Topic: Prison Overcrowding
Type of paper: Essay (any type)
Discipline: Law : Criminal Justice
Format or citation style: APA
Competencies Addressed in the Assignment
Competency 2: Explain criminal justice concepts in application based settings.
Competency 3: Apply ethical principles and standards to criminal justice issues.
Competency 4: Analyze scholarly information and research findings through critical thinking to solve problems in criminal justice.
Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for criminal justice professionals.
Prison overcrowding is not just a problem for prison officials. Decisions made by law makers, police, and the courts have effects throughout the whole criminal justice system. The current overcrowding problem has been influenced by intentional decisions related to public policy, enforcement efforts, sentencing guidelines, funding, and many other criminal justice decisions. This assignment will guide you to consider prison overcrowding from the perspective of a criminal justice professional.
The grading criteria for this assignment are stated explicitly in the instructions below; however, you may also want to examine the Prison Overcrowding Scoring Guide to better understand the performance levels that relate to each grading criterion. Contact your instructor if you have any questions.
After you have watched the media scenario, Perspectives on Prison Overcrowding, place yourself in the role of one of the criminal justice professionals.
Follow the instructions bellow to complete first draft of a paper with two sections. Even though this assignment is a draft, it is very important that you complete it to the best of your ability.
Use the Prison Overcrowding Template, linked in the Resources, to organize a 4–6 page paper that includes the following:
Section 1 – Perspectives
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Analyze a criminal justice situation from a particular career perspective,” view the prison overcrowding situation from the particular perspective of the criminal justice role you are most interested in, and address the following:
How did the character in your chosen role view the situation differently from the characters in other roles?
What more might the character in your role need to know to further identify problems?
What are the biggest challenges the character in your role faces in the prison overcrowding situation?
How might the character in your role prioritize proposed solutions differently than other roles (such as the need to uphold prisoners’ rights and human dignity versus the need for public safety)?
Section 2 – Solutions
From the solutions in the media piece, Perspectives on Prison Overcrowding, choose three of the potential solutions to prison overcrowding that might have the most relevance to the character role you have chosen. Address the following:
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Evaluate the viability of solutions to a criminal justice situation and their impact on a selected role”:
Provide a brief analysis and summary of the solutions.
Explain why you chose these three solutions.
Assess how practical and beneficial each solution would be, and how it would affect your character’s job. Identify challenges that your character will have in implementing the solutions. Be sure you explain the reasons behind each of your judgments.
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Evaluate ethical considerations related to solutions for prison overcrowding,” apply principles that you learned in Unit 5 to point out any that each solution might involve challenges, compromises, or dilemmas regarding fairness, justice, or what is right.
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Communicate effectively in writing,” write clearly, with correct spelling, grammar, syntax, and good organization, following APA guidelines. Use the resources in the Academic Skill Building study to assist you in organizing and formatting your assignment.
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Properly organize written content in APA format,” include the following in your paper:
Note: The word Introduction is not used as a heading in APA format. Instead, the title of the paper is used for the heading.
Conclusion (that brings all main points together and reaches a final conclusion about the issue).
Be sure that all written content correctly organized within this structure, in compliance with APA guidelines. The template provided in the Resources will help you comply with APA style.
To demonstrate the grading criterion, “Support solutions with credible journal and Internet sources,” include information from at least one library and one Internet article to support your solutions. Provide in-text citations and references for sources.
Your completed assignment should be 4–6 pages in length of content, not counting the title page and reference page. Be sure you follow APA guidelines for formatting and referencing your resources.
This section appears at the end of each set of assignment instructions. It provides the specific details of expectations for the assignment.
Written communication: Should be free of errors that detract from the overall message. Use spell check in Word to confirm spelling and grammar.
Font and font size: Use Times New Roman, 12 point.
Length: 4–6 pages not counting title page and reference page, double spaced.