Crime and punishment affects the lives of all Americans. It is a regular topic in traditional and social media platforms and affects society in a variety of ways. From the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, the events of 9/11, changes in crime trends, immigration, police use of force, and more, policing and criminal justice is woven into the American experience. Students will examine areas in which these events have transformed the criminal justice system and how the criminal justice response transformed society.