In no less than 300 words, discuss several programs that exist in men’s and women’s prisons to assist them in preparing to return to life in the free world.

In your discussion talk about the merits and burdens of each of them and which ones you feel are most important in this transition process.

Be sure to research and cite your sources. Be sure to use credible resources in your research and cite your resources in proper APA format.

In no less than 300 words, discuss at least two of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in regards to the death penalty and explain how they have impacted capital punishment in the United States. Be sure to use credible resources in your research and cite your resources in proper APA format.

What does the future hold for our criminal justice system’s efforts to capture criminals? Many thought that DNA was the ultimate answer, but most crimes don’t involve DNA evidence. Remember that once upon a time, society thought that the fingerprint was the magic key, What is next? How do we maintain the balance between effective detection techniques, which require some intrusion into our private lives, and the protection of our civil liberties? In no less than 300 words, please discuss your thoughts on the subject, as well as give documented examples. Remember to do your research and cite your resources in proper APA format.

How do you think the media influences the public’s perception of the criminal justice system? How do these shows change or reinforce the wedding cake model? Be sure to research and your resources in proper APA format.  Answer these questions in no less than 300 words.  






The Wedding Cake Theory

Samuel Walker studied the criminal justice process and compared it to a four-tiered wedding cake. According to Walker, cases entering the criminal justice system were treated differently according to the tier they occupied on the wedding cake.

The first level at the top of the cake is reserved for high-profile cases. Celebrated cases are those involving the rich, famous, or those individuals with a high media profile. Level-one cases receive all that the criminal justice process has to offer from highly competent legal counsel and expert witnesses to trials and appeals. Cases in the first tier take up a good deal of the time and resources of the system.

Cases on the second level are serious crimes such as:

  • Homicide
  • Rape
  • Robbery

Level two cases are serious felony offenses that require the full attention of the criminal justice system. Level one and level two cases are handled in the highest criminal courts in the system.

Level three cases are less serious than level two offenses. These cases usually are committed by first offenders or by offenders who are related to or know the victim. Level two offenses are usually resolved through the plea bargaining process rather than through a trial.

Level four cases on the lowest tier of the wedding cake are nonviolent misdemeanors. These cases are handled by the lowest criminal courts and might involve alternative sentences such as community service.