a real-time, eyewitness 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 may not always be 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 that 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.