Go to http:/www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2010/tables/table-11-offenses-offense-type-byparticipating-state-2010.xls compare the number of "total incidents" of Texas, New York, and New Jersey as
compared with the population of each state. Discus
Discuss, in general detail, how the ideas of Karl Marx are reflected in the views of
many contemporary critical criminologists?
Karl Marx believed that individual behavior is shaped by social/economic/political forces. Critical
criminologists have been in
Use a search engine, try "Dirty Cops", "Cop Crimes" or "Cop Abuse", find a
web site and report your findings as directed in this chapter. Answer the
following: Do you agree with the tone of the message proposed by this site?
Were there any shocking storie
Go to a "search engine", type in "date rape", find a selection discussing date rape
drugs or GHB, discuss your findings with your fellow students.
Is pornography harmless? Should it be a matter of state regulation? Share your
discussion of these questions
You have been asked to combat a recent crime wave of underage drinking and
vandalism in the campus dorms. Which crime prevention strategies might you apply
to fight the crime problem? Which would have the greatest effect? Which the least?
Do you know what the current minimum wage is. Do you think raising it would lower
crime rates. Why? If you were in Congress, at what rate would you set it? Why?
The current minimum wage in Texas is $7.25. Raising the minimum wage would not lower crime
Open this web site: http:/www.washingtonpost.com/wpsrv/politics/special/whitewater/whitewater.htm read the site and report to your
fellow students as to how this was a "white collar crime".
Go to http:/www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usab5105.p
1. Compile a list of six (6) words that come to mind when you hear the word "CRIME". Post your list on
the "discussion board" and compare your response to those of fellow students. Be prepared to
discuss broad deviations. Your instructor will
Discuss how a persons moral development influences their risk of
committing crime. Using a search engine such as "Google" search for
"Cesare Lombroso". How were Lombroso's beliefs viewed during his time?
What impact did his theory have on changing beliefs
Discuss the main methodologies of collecting crime data. Is it really just big
government attempting to make itself look good to taxpayers? How can the criminal
justice system make use of the data in reducing crime, improving law enforcement
Media reporting has an impact on victims and may contribute to their victimization
and suffering. Discuss the impact of the medias crime coverage of victims, share
your view if media reporting can have positive impact for victims as well as
Sykes and Matza suggest that people develop a distinct set of justifications for their
law-violating behavior. Their research has helped them identify several techniques
of neutralization. Define neutralization and discuss at least two of these techniques
Do you consider downloading copyrighted material as theft? How might someone
distinguish the difference between illegally downloading music and stealing a CD
from a store.
Downloading copyrighted material is theft because it violates the copyright laws. T
Discuss the relationship between socioeconomic structure and crime. If one is a
member of the lower class, does it predispose that person to a life of crime?
Social economic structure has a very big impact on crime. Power between social classes, wealth
Watch the following video:
Provide your thoughts about the information presented - should mentally ill
inmates be housed outside of the prison system? If we continue to house
mentally ill inmates in our
Chapter-1; What theory of crime and punishment do you feel best describes today's criminal
Read the responses of your classmates. You must have an original post and respond to at least
two. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Todays criminal justice s
Chapter-8; Some will believe that juveniles who act as adults (commit serious crimes) should be
treated as adults. Others will argue that juveniles have not reached an age at which they can be fully
held accountable for their crimes. How do you feel and w
Chapter-7; Discuss whether you believe women should be equal to men in the eyes of
the law and face the same consequences for breaking the same laws. What would be
some of the advantages and disadvantages to changing laws to fit the gender?
Read the respo
If you was the Governor in the s\State of Texas and charged with
appointment duties what qualifications would you look for in a potential
Parole Board member that are different from those presented in the text?
Read the responses of your classmates. Respo
Chapter-11: Why do you feel prison rape victims remain silent about their
Be sure and respond to a at least two of your classmates post.
Prison rape victims remain silent about their abuse for several reasons. The most prevalent
reason would be sha
Chapter-2; Write your response to the section: You Make the Decision.Determinate or
Indeterminate Sentencing. What would be your choice? Located at the end of Chapter 2. Read
the responses of your classmates. Respond to at least two. Do you agree or disag
Chapter-10; Read "An Interview with a Correctional Administrator" In this discussion, the
author reviews how and why he maintains close contact with the prisons he supervises. Discuss
at least two of the five fundamental corrections management principles
Chapter-14: To take a life during an execution is an act of denial of a basic
right by the government, the right to life. What precautions should the
government take to make sure that this denial of right to life is not made in
Remember to respond
Chapter-4: Watch two different Youtube clips on the internet, One a L.A.P.D. boot camp
and the other a camp in Illinois. What difference do you see between these two
programs. Which one do you feel will be successful?
Chapter-12: If you were Warden of a major prison unit what actions would
you take to help reduce the stress on your staff?
Remember to respond to at least two of your classmates post.
To reduce stress on my staff I would work to ensure open channels of co
Chapter 13; In 1980 one of the bloodiest prison riots in America occurred in
New Mexico. Watch the BBC documentary and list the reasons for the riot
and what could have been done to prevent it. What did we learn from this
riot? The film is about 48 minute
Chapter-5 Does increased incarceration reduce the risk to citizens of being victimized,
and, if so, is this reduction in risk worth the additional cost of such incarceration?
Read the responses of your classmates. Respond to at least two. Do you agree or
Chapter-3: In the State of Texas (and many states such as Arizona and Sheriff Arapio)
the jails are operated and governed by the county governments. Considering the
amount of local politics that affect jail operations would you be in favor of the state
Chapter-15; If private prisons can provide services to the state at a lower
cost, why can't the state do the same?
Be sure and respond to at least two of your classmates post.
One wordbureaucracy. Private sector companies are not bound by the same strict
CHAPTER 15: QUESTION 2
As a class, discuss whether you think police officers are paid too little or too
much. Are police officers paid more or less than similiar occupations? Should
police officers be paid more, and if so, why?
I personally think police o