Course Overview

The Criminal Justice DSST exam covers the material that would typically be taught in an undergraduate introductory course on the American criminal justice system. InstantCert's course for this subject starts out with a look at crime in the United States; it then goes on to look at our system for enforcing laws and punishing and rehabilitating offenders.

Topics Covered in This Course

Criminal Behavior

Defining crime
Crime in the United States
Theories of crime
Types of crime
Measurement of crime
Juvenile delinquency

Criminal Justice System

Historical origins and legal foundations
Due process
Criminal justice agencies


History and organization
Societal role and function
Issues and trends
Occupational characteristics

Court System

Organization and structure
Adult court systems
Juvenile court
Pretrial, trial and post-trial processes
Sentencing issues and trends


Intermediate sanctions
Adult prison systems
Juvenile correction alternatives
Capital punishment
Prison organization
Inmate characteristics
Issues and trends

Customer Test Results for the Criminal Justice Dantes

250 users submitted test results since January, 2009
239 of those users reported a passing score (96%)

The following are a sample of the test results submitted by members who’ve taken the Criminal Justice DSST exam after using InstantCert’s study program. These are unfiltered, unedited results and this list is automatically updated to show the ten most recent results:

December 16, 2014 User  passed with a score of 409 out of 500
December 12, 2014 User  passed with a score of 428 out of 500
October 30, 2014 User  passed with a score of 446 out of 500
September 13, 2014 User  passed with a score of 460 out of 500
August 23, 2014 User  passed with a score of 449 out of 500
May 27, 2014 User  passed with a score of 412 out of 500
May 12, 2014 User  passed with a score of 455 out of 500
May 5, 2014 User  passed with a score of 440 out of 500
May 1, 2014 User  passed with a score of 443 out of 500
April 21, 2014 User  passed with a score of 428 out of 500

Free Sample Questions For The Criminal Justice DSST

Get a taste of the InstantCert study experience with five actual flashcards pulled from our database. Remember, you're not expected to know anything about the subject beforehand. Just read the question, think about what the answer might be (typing it is optional), and then click "Continue" when you're ready to see the answer and explanation.

Question 1 of 5

_______________ is one of the three major subsystems of the criminal justice system, referring to the vast network of administrative agencies and programs used to investigate, house, and treat alleged or adjudicated offenders.

Your Answer:  

Related Exams with Overlapping Subject Matter

The Criminal Justice exam has significant overlap with the Introduction to Law Enforcement DSST exam. Studying for both exams at the same time will greatly improve your score on both exams.