Discussion Death Penalty

There is perhaps no more controversial, emotional and hotly debated issue in criminal justice than the death penalty. For this week’s discussion, listen to Dr. Sondervan discuss the step-by-step process that occurs during an execution.  Dr. Sondervan served as execution team commander when he was the Deputy Commissioner of Corrections for Maryland, when Maryland still had a death penalty.  Scroll down to Part III and Part IV and watch the six short video clips.  Wellford, Locke, Gambrills and Sondervan – 4.6  Reread the death penalty section in our text and do some research on your own.  Then answer the following questions to get the conversation going: What do you see as the pros… Read More

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Why So Many Inmates?

Now that we have studied the police, the courts, and corrections, let’s listen to Dr Wellford, UMCP, and Dr. Sondervan, UMUC, discuss why there are so many people in prisons.  Some of you touched on this topic in the previous discussions.  Let’s take a closer look at this challenging subject. Watch three short videos  Wellford, Locke, Gambrills and Sondervan – 4.2 (or google the videos)   The videos will lead us to questions we should all think about.  Choose two of the following questions to answer: Does Wellford believe that the fact that the United States has a large prison population has led to decreased crime? Explain. Wellford suggests applying a cost-benefit… Read More

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Supermax Prisons

Everyone working in corrections should have a working knowledge of supermax prisons. These prisons are for inmates who are the most violent and disruptive and cannot be effectively controlled in lower level security prisons. There is much disagreement between corrections practitioners, researchers, and certain inmate advocate groups on whether supermax prisons should be used and if they are effective. Review the several pages in our textbook that discuss supermax prisons and do some additional research on you own. Answer the following questions to get the conversation started: What are the advantages and disadvantages of supermax prisons? Do you think they are constitutional? If you were a state corrections commissioner, would you… Read More

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Corrections: Court Gives California More Time to Ease Prison Crowding

Let’s move into the topic of prisons. Consider the following excerpts from the New York Times and The Huffington Post and answer the questions that follow. Court Gives California More Time to Ease Prison Crowding “In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an order to reduce the prison population [in California], agreeing that dire conditions compromised the health and safety of prisoners and violated their constitutional rights against cruel and inhuman punishment. Since then, California officials have repeatedly sought extra time to address the problem. .. even as the judges granted more time to comply with the court order, they criticized the state’s efforts to delay the release of inmates,… Read More

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Gates-Crowley

Last week’s case study raised some critical issues, so let’s try another. Again, put yourself in the position of police chief. Examine this case study not as an individual of a particular race, but just as a chief who has to solve a problem. Engage in critical thinking from a leadership perspective. This is a recent case that you may recall. A white police sergeant arrested a black professor and the President weighed in, criticizing the police.   The quote below is from a newspaper article: “Professor Gates is jimmying his own locked door because he left his keys somewhere. Someone calls the police regarding this “suspicious” behavior — probably… Read More

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Diversity Issues

We have read about diversity issues and management issues. Racial issues are something everyone in policing must address.  Recent events in Ferguson and other towns remind us that this issue has not been resolved. Use the concepts discussed in the textbook and lectures, as well as outside sources, to develop your responses to this case study.   You are the police chief in a medium size city. The city is comprised of mostly white citizens but is diverse and also has large African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities. Your overriding goal is to have harmony and for people of all races to get along. You also want the community to… Read More

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criminal justice leadership

Let’s talk about criminal justice leadership this week. Leadership impacts every aspect of the criminal justice system and many of you are already in a CJ leadership role. Watch Part I of the Behan Interviews, “What is Leadership?”  (You may also want to watch the other three parts.)  Chief Behan Interviews (or find it online through google) Which of Chief Behan’s elements of leadership particularly resonate with you? Why? Do you disagree with any of his leadership points? Why? Give an example of how you could specifically apply one of his leadership suggestions.   Tie your answers back to our textbook and feel free to add any relevant personal experiences.

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Victims’ Issues

This week’s topic should resonate with those who have a specific interest in working with victims. Victims of crime are important to consider at every level of the criminal justice system. Victims had few rights and were treated very poorly by the system until recent years. As leaders in the criminal justice field it will be important for you to have a thorough understanding of these issues. View the Roberta Roper interviews. She is the parent of a murder victim and has spent the last 3 decades fighting for victims’ rights as a result of what happened to her daughter and how her family was treated by the criminal justice… Read More

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Culture Briefing of a country

The purpose of this paper is to brief colleagues who will be leading a new venture for your firm in this country. The focus should be on analysis rather than description.  While your readers need to know about geography, language & politics, more important are the less tangible issues as addressed in the Adler text.  The Adler text has many constructs that you would use for this paper (e.g., Hofstede’s concepts of individualism/collectivism, power distance & uncertainty avoidance). Select a country and offer a Culture Briefing of a country to include at a minimum: Identify your organization and the new venture product or service Location History Size Political System Economic… Read More

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Situational Leadership

Read Case 5.3, Getting the Message Across, in the Northouse 6th ed. text (pp. 113-114; if you are using Northouse 5th ed. see pp. 102).  Answer the 3 questions listed on pg. 114 (or 103), using the information on Situational Leadership discussed in Chapter 5.  In addition to the Northouse text, you should support your conclusions and recommendations throughout the paper with a minimum of two additional references.  The assignment should be between 3 pages, excluding the cover sheet & reference list.  Be certain to cite all sources appropriately. Post in the assignment folder (e.g., HW 2 Elgin).

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