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Racial Bias in Death Sentence

In January 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a Texas defendant's conviction and death sentence because of racial bias by the prosecution in jury selection. Jonathan Bruce Reed, the defendant, had been convicted of murder in 1979 during a trial at which all five of the eligible African American pote

Biological Criminal Behavior

1. Should a police officer be sanctioned for drinking to excess in public and making a spectacle of himself or herself in a bar? Should it make a difference if the police officer is outside of his or her jurisdiction of employment? What private behaviors of police, if any, should be subject to sanction? Please explain your po

Criminal Justice Dilemmas

1. Do you think all criminal justice professionals do some type of scientific research (whether they realize it or not)? Give an example of two a criminal justice professional (attorney, police officer/detective, probation officer, professor/researcher, CSI, etc)? How would the research compare and how would their methods be dif

Reverse Discrimination in the Workplace

-What is "reverse discrimination" and how should an employer respond to an employee's claim of reverse discrimination? -Discuss the similarities and the differences between Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with 42 U.S.C. 1981.

Order-Liberty Tension

1. What is the Order-Liberty Tension? There have been various attempts to resolve this tension. Describe one: the U.S. Constitution of 1789. 2. It can be argued that the apparently clear promise of the 14th Amendment that the Federal government was to be the guarantor of individual rights in the states has never been full

Examining Theory Social Structures

Examining Theory Resource: Schmalleger F. (2012). Criminology today: An integrative introduction, (6th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Pick 1 theory from one of the chapters 6, 7 &, 8 Examples: Social Structure Theories, Social Conflict Theories, Social Learning Theories (you may discuss more than one

Ethics, Morals, Culture and Understanding Research Methods

1. If a person follows all laws, does that make them a moral person? Have you ever done something you knew to be wrong? Why did you do it? 2. If you had to choose one ethical system, which one most closely conforms to your own beliefs? Explain your answer. Can you think of any situations in which lying is ethically acceptable

Juvenile justice programs

Please help with the following assignment: Compare 2 different juvenile justice programs currently being implemented in large cities and rural towns. Address the following: - Compare and describe each program, including each program's goals - State the whether the chosen programs have proven successful. Why or why not.

Policing programs to reduce armed robberies by the homeless

Newly appointed Police Chief Alexandra Delatorre of the Anytown Police Department (APD) has been attending several town and city council meetings whereby she has heard numerous complaints about the increase in armed robberies being committed by the local transients (Homeless people) in and near the Anytown Gallery Shopping Mall.

Forensics: Exoneration by DNA

Create a presentation on an overview of the organization, including a summary of a case where DNA testing has exonerated an innocent person. Provide a brief description of the organization and how it was created. Research, identify, and chronicle a case where a defendant was exonerated by DNA evidence. Analyze and describe

Prosecutorial Misconduct

A Case of Prosecutorial Misconduct The Duke Lacrosse case began in March 2006 when a woman hired to strip at a team fraternity party accused three Duke University students of attacking her in a bathroom. The three students (members of the Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse team) were charged with first degree sexual offense, kid

Wrongful Convictions in Law

There are numerous reasons for wrongful convictions. Some of the most common are ineffectiveness of counsel, eyewitness or victim misidentifications, police errors, lost or tainted forensic evidences, and prosecutorial errors or misconduct. - What are some of the ways to lower the number of wrongful convictions? - Do you agr

Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Mandatory minimum sentences require an offender to serve a specified prison time. These sentences are usually imposed on drug offenders, repeat offenders, and those who use a weapon while committing a crime. The intent of mandatory minimum sentences is to punish offenders whose crimes are habitual or violent. During the 1980s,

Crime Control and Due Process Models

Compare the two competing systems of operation within the U.S. criminal justice system, the crime control model and the due process model. Analyze and describe the core philosophies of each of the models. Describe how these models differ in the criminal justice operations and actions by law enforcement officers, prosecutors,

Information Technology Systems in Police Departments

Explain why a police department would use any of these information technology systems for its community policing program. - The FBI's Uniform Crime Report database - Bureau of Statistics databases - COMPSTAT - National Crime Victimization Survey database - Computer-Aided Dispatch - Global Justice Information Network -

Computer Crimes and Terrorism in Law Enforcement Agencies

In the United States, a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, among others, have taken on roles to fight computer crimes and terrorism. Explain the existing challenges that result from the independent nature of these agencies, as well as the other factors that

Patrol division of police department

The patrol division of a police department is the lifeblood of how and where a majority of information flows into the organization. For police departments that either plan to or have already implemented a community policing program or project, one particular division that police officials address is patrol. The patrol officers o

Bloody Sunday: Video Review

Go to the following link http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/resources/vid/10_video_march_qt.html -Discuss the key points of the Bloody Sunday incident. -When and where did it occur? -What happened during the incident, and why did it happen? -What impacts did this event have on the relationship between the police a

Philosophy of Community Policing

-Discuss an overview of the philosophy of community policing, specifically addressing how effective community policing is in improving police-community relations. -Describe persuasive evidences of community policing being effective in controlling crime. -List types of patrols used, other than automobiles, to enhance visibili

Gun Control Legislation

Evaluated the effectiveness of gun control legislation. Analyzed and described the most effective strategy to reduce firearm violence. Identified and explained regulations on certain types of firearms such as handguns and assault weapons. Analyzed and justified whether private legal ownership of guns promotes violence or p

Police Force: Reasonable Vs. Excessive

The use of force by police officers can range from pushing and hitting to holding a citizen at gunpoint. Many of these encounters are precipitated by citizens resisting the police, arguing with the police, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The five factors that influence the use of force by law enforcement off

Criminal Behavior Theory

Discuss the major differences between the various theories which are used to explain criminal behavior? What theory in your opinion best explains this?

Comparing Various Management Approaches

Describe the participative management approach, along with its pros and cons. Describe the contingency management approach, along with its pros and cons. Describe the total quality management approach, along with its pros and cons. Discuss which of the three approaches should be used by the chief of police. Use referenc

Terrorism in wartime

Some terrorism analysts contend that the term "terrorist" is a tool used to demonize the opposing side. Accordingly, the only thing that separates a terrorist from a freedom fighter is the one who defines each as one or the other. Do you think that the term "terrorist" is a political tool that is used to diminish the legitimacy

Rank Structure in a Typical Police Department

Described the rank structure in a typical police department. Described the opportunities available for officers to advance in a typical police department. Discussed whether education has an impact on advancement in a police department. Discussed what other factors (besides education) are involved in the advancement of offi

Serial murder case: Aileen Wuornos

Collaborate as a mock behavioral research serial murder case: Aileen Wuornos - Repetitive patterns evident in criminal acts in detail. - Possible issues in development and life experience that may be identified as possible causes for prevalent criminality and psychopathology in detail.

Cultural change in criminal justice organization

Write a report suitable for review by top administrators in a criminal justice organization (police, courts, or corrections) on how a technological or cultural change (select one from the list below) might affect that organization. Provide recommendations for appropriate organizational adjustments that you feel should be made to

No-Knock Warrants

Review the conditions of a no-knock warrant. Describe what it is and how it is managed and implemented at the state and federal levels. Also, discuss the pros and cons of no-knock warrants. Do you believe their pros outweigh their cons or vice versa? Discuss the two most important arguments that support your viewpoint on no-k

Police Conflicts: Values, Crimes and Abuse of Authority

Described the conflict of values that many police officers face. Described the types of police crimes that some officers succumb to. Described the police's abuse of authority. Explained why police officers are at risk for these three problems. Discussed some of the strategies that the police can use to avoid these three