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Prison Term Policy Recommendation Proposal

Prison Term Policy Recommendation Proposal

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Resource: Classical School of Thought in Criminology located on the student website in Criminology in the 21st Century.

Imagine the following scenario:

You are the criminologist advisor to a member of the state legislature. The legislature will soon vote on a bill that, if it passes, would double the maximum prison term for anyone convicted of armed robbery. Your boss knows the bill is popular, but wonders if it will do much good.

Consider policy making as it relates to criminal offenses. What recommendations would you make? What are the reasons for your recommendations? Is this a good bill or a bad bill? Is this bill effective?

Prepare a 750- to 1,050-word proposal addressing the following:

Objectives of the bill
Goals of the bill
Possible solutions for the bill
Justification for why the bill should be approved or not

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The objectives of a bill that seeks to double a prison system for armed robbery would be focused on serving as a deterrent to this crime. By doubling the sentence the objective is to send a message to potential robbery suspects that committing this crime would result in astronomical prison sentences. The purpose of these objectives is to give a false sense of security to the public and provide politicians with a sound-bite that is nice to hear but inadequate and ineffective. This law would not serve the intended purposes and would actually face several drawbacks and potential downfalls. The use of this law would also infringe upon 8th Amendment rights for suspects who are convicted of an armed robbery as it possibly constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

The obvious goals of such a bill would be to reduce the number of armed robberies committed within the state. Armed robberies can be a traumatic experience for the victims and this crime does involve the use of a dangerous weapon and threats of violence. Therefore, the crime is not a minor offense and does have serious ...

Solution Summary

A prison term policy recommendation proposal is examined.