Introduction to Crime and The Law

What you’ll learn to do: describe the U.S. criminal justice system and types of crimes

Pictured is the hallway of a correctional facility.

Sanctions (formal, informal, positive, and negative) are applied to control deviance and crime. For example, 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.