Essays

SOCIOLOGY “Introduction to Sociology 2e” by OpenStax is licensed under CC BY 4.0

What type of criminological data can surveys gather? For what specific criminal justice topics would surveys be the best research method? What drawbacks might you expect to encounter when using a survey to measure criminal justice topics? To explore further, ask a criminal justice research question and write a hypothesis. Then create a survey of about six questions relevant to the topic. Provide a rationale for each question. Now define your population and create a plan for recruiting a random sample and administering the survey

American Government “American Government” by OpenStax is licensed under CC BY 4.0

In which areas do you think people’s rights and liberties are at risk of government intrusion? Why? Which solutions would you propose?

  • In your answer, explain why someone accused of a crime might negotiate a plea bargain rather than exercising the right to a trial by jury. What amendment might this weaken and how does plea bargaining weaken the Bill of Rights?

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  • IN your answer, What amendment addresses privacy rights for criminal justice and describe two ways in which new technological developments challenge traditional notions of privacy, potentially weakening the Bill of Rights?

Introduction to Criminal Justice “Introduction to Criminal Justice” by Adam McKee is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Describe the differences between the individual rights and public order perspective. AND Describe the need for a system of order maintenance within society and explain the role of law within that system.

Describe the role of each of the three branches of government in shaping the criminal justice system. AND Discuss the critical role of the Constitution of the United States in limiting criminal justice policy.

Explain the meaning of due process of law, and identify where due process guarantees can be found in American law. AND Define the Civil Rights Revolution and provide examples of case law that altered criminal justice procedure.

Explain the checks and balances that curtail the power of the courts. AND Explain the analogies of “layer cake” and “marble cake” used to describe federalism in the United States today.

Describe the role of legislative branch politics in shaping criminal justice policy. AND Explain Herbert Packer’s crime control model and due process model, giving examples of policies that would fit each.

Explain the meaning of due process of law, and identify where due process guarantees can be found in American law. AND Define the Civil Rights Revolution and provide examples of case law that altered criminal justice procedure.

Explain the concept of deterrence, and explain the elements necessary for it to work under rational choice theory. Additionally, explain rehabilitation as a goal of punishment, and provide an example of a rehabilitation program. Last, Explain the idea of retribution in criminal justice philosophy, and how it relates to the idea of just deserts.

Describe the doctrine of stare decisis and its impact on the American legal system.

AND Identify the various sources of law in America, and describe the nature of each. AND List and describe the limits placed on criminal statutes by the Constitution of the United States.

Compare and contrast the two major categories of legal defenses. AND Discuss the frequency and probability of success of the insanity defense.

List and describe the various steps on the criminal justice process. AND Describe how discretionary decisions impact case flow through the criminal justice system.