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Course Description Beginning in the 1970s, the United States has seen a shift in punishment philosophies, which has resulted in one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. This course will provide an analysis of these decisions and their implications as related to the various components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, and corrections) as well as society.

Course Textbook Mallicoat, S. L., & Gardiner, C. L. (Eds.) (2014). Criminal justice policy [VitalSource Bookshelf version].

https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781544302683

Course Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Analyze the components of criminal justice policy. 2. Explain the policy-making process in homeland security. 3. Examine the elements of law enforcement policy. 4. Analyze correctional policies in the United States. 5. Critically analyze the court’s role in shaping public policy. 6. Debate the effectiveness of drug policies in the criminal justice system. 7. Examine juvenile justice policies. 8. Theorize the impact of sex-offender policies. 9. Assess the impact of victimization on public policy.

10. Predict the future of criminal justice policy.

Academic Integrity Honesty and integrity are taken very seriously at Waldorf University. All students should be familiar with the Waldorf University Academic Integrity Policy (found in the current Student Handbook) and the consequences that will result from breaches of this policy.

Credits Upon completion of this course, the students will earn three (3) hours of college credit.

Course Structure

1. Study Guide: Each unit contains a Study Guide that provides students with the learning outcomes, unit lesson, required reading assignments, and supplemental resources.

2. Learning Outcomes: Each unit contains Learning Outcomes that specify the measurable skills and knowledge students should gain upon completion of the unit.

3. Unit Lesson: Each unit contains a Unit Lesson, which discusses lesson material. 4. Reading Assignments: Each unit contains Reading Assignments from one or more chapters from the textbook

and/or outside resources.

CRJ 6800, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and the Socio-Cultural System Course Syllabus

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5. Suggested Reading: Suggested Readings are listed in each unit’s study guide. Students are encouraged to read the resources listed if the opportunity arises, but they will not be tested on their knowledge of the Suggested Readings. Chapter presentations are provided in the Unit I-III and V-VIII study guides as Suggested Reading to aid students in their course of study.

6. Learning Activities (Non-Graded): These non-graded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their course of study.

7. Discussion Boards: Discussion Boards are a part of all Waldorf courses. Information and specifications regarding these assignments are provided in the Course Policies listed in the Course Menu bar.

8. Unit Assessments: This course contains five Unit Assessments, one to be completed at the end of Units I-V. Assessments are composed of written response questions.

9. Unit Assignments: Students are required to submit for grading Unit Assignments in Units I-VIII. Specific information and instructions regarding these assignments are provided below. Grading rubrics are included with each assignment. Specific information about accessing these rubrics is provided below.

10. Ask the Professor: This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content related questions.

11. Student Break Room: This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates.

Unit Assignments Unit I Literature Review This assignment provides you with an opportunity to examine criminal justice policy in the United States and the effectiveness of criminal justice policies. For this assignment, you will be conducting a literature review. Find a minimum of two peer-reviewed journal articles regarding two criminal justice policies. Once you have located the articles, write a literature review in which you discuss the following:

• Provide an analysis of each criminal justice policy.

• Who are the stakeholders in each criminal justice policy?

• What are the strengths and weaknesses of each criminal justice policy?

• What impact have these policies had on the community, criminal justice professionals, and the criminal justice field?

• What improvements can be made to each policy? Locate research in the Waldorf Online Library to support the assertions within your response. Write a minimum two-page analysis using the above questions. Use APA style to format your response, proofread your work, and then submit your assignment for grading in Blackboard. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit II Scholarly Activity Analytical Paper This assignment provides you with an opportunity to explore homeland security, incident response, and policies and laws. Background: You are a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security, another federal agency, a state agency, or a local agency. You have been asked to research and evaluate incident response. For this assignment, you will be conducting research. Find a minimum of two peer-reviewed journal articles regarding the Department of Homeland Security or incident response. You can also use your text and valid websites. (Note: Wikipedia is not a valid website.) Once you have located your research, discuss the following:

1. What is the evolution of incident response? 2. Why are mock drills significant? 3. What policies/laws exist regarding incident response? Discuss these policies/laws. 4. How effective are policies regarding incident response? 5. What weaknesses exist regarding incident response?

