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Punishment for Sex Offenders

Discuss the constitutional issues with regard to some extreme methods of punishing dangerous sex offenders, such as castration and permanent civil confinement. Are these methods really not punitive measures as the courts have suggested? What potential rights are at stake here?

Racial Profiling

Present your views on the statement that "it is the job of the police to catch criminals, and they know from experience who is likely to be an offender." Specifically examine racial profiling in your response.

Advancements in Criminal Justice Field

Identify three changes expected in the criminal justice field over the next 50 years and analyze the current state of the area or issue, the effect it will have on the criminal justice system, and your opinion whether or not it is beneficial or detrimental to society as a whole.

Brown vs. Mississippi

Discuss the significance of Brown v. Mississippi with regard to the debate on the right to torture suspected terrorists.

Police Power

In this solutin the origins of the power that police have is discussed beginning with the fact that the power of policing the population is first issued through legislative measures that criminalize or outlaw certain behaviors. In-depth discussion on this and its relation to the constitution is provided.

Highway Patrol: Case Study

George is a college student in North Carolina. Every weekend, he drives into Georgia to visit his family. George's family is well-respected and are influential members of their community. They are wealthy enough to give George a good education and supply him with an upscale, flashy, and expensive automobile. George is very re

Correctional System as a Tool for Punishment & Rehabilitation

The U.S. correctional system can serve two specific functions in relation to criminal offenders. First, it can serve as a tool for punishing the offender and making the offender pay for his/her crimes. Second, it can serve as a means to rehabilitating the offender and preparing him/her for successful reentry into society. 1.

This post addresses topics in crime and criminal law.

Do you think it is beneficial for criminal justice professionals to agree that crime is "functional" in nature? Why? How could crime help private business? Identify 10 industries or companies that could benefit from crime. Are there problems inherent in organizations benefiting from criminal activities? Why? Should or

Exclusionary Rule

Some conservative commentators and a few judges say that the exclusionary rule is no longer necessary to deter police misconduct. You work as a lawyer in a local law firm. Your supervisor asks you to analyze the utility of the exclusionary rule: A list of the possible remedies when the police violate a defendant's constitutio

Illegal Stop and Search

You are a sergeant in the patrol division of a local law enforcement agency. A few officers in your department illegally stop and search a car. One of the car passengers had stashed drugs under the seat, and the officers found those in the course of their search. The Chief asks you if you know any way in which to charge the pass

Preventing Recidivism in Prisons

You are a prison warden in one of the federal prisons that does not allow conjugal visits for prisoners. You believe that prison-based programs such as conjugal and familial visitations are effective in reducing recidivism. What five pieces of evidence would you need to gather support for the implementation of these programs

Should evidence from a warrantless search be admissible

During a warrantless search of a defendant's apartment, the police find a letter indicating that the defendant, John Smith, keeps the drugs he sells in a closet in his mother's house. On the basis of the letter, a magistrate issues a search warrant for Smith's mother's house, and the police search reveals drugs in the closet. In

Do the Ends Justify the Means? A Case Study

To Catch A Predator is a popular weekly news show on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network. This show, with the help of an online watchdog group, Perverted Justice, attempts to nab child sex abusers who contact and trap children through the Internet. This show exposes predators irrespective of age, race, socioeconomic

The US Criminal Justice System: Lenient or Not?

The murder of 12-year old Polly Klaas by a paroled felon in 1993 led Californian votes to approve an initiative, three-strikes laws that mandated prison terms of 25-years-to-life for defendants convicted of a third felony. The law also doubled minimum terms for second time offenders. The state of Washington adopted a three s

Criminal Justice: Crime as Functional

Do you think it is beneficial for criminal justice professionals to agree that crime is "functional" in nature? Why? How could crime help private business? Identify 10 industries or companies that could benefit from crime. Are there problems inherent in organizations benefiting from criminal activities? Why? Should organi

First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion

How would the First Amendment prohibition on the government establishment of religion and its guarantee of freedom of religion apply to the following circumstances: Congress passes a law requiring all children to attend any church of their parents' choice every week. The President issues an executive order that federal ed

Should the Jury be able to ask Questions?

Do you think jurors should be allowed to ask questions during a criminal trial? What if they ask improper questions such as "How many times has the defendant been arrested before and for what?" What are some reasons?

Pleading Guilty to a Felony Charge

Is it ever advisable to plead guilty if charged with a felony? What pleas are available to a person charged with a felony, and what is the effect of each plea? How do you think it affects the prosecutor's burden of proof?

Trial and Evidence in the O.J. Simpson Case

What are the details and implications of the O.J Simpson trial? What are the details of the defense and prosecution, and what were the multiple forms of evidence presented?

Drinking and driving statutes in Georgia

Locate the statutes related to drinking and driving in the state of Georgia. Provide the proper bluebook citation for the statute and a basic breakdown of the statute, including when someone will be charged with a DUI, the penalties, and also what might happen to repeat offenders.

Darryl Hunt Case (1984)

In regards to the Darryl Hunt case from 1984: The blood type did not match the assailant's; could this be ignored today? Why or why not? Explain. Are crimes still tied together today? Explain. With today's studies, it is realized that most murders or rapes are intraracial, not interracial. Should people have realized that i

Social Change and Criminal Justice

A recent event has caused uproar in demands for law enforcement to be attentive to activities that could lead to terrorism or gang activity. Race has been a source of controversy because of the stereotypes and labels put on individuals from certain races and religious backgrounds. Opinions about issues in society are often th

Choice Theories Crime

Identify and describe choice theories and how they relate to crime. Additionally, list and describe the common models in how society determines which acts are considered to be criminal and how it impacted by choice theories of crime.

Knowledge Economy

It has been argued that the United States' economy is shifting from a manufacturing base to a knowledge economy. What is a knowledge economy? What changes will be necessary for the shift to a knowledge economy?

The Role of Parole in State Corrections

1. Discuss the role of parole in state corrections today. 2. How does it comare to the federal system? 3. Explain the puropse of parole and how a prisoner becomes eligible. 4. Explain the role of the parole officer. 5. Discuss the pros and cons of the parole system, with examples.