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Reaction Paper No. One
Should local law enforcement
officials enforce national immigration laws?
Reaction Paper No. Two
Sexual Aggression against female college students (Joseph, page 19), Joseph says
that men and women have different perceptions of sexual aggression. Is Joseph
correct? If so, why? If not, why?
Reaction Paper No. Three
Historical Information in Chapter Six of Shusta, the states that the fact of
African Americans having been slaves in this country has created psychological
and social problems for Blacks and Whites for generations to come. Is this true
for one or both races? What are the implications for the criminal justice
Reaction Paper No. Four
According to McGee (Joseph, Chapter 14 Weapons-Related Victimization among
Urban High School Students, p197), a study of personality differences that lead
to variations in the ability to cope among urban minority youth within these
war zone environments will contribute significantly to the development of
these abilities that will allow individuals to avoid many of the negative life
outcomes described. Is there a Nature versus Environment argument in this
study? If not, why not? If so, which do you think is the prevalent factor?
Reaction Paper No. Five
According to Shusta (p430), there are seven steps that the criminal justice
system can take in order to reduce the incidence of racial profiling. Of the
seven, which to you think might be the most effective and the least effective?
Project Paper Topics
How does law enforcement balance the
need to reduce crime and fight terrorism against the potential for accusations
of discrimination, raced based policing and stereotyping?
Explain and explore the difference
between hate crimes and traditional crimes.
Why has the implementation of
anti-drug laws been viewed as unfair to minority groups?
Why is police discretion to arrest
domestic violence offenders considered to be a serious criminal justice
Define and explore the
intergenerational cycle of incarceration.
Differentiate between the sentencing
disparity issues of dealing with similarly situated men and women convicted of
identical offenses. Focus on specific cases and outcomes.
What role does the interaction of
race and gender play in judicial discretion to dismiss chares against
juveniles? Focus on specific cases and research.
Explain and explore the development
of sexual harassment law.
How can increased cultural awareness
make the criminal justice system more effective? Focus on specific cases and
communications. Explore verbal and non-verbal communication techniques that can
improve the ability of first responders to communicate with victims, witnesses
and offenders. Focus on specific techniques that are supported by your
- Describe the over-representation
of African Americans in the penal system. Provide an analysis of the possible
reasons for the over-representation and potential solutions.
- Describe the community orientated
policing model and its development. Provide an analysis of the uses and
limitations of the model in minority communities. Provide specific examples.
- Shusta et al gives specific
recommendations to law enforcement personnel as to how to improve
communications with minority communities. Provide an analysis of why law
enforcement personnel should consider alternative means of communications.
Provide specific examples.
- Present a narrative outline of
racism in the United States. Begin with the overt racism of slavery and
continue through the institutional racism of today. Provide specific examples
of legislation that may not on the face of it be racist, but does have a
disparate affect on minority communities.
- Describe the history of women in
law enforcement. Provide an analysis of the barriers to womens full
participation. Specifically, include the police sub-culture, sexual
harassment, hiring practices and a general societal view.
Papers Students will be required to write
five typed, 1-2 page reactions to subjects identified by the instructor. The
instructor will provide more information concerning Issue Paper expectations
during class. The paper will graded on content as well as exposition. The due
dates of the reaction papers are listed on the syllabus and course website.
Late papers will lose one letter grade per week. Papers more than three weeks
late will not be accepted.
Project Paper -
Students will be
required to write a typed, 5-7 page analysis of a course related issue
identified by the instructor. The student will have a choice of ten issues
which are listed on the course website. At a minimum, it is expected that the
students will produce an academically sound and properly formatted work (APA
format is strongly encouraged). The instructor will provide more information
concerning Issue Paper expectations during class. The papers are graded on
content as well as exposition
Examination The final examination will
consist of two essay questions and
will be cumulative.
Shortly after the Mid-Term, and as a means of preparing for the final, the
instructor will provide the students with five essay questions, two of which
will be the final examination. Although this is not an open book test,
students may use any notes they took during class or while studying for the
final examination. They must be the students notes refer to the syllabus
section on ethical conduct for further information.