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6. How can incident response weaknesses be improved? 7. Discuss the future of incident response and the importance of collaboration.

Locate research in the Waldorf Online Library to support the assertions within your response. Write a minimum two-page analysis using the above questions. Use APA style to format your response, proofread your work, and then submit your assignment for grading in Blackboard. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit III Case Study This assignment provides you the opportunity to examine factors involved in sentencing and rehabilitation of offenders. For this assignment, you will examine two offender scenarios. Based upon the scenarios, you will research sentencing policies, sentencing disparity, and the importance of offender rehabilitation, and write a report based on your findings. Offender one is John. This offender’s history includes the following offenses: robberies, grand theft, burglaries, and battery. His arrest history dates back to 1990. He has only a high school education. He grew up in a single-parent family in an impoverished neighborhood. Offender two is Steve. This offender’s history includes the following offenses: drug offenses, burglaries, and larceny. His offense history dates back to 2010. He has a college degree. He grew up in a two-parent family in a suburban neighborhood. His family was victimized by a home-invasion burglary in 2000. Research the following questions for your report:

1. What factors can impact each offender’s sentence? 2. What is the importance of different sentencing policies in these scenarios? 3. How important is rehabilitation for each offender? Discuss specific programs that can benefit each offender. 4. How effective are the programs you chose to discuss? 5. What factors can influence successful reintegration for each offender?

Research in the Waldorf Online Library to find information to support the assertions within your response. Write a minimum two-page analysis using the above questions. Use APA style when formatting your response, including citations and references. Proofread your work. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit IV Scholarly Activity This assignment provides you the opportunity to examine the different types of courts in the United States. There are different types of problem-solving courts in this country. A few examples include the following:

• domestic violence courts,

• drug courts, and

• mental health courts. Research the following questions, and write a report that addresses the following questions:

1. What type of problem-solving courts exist? 2. Where and when did these courts originate? How many of each type of court are there in the U.S. today? 3. Discuss the effectiveness of problem-solving courts. 4. How might policy changes be used to improve problem-solving courts? 5. What does the future hold for problem-solving courts?

Locate research in the Waldorf Online Library to support the assertions in your response. Write a minimum two-page analysis based on the above questions. Use APA style to format your response. Proofread your work before submitting it. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

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Unit V PowerPoint Presentation This project will give you an opportunity to examine, research, and debate historical and current drug policies. It is a scenario-based assignment. You have been asked to prepare a presentation on historical and current drug-control policies to present at a local high school. Include the following topics, and create a PowerPoint Presentation:

1. What impact has drug abuse had on our society and the criminal justice system? 2. Research five historical and current drug-control policies. Discuss the major elements of each policy. 3. Find a minimum of one peer-reviewed research article that discusses the effectiveness of drug-control policies.

Discuss the major points of this article. 4. Debate the pros and cons of drug legalization and criminalization. 5. Predict the future of drug-control policy in the United States.

Once you have compiled your research, create a PowerPoint Presentation containing a minimum of 10 slides (not including your title slide and reference slide). The speaker notes section must be used to discuss specifics regarding the research you found. Use APA style to format your response, proofread your work, and then submit your assignment in Blackboard. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit VI Case Study You are a local law enforcement officer in your department’s juvenile unit. You get a call for service. The report is as follows: A 16-year-old female has been reported for threatening her mother’s life. You arrive on scene and find the following:

1. The mother reports that she was cooking dinner when her daughter threatened to kill her by saying, “You see this knife? I am going to kill you with it.”

