Assignment 1: Debating The Issue Of Organized Crime And The Role Of Terrorism

Organized crime has been problematic for law enforcement agencies for decades. The very structure and activities of organized crime makes eliminating the problem an ongoing challenge. The purpose of this assignment is to show just how difficult it is for law enforcement to stop organized crime. Strategies to eliminate organized crime have included increased surveillance and various policy changes, but they have failed.

You are running for mayor of Centervale. It is a tight contest, and you expect to have a rather heated debate at the town hall meeting coming up. Your campaign manager tells you that at the debate, your opponent intends to present a plan for eliminating all organized criminal enterprises from Centervale. However, from your knowledge of the history and theory of organized crime, you know that complete elimination of organized crime is impossible, although a reasonable plan for reducing criminal activity can be developed and implemented at the local, state, and federal levels.

Submission Details:

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

  • Use your knowledge of organized crime to create a counterargument against your opponent. Your counterargument should:
    • Focus on the future of organized crime and consider its impact on the threat to public safety.
    • Educate the public on why terrorism is a valid area of concern in the organized crime debate.
  • Provide a rationale for highlighting key areas that pose a specific threat to public safety.

government

  • In Week 4, you developed a policy regarding the three strikes laws in the State of California. Now, the state has decided to try to revamp other systems within the government to accommodate more diverse populations. The three strikes laws are now causing a problem for the correctional institutions in the United States. Now, there is an older inmate population because of the aging of the population.
    • Locate and analyze the current problems pertaining to the three strikes laws and incarceration.
    • For this assignment, you will develop a policy change to address prisoners who have been sentenced under these three strike laws and have reached the age of 60.
    • In your policy, address the following:
      • Describe your proposed policy in detail, and provide the specific language you would propose to be part of any statute or regulation that results from your proposed policy.
      • What information could you provide to the community and the state legislature to implement such a policy change?
      • What would be the advantages of this policy? Explain and provide support for your arguments.
      • What would be the disadvantages? Explain and provide support for your arguments.
    • You should use the same format that you used for your Week 4 Key Assignment Draft policy.
  • Address the following in 1-2 pages:
    • What effect would your corrections policy have on the state budget and state taxes? Explain.
    • How have you ensured that your second policy effectively utilized the feedback you received for your three strikes policy from Week 4? Be specific and explain in detail.
  • Remember to support your policy with scholarly and academic resources.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

Personal Essay

Due Week 3 and worth 100 points

You have a wealth of experiences, knowledge, and opinions that make you who you are. For your first assignment, you will share your opinions, experiences, and stories to write a personal essay.

What is a personal essay? It’s one of many types of formal essays. All formal essays maintain the same basic structure: Introduction with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion. The personal essay is a narrative in which the author writes about an experience that was highly meaningful (usually a lesson was learned). For this assignment, choose a topic and discuss three reasons why the topic is important to you. The topic choices are presented in your webtext. To make this a personal essay, it’s important to include one or more stories from your life that demonstrate why your selected topic is meaningful to you.

Hacker Theory

Describe which theory from Chapter Three of Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism best explains the origin and development of the hacker subculture in digital environments. Identify one strength and one weakness of this theory in describing hacker behavior.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s), and properly cite any references.

Criminal Justice Power Point

Assignment: Create a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with 12 to 15-slides, add Speaker Notes of at least 100 words for each slide. Include at least 3 visuals, such as diagrams, images, or matrices, in your presentation.  Address all of the topics fully in your presentation.    Your presentation should reference at least 2 peer-review level journal articles.

Formatting

  • An opening slide with your name, class name and number and date of submission is not included in the slide count.
  • The Speaker Notes on a concluding slide titled “Resources” should be used to reflect the full APA citation of all resources. (Note: There should be an in-text citation in the Speaker