Outcome: Crime and The Law

Describe the criminal justice system and types of crimes

Sanctions (formal, informal, positive, and negative) are applied to control deviance and crime. The death penalty is a formal negative sanction applied to those who commit murder in certain ways in specific states. In this section, you’ll examine the organization of the U.S. criminal justice system and read about crime and punishment in the United States.

What You’ll Learn To Do:

  • Understand the three branches of the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Evaluate U.S. crime statistics
  • Identify and differentiate between different types of crimes


The learning activities for this section include:

  • Reading: The Criminal Justice System
  • Reading: Criminal Activity
  • Self-Check: Crime and the Law