Hancock, B.W. & Sharp, P.M. (2004). Public Policy, Crime, and Criminal
Justice, 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130984094
Walker, S.W. (2011). Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities: A Policy Guide (7th ed.). Florence, KY: Cengage. ISBN: 13: 9780495809876
USING THE REQUIRED BOOKS ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR QUESTIONS. EACH QUESTION SHOULD BE A 1 PAGE RESPONSE FOR A TOTAL OF FOUR PAGES.
1. Violent crime has dropped since the early 1990s. Discuss what the causes are for this drop? Please be cognizant that the violent crime rate has started to rise by as much as 35% in some major cities this year. So in your discussion examine the causes of the drop and why crime is on the rise now? The major issue is what are we doing differently?
2. Herbert Packer argues that our current Crime Control Model resembles and assembly line. Do you agree or disagree with this theory? Defend your answer with research.
3. Walker argues that the conservatives have adopted a policy to get criminals off the streets is one that is called lock “em up. The strategy consists of these three (3) proposals: preventive detention, incapacitation, and mandatory sentencing. Knowing what you know about the Criminal Justice System are these viable options? Are they effective as individual proposals or do they work better collectively? Finally, is there one policy that you believe to be more effective than the others? Defend your answer with research.
4. The theorist Tromanhauser made the following statement: I know what causes crime; the law. If we did not have the law, we would not have crime. Respond to this statement and explain what the theorist means by the statement. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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