According to the Death Penalty Information Center, death penalty states record higher murder rates than non-deathpenalty states. On January 1, 2014, the average murder rate among death penalty states was 4.7 per 100,000 population; for non-death-penalty states, the rate was 3.9. The South executes the largest percentage of offenders who are convicted of a capital crime (81 percent) and records the highest murder rate (5.5 murders per 100,000 people); the Northeast executes the fewest (0.2 percent) and records the lowest murder rate, 3.3. What conclusions might you draw from these data? How might we prevent geographical unfairness?
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The 10-member Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections is composed of Republican and Democrat federal and state congressional leaders, a federal judge, a U.S. attorney, a state warden, a professor, and representatives from local agencies. The members crossed political lines to issue a consensus-based report calling for the federal Bureau of Prisons to reduce its population by 60,000 inmates and reserve mandatory minimums for violent offenders only, and it urged Congress to create a path for prisoners who have served more than 15 years to apply for shorter sentences by asking their judges to give their cases a second look. How would you defend these reforms to persons who advocate for tough-on-crime approaches?
The National Resource Center for Justice Involved Women and the American Jail Association developed a series of eight jail tip sheets to facilitate the implementation of genderinformed approaches with women in jail. Each tip sheet includes a brief overview of the topic, selected evidence-based research findings, and brief action steps that jail leadership and staff can take to enhance gender responsive practices. Locate the tip sheets at cjinvolvedwomen.org/jail-tip-sheets. After reviewing the tip sheets, assume you are a jail administrator. How would you encourage “buy-in” from your jail staff to follow research-based guidelines and change your facility’s culture or norms that are based almost exclusively on gender neutral operational practices?
As the newly appointed director of prison education programming, you remember two things from your undergraduate corrections course: first, few inmates participate in prison education programs; second, while literacy alone will not prevent crime, it is one of the many skills needed to function well as a responsible and law-abiding adult in our society. Your warden would like to create a model prison education program and asks you (1) what can be done with little or no budget increase to encourage more inmates to participate in prison education and (2) how will you know whether your strategies have been effective? What will you tell the warden?
Which of the following are effective strategies for dealing with difficult group members (disruptive troublemakers)?
a. Provide opportunities for the difficult group member to air his/her disagreement, allowing whatever amount of time is necessary.
b. Permit the difficult member to interrupt the group proceedings so he/she can “blow off some steam.”
c. Encourage a competitive group climate where everyone is free to argue, disagree, and attempt to win points with the group.
d. Confront the difficult group member directly; if the entire group is affected, then the group as a whole should confront the troublemaker. “blow off steam” before it builds to an explosive point.
Should Americans de-emphasize speaking ability?
1. Should you expect ethnic minority group members to become more assertive and outspoken participators in small groups, even though this is not highly valued in their communities?
2. An anti-Bush website claims that, when commenting on gains in student achievement since the enactment of his “No Child Left Behind” legislation, George W. Bush produced this blooper in 2007: “As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” How would you determine whether the quotation is a hoax or the real thing?
“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers.” – Alexander Hamilton
The U.S. Constitution established a national government based on the principle of federalism – which delineated government responsibilities at the federal and state level. Although the word federalism does not appear in the U.S. Constitution, sections of the U.S. Constitution explain powers held solely by the federal government, shared by both the federal and state governments, and reserved to the states.
Watch Constitutional Hall Pass: Federalism, a brief video explanation of federalism from the National Constitution Center.
Since ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788, the federal….
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Current Events Research Paper
Draft a paper that critically analyzes a current, domestic or foreign political issue of importance to the United States. Students will (1) identify a current political event to analyze; (2) research and summarize the different approaches to understanding the political issue selected; (3) provide a clear, personal analysis of the issue and an explanation of the core values and assumptions that informs their analysis. The student will be expected to support their discussion with primary texts and pre-approved secondary sources (including, but not limited to the course text, online lectures, and a list of suggested online resources). Your paper should be 6–8 pages in length and include proper APA citation. Remember, you should utilize information provided from each….
Read the article carefully and completely. Take notes on the key points in each section and organize them in the following manner in preparation to write the paper.
a. The first paragraph of your essay: i. What is the author’s primary argument? You should be able to state this in one sentence. Be clear and concise.
ii. Summarize the source material used to defend the argument. Explain what types of sources are used (government documents, letters, military records, newspapers, books, other academic articles, etc.).
iii. To be clear: Source material is found in the bibliographic documentation provided by the author. Depending on your article, this documentation can be found at the end of the article in a “Notes”, “Bibliography”, “References”, or “Works Cited” section. Some authors place this documentation at….
Industrial Revolution Report For this assignment, students will report on one aspect of the Industrial Revolution. Choose from one of the following topics for your essay:
● Growth of Industry; ● Growth of Cities; ● New Immigration or ● Organized Labor
Write an essay and include the following: • A general description • The cause and effect • The positives and negatives • A concluding paragraph giving your personal response to the effects on society today of your topic.
Citations: The information found in the textbook is useful, but students will need to use two additional sources. Cite all sources, and include this information on the bottom of the last page of your research. **Any assignments received without citations will be returned. Students should include pictures, photos, creative….