2. The daughter admits to saying this and says, “Yes, I said it. I hate my mom.” 3. There are no visible marks on either party. 4. In looking into the family history with the police, you see that officers have been out to this residence 12 times in

the past year. You notice that one case dealt with the juvenile’s teacher. 5. The mother tells you she wants her daughter out of the house. She tells you that her daughter has been in and

out of juvenile detention and the local psychiatric hospital. Based on this scenario, write a report with a minimum of three pages that addresses the following:

1. What policing policies will impact the decisions you can make in this case? 2. Discuss the importance of using problem-oriented strategies. 3. How effective have problem-oriented strategies been? 4. What factors will influence the decisions you make in this case? 5. Discuss possible solutions to this case. 6. Based upon this scenario, discuss the potential for juvenile waivers with this juvenile. 7. What factors can influence whether a juvenile case is waived to criminal court? 8. Based upon the research you conduct and the scenario, what is your decision regarding this juvenile? 9. Evaluate the effectiveness of juvenile rehabilitation and treatment.

Use APA style when writing your response; provide citations and references as required. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

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Unit VII Essay This project will give you the opportunity to examine different sex-offender legislation and the effectiveness of these policies on offenders and our communities. Examine three of the following sex-offender laws/policies:

• Megan’s Law

• Pam Lychner Sex Offender Tracking and Identification Act

• Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

• Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act

• Civil commitment laws

• Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994

• Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 Write a minimum two-page report that answers the following questions:

1. Discuss the elements of each sex-offender policy you chose. 2. How did each law impact offenders and victims? 3. How did each law impact criminal justice involvement? 4. Evaluate the effectiveness of each law. How well has each law worked? 5. Recommend changes that can improve each law.

Locate research in the Waldorf Online Library to support the assertions within your response. Use APA style to format your response, proofread your work, and then submit your assignment. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit VIII Research Paper This research paper requires examination of restorative justice policies. It also involves exploration of potential future criminal justice policy evolution. Research the following questions, and write a minimum three-page research paper that answers the following questions:

1. How have criminal justice policies changed in the past 30 years? 2. What factors have led to a change in criminal justice policy? 3. How important is restorative justice to the future of criminal justice policy? What is the significance of having

victims and the community involved in the justice process? 4. Where is the future of criminal justice policy headed? 5. Predict three criminal justice policies that you believe will evolve in the future. Why will the three policies you

chose need to evolve? Locate research in the Waldorf Online Library to support the assertions within your response. Use APA style to format your response, proofread your work, and then submit your assignment for grading in Blackboard. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Submitting Course Papers/Projects Once you have completed your papers/projects, submit your completed papers/projects by uploading through the Assignment tab in each unit. Do not e-mail your paper directly to your professor. By using the Assignment tab, your record will automatically be updated to indicate you have submitted your papers/projects and the assignment will be provided to your professor for grading. Instructions for submitting your assignment can be found under the Assignment tab in each unit.

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APA Guidelines Waldorf University requires that students use APA style for papers and projects. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. Students can find Waldorf’s Citation Guide in the myWaldorf Student Portal by clicking on the “Citation Guide” link under the “Resources” heading. This document includes examples and sample papers.

Grading Rubrics This course utilizes analytic grading rubrics as tools for your professor in assigning grades for all learning activities. Each rubric serves as a guide that communicates the expectations of the learning activity and describes the criteria for each level of achievement. In addition, a rubric is a reference tool that lists evaluation criteria and can help you organize your efforts to meet the requirements of that learning activity. It is imperative for you to familiarize yourself with these rubrics because these are the primary tools your professor uses for assessing learning activities. Rubric categories include: (1) Discussion Board, (2) Assessment (Written Response), and (3) Assignment. However, it is possible that not all of the listed rubric types will be used in a single course (e.g., some courses may not have Assessments). The Discussion Board rubric can be found within Unit I’s Discussion Board submission instructions. The Assessment (Written Response) rubric can be found embedded in a link within the directions for each Unit Assessment. However, these rubrics will only be used when written-response questions appear within the Assessment. Each Assignment type (e.g., article critique, case study, research paper) will have its own rubric. The Assignment rubrics are built into Blackboard, allowing students to review them prior to beginning the Assignment and again once the Assignment has been scored. This rubric can be accessed via the Assignment link located within the unit where it is to be submitted. Students may also access the rubric through the course menu by selecting the “Grades” link. Again, it is vitally important for you to become familiar with these rubrics because their application to your Discussion Boards, Assessments, and Assignments is the method by which your instructor assigns all grades.

