Assignment 2: Probation and Parole—Realities and Perceptions

Probation and parole encompasses a wide variety of offenders and can be as vast and diverse as the populations the law enforcement officials oversee. As seen in the course readings, inclusion of probation and parole in the criminal justice system has been influenced by societal norms and values and can be viewed as a reflection of the current belief system.


By the due date assigned, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following.

  • What are your current perceptions regarding corrections, probations, and parole in the United States? What are these perceptions based on?
  • What do you think are the people’s perceptions of probation and parole?
  • What is the role of the media in shaping public opinion regarding the criminal justice system, especially the probation and parole systems?
  • What are the pros and cons of the media’s role in shaping public opinion on probation and parole?

While performing research on the influence of media conduct, provide appropriate references.

Submission Details:

Through the end of the module, read your classmates’ postings and respond to at least two of them. Are there any statements you agree or disagree with? Comment with reasons.

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsQuality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions16Quality of responses to classmates12Frequency of responses to classmates4Reference to supporting readings and other materials4Language and grammar4Total:40


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