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The Role of Ideology, Public Opinion, and Media in the Policy Making Progress

1. Explain how public opinion and media participate in the policy making process. Please give an example.

2. Explain the role of ideology in the policy making process. Please give an example.

3. What do you believe is or should be the major goal of the criminal justice system? Why?

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1. Explain how public opinion and media participate in the policy making process. Please give an example.

Public opinion and the media can play an instrumental role in shaping the policy making process and an example of this would be the creation of unequal crack cocaine drug laws during the 1980s. During this time, a previously nonexistent drug emerged from a widely used drug, which was cocaine. To make "crack" required powdered cocaine, which had been around for a long time in the United States drug scene. The onslaught of the crack era resulted in farfetched and unscientific claims made by those within the media to scare the public into believing that crack was an epidemic. Despite the fact that it was a dangerous drug, it was no more dangerous, pharmacologically speaking, than cocaine and less dangerous than drugs such as heroin, LSD, and other hard drugs.

Because of the biased media attention given to crack and the public ...

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The expert explains how public opinion and media participate in the policy making process and the role of ideology in the policy making process. Examples are provided.

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