The word count must be at least 1100 words and three scholarly references in APA format. (References does not count towards word count!!)
1. Summarize how the criminal justice system responds to crime. In other words, describe the steps or stages involved in the system’s response to a crime.
2. Discuss some of the potential effects of the news media presenting an unbalanced picture of overall crime (skewed toward sensational crimes) on the criminal justice system and society in general.
3. Which levels of government—federal, state, and local—bear most of the costs of criminal justice in the United States? What percentage of the total budget for those levels is spent on criminal justice? Should more money be spent? Why or why not? If so, in what level of government should the money be spent? Why?
4. Point out major differences between Packer’s crime control and due process models. Based on your reading and the Attend section in Unit 1, which model (crime control or due process) is more effective in reducing crime? Respond in detail and support your position with facts or research.
Just like Section 1, the word count must be at least 1100 words and three scholarly references in APA format. (References does not count towards word count!!)
1. Discuss in detail whether illegal drug use, prostitution and gambling fit the seven elements of a crime from Chapter 2. Include in your discussion whether these three crimes should be considered mala in se or mala prohibita.
2. Explain the concepts of legal precedent and stare decisis.
3. In response to the sexual assault and murder of 7-year old Megan Kanka by a convicted sex offender out on parole and the public uproar that ensued, the state of New Jersey enacted “Megan’s Law.” The law, as originally passed, required sex offenders, upon their release from prison, to register with New Jersey law enforcement authorities, who are to notify the public about their release. The public was also to be provided with the offender’s name; a recent photograph; a physical description; a list of the offenses for which he or she was convicted; the offender’s current address and place of employment or school; and the offender’s automobile license plate number. Currently, all 50 states and the federal government have Megan’s laws that require sex offenders released from prison to register with local law enforcement authorities. Megan’s laws are not uniform across states. For example, not all states require active community notification; many of them (including the U.S. government) only make the information available to the public. Research your state’s Megan’s Law. Based on the ideal characteristics of a criminal law (see pages 96-97 in the text), is Megan’s Law a “good” law? Discuss each characteristic as it relates to the statute.
4. Describe the procedural Aboves in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments.