some questions for discussion:
Identify other special populations of victims and what, if any, laws have been implemented on their behalf – local, state, or federal – as well as those listed in the text.
Determine victim/witness assistance programs in the state. Students can interview victims of crime known to them to determine if victims were informed of their rights and what, if any, rights and/or notifications were provided to them, and if they took advantage of the victims’ fund, and for what purposes.
While victims are provided a number of rights, notification and implementation are inconsistent, and where victims are kept informed, many victims do not take advantage of their rights, and there is no reduction in crime. Given this information and keeping in mind the resource crisis in the CJS, should victims’ rights programs and policies remain or be eliminated?
Debate the supply v. demand debate of guns. Should there be an effort to limit the manufacturing of guns given the 97 million available? What is the students’ interpretation of the Second Amendment’s “right to bear arms” statement?
If bans on guns do not reduce serious crimes, what actions can be taken to improve the safety of society? contemplate accidental shootings and suicides by young people. Consideration should also be given to the rare occurrence of school/campus shootings, especially the 2010 governmental report on violence on college campuses which demonstrated a sharp increase in assaults and shootings on campuses in the past 20 years.
Assignment 2: How Research Benefits the Criminal Justice System
Criminal justice research benefits society, the practitioner, and you as a student in many ways. The research provides a base of learning competencies regarding various criminal justice research methods related to criminology and crime, crime control, justice, and policy-making decisions.
As a student of criminal justice, you will be exposed to various practical research endeavors and designs in all areas of the criminal justice system. You will learn a variety of research methods and designs related to criminal justice data. Understanding criminal justice research will help you develop practical, critical, analytical, and thinking skills, both as an interpreter and user of criminal justice research and policy decision making.
- Access the databases of articles from each of the following websites:
- National Institute of Justice Data Collections
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service Databases
By Saturday, April 15, 2017, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:
- Discuss the researcher’s findings in the article you selected.
- What was the purpose of the study?
- Who was the audience for this study?
- What were the conclusions?
- What research methods were used to obtain these conclusions? Was it a qualitative or quantitative approach?
- Did the researchers use individual or aggregate data? Was it a cross sectional or a longitudinal study?
- What is the impact of the study? Will it impact a specific agency or was it an informational study?
By Wednesday, April 19, 2017, read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Consider commenting on the analyses your fellow students provided. Pose questions for your fellow students on any point you would like to explore further.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.