Compare and contrast the Pennsylvania correctional system and the Auburn system
Subject: Law / General Law
Assignment: In a 2-3 page paper, using APA style formatting, compare and contrast the Pennsylvania system and the Auburn system. What correctional system most closely explains our modern day prisons? Why? In addition to your assigned readings, 3 external sources must be used to complete this assignment.
Discussion: Should prisoners be afforded the same constitutional rights of a law abiding citizen? Why or why not?
Assignment: Currently, sex offenders in the Department of Corrections (DOC) volunteer for the sex offender treatment program. In a 2 page paper, using APA style formatting, should convicted sex offenders, be mandated to participate in a treatment program? Should the State be required to continue treatment after the inmates release from prison? Is this a violation of their Constitutional Rights? Also consider the Rights of the victims.
You should use Chapter 5 as a starting point to help answer this question as well as outside resources. Be certain you clearly state your position when responding to this question.
Discussion: Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of intermediate sanctions. Do intermediate sanctions offer enough protection to the citizens in which the offender resides?
Assignment: In a 2 page paper, using APA style formatting, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of pre-sentence investigation reports. In addition to your assigned readings, 3 external articles must be used to satisfy this assignment.
Discussion: Read the article, California State Prison, Corcoran and respond to the following question: Should the State be held liable if an inmate is injured while in the State’s custody?
Assignment: Based on your readings and research, in a 2 page paper, using APA style formatting, explain the sociological, political, and economic catalysts for prison violence.
Discussion: Discuss why convicted felons struggle with re-integration into their community. Why do employers struggle with hiring ex-convicts?
Assignment: In a 2 page paper, using APA style formatting, based on your readings and research, do you think the criminal justice system failed John Gardner’s victims when his parole was not revoked?
Discussion: Do you agree with the notion adult prisons will teach juveniles to become better, more hardened criminals?
Do you think juveniles have higher success rates in rehabilitation when compared to their adult counterparts?
Please support your position using external research.
Discussion: Based on your readings, do juveniles possess the mental capacity to distinguish between right and wrong?
Assignment: In a 2-3 page paper, using APA style formatting, based on your reading and research, is a juvenile too too young to be charged with murder? Consider the following issues when responding to this topic:
1) Did the juvenile have the mental capacity to know right from wrong?
2) Based on the circumstances surrounding the crime, would alternative sanctions work? Will rehabilitation work?
3) What are the consequences of trying a juvenile as an adult?
Discussion: The death penalty as a punishment mechanism is applied for capital murder cases. Do you think that there are crimes where the defendant should also
be considered for the death penalty, believing the punishment fits the crime?
Research two other cases that set precedence for the death penalty to support your argument regarding this issue.
Discussion: If you were the sentencing judge hearing a case involving murder, what mitigating factors would you consider, that would make you choose not to
impose the death penalty (i.e. poor upbringing etc.)? What are the mitigating factors that would lead you to sentence the offender to death
(i.e. elderly victim, conspiracy, intent etc.)?
Assignment: Based on your readings and research, in a 2 page paper, using APA style formatting, choose two states that have abolished the death penalty. Interpret the court’s reasoning for the abolishment
Discussion: What can be done to reduce prison overcrowding? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reducing overcrowding?