Communication Forums These are non-graded discussion forums that allow you to communicate with your professor and other students. Participation in these discussion forums is encouraged, but not required. You can access these forums with the buttons in the Course Menu. Instructions for subscribing/unsubscribing to these forums are provided below. Click here for instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe and post to the Communication Forums. Ask the Professor This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content questions. Questions may focus on Blackboard locations of online course components, textbook or course content elaboration, additional guidance on assessment requirements, or general advice from other students. Questions that are specific in nature, such as inquiries regarding assessment/assignment grades or personal accommodation requests, are NOT to be posted on this forum. If you have questions, comments, or concerns of a non- public nature, please feel free to email your professor. Responses to your post will be addressed or emailed by the professor within 48 hours. Before posting, please ensure that you have read all relevant course documentation, including the syllabus, assessment/assignment instructions, faculty feedback, and other important information.https://online.waldorf.edu/bbcswebdav/xid-132254761_1

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Student Break Room This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. Communication on this forum should always maintain a standard of appropriateness and respect for your fellow classmates. This forum should NOT be used to share assessment answers.

Grading

Discussion Boards (8 @ 3%) = 24% Unit Assessments (5 @ 3%) = 15% Scholarly Activities (2 @ 8%) = 16% Case Studies (2 @ 5%) = 10% Unit I Literature Review = 8% Unit V PowerPoint Presentation = 7% Unit VII Essay = 6% Unit VIII Research Paper = 14% Total = 100%

Course Schedule/Checklist (PLEASE PRINT) The following pages contain a printable Course Schedule to assist you through this course. By following this schedule, you will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted.

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CRJ 6800, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and the Socio-Cultural System

Course Schedule

By following this schedule, you will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted. Please keep this schedule for reference as you progress through your course.

Unit I Policy-Making, Crime, Research, and Evidence-Based Practices

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 1: The Politics of Crime and the Policy Making Process  Chapter 2: The Influence of Research and Evidence-Based Practices on Criminal Justice Policy  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Assessment by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)  Literature Review by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

Unit II Homeland Security and the Policy Process

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 5: Homeland Security: A New Criminal Justice Mandate  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Assessment by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)  Scholarly Activity by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

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Course Schedule

Unit III Correctional Policies

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:

 Chapter 16: Three Strikes: Passage, Implementation, Evaluation, and Reform  Chapter 19: Reentry and Rehabilitation: Generating Successful Outcomes During Challenging

Times  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Assessment by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)  Case Study by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

Unit IV The Court’s Role in Public Policy

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Reading Assignment(s): See Study Guide  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Assessment by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)  Scholarly Activity by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

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CRJ 6800, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and the Socio-Cultural System

Course Schedule

Unit V Drug Policies

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 8: From “Just Say No!” to “Well, Maybe”—The War on Drugs and Sensible Alternatives  Additional Reading Assignment(s): See Study Guide  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Assessment by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)  PowerPoint Presentation by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

Unit VI Policing and Juvenile Policies

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 12: Juvenile Waiver Policies  Additional Reading Assignment(s): See Study Guide  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Case Study by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

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CRJ 6800, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and the Socio-Cultural System

Course Schedule

Unit VII Sex-Offender Policies

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 9: Controlling the Sexual Offender  Additional Reading Assignment(s): See Study Guide  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Essay by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

Unit VIII Victims and the Future of Criminal Justice Policy

Review:  Unit Study Guide  Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

Read:  Chapter 15: Restorative Justice  Chapter 20: Emerging Issues in Criminal Justice Policy  Suggested Reading: See Study Guide

Discuss:

 Discussion Board Response: Submit your response to the Discussion Board question by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

 Discussion Board Comment: Comment on another student’s Discussion Board response by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Submit:  Research Paper by Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Notes/Goals:

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