Correctional Organizations Assignment

Correctional Organizations Assignment

Correctional Organizations Assignment

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Module 1 Active Learning

During this module, we will be looking at corrections, specifically, “Women in Prison: Sexual Misconduct by Correctional Staff,” a report written by the United States General Accounting Office.

This report is very thorough and will give you an overview of the findings. In addition, the report focuses on four separate organizations: Federal Bureau of Prisons, California Department of Corrections, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

You are to read the government report by clicking here or by going to the Webliography. Then respond logically with your own thoughts and opinions.

Module 2 Active Learning

We often think of misconduct only being committing by police or correctional officers, but what happens when the prosecutor is under investigation for misconduct. Please click here and read the article by Elaine Cassel and think of the implications from the actions of the prosecutor and future cases. The link to this article is also in the Webliography.

Module 3 Active Learning

Click here and read the article, “Miranda is not the Problem: Police Deception Is,” by Dave Kopel regarding police interrogation. It is understood that this article could be slanted one way or the other, but for the moment let’s agree that the information is true, and if so, what are your thoughts about the interrogation methods and if they violate any ethical principles?

Module 4 Active Learning

As you read the prison time line, you will see that records start around 1940’s with approximately 200,000 inmates per year. Today, or at least with the latest statistics available we have adults under correctional supervision there is 1 in 35 reportedly under the Department of Corrections. In looking at the reported censes data, you find the following:

1940- 132.2 Million People with approximately 200,000 under correctional supervision= less than 1% of the total population

2010- 208.7 million people with million people under correctional supervision= 3% of the population

The increase of 2% over the last 70 years identifies a drastic increase. Some of the questions that have been posed are: Have we gotten stiffer laws? Is there more people taking on the life of Crime? Is society becoming more violent? With all of the questions, what is the truth?

For this assignment, what is your opinion on why crime has gone up 2%?

Module 5 Active Learning

For this module, you are to read an article, newspaper, magazine, or other material that has a direct impact on ethical issues in the field of criminal justice. After reading the material, you are to develop an overview of the article, a critical response to your feelings on what happened and to what extent, and how this could be prevented in the future. Your initial comments should be no less than 500 words.

Module 6 Active Learning

This week we will be looking at another side of the criminal justice system. We will be looking at a prosecutor in North Carolina. There has been much written about the Duke University Lacrosse case. You can find more about this case but these two will get you started.

Click here to read, “Prosecutor in Duke Case Faces Ethics Complaint,” by David Barstow and Duff Wilson.

Click here to read, “Prosecutor Asks State to Take Over Duke Case,” by Duff Wilson.

These articles can also be accessed in the Webliography.

After reading the articles, share your thoughts about this case.

You might also check the American Bar Association site for a code of ethics (though each state might be a little different). Also, see the New York Times and any other articles you find important.

Assignment Policies



Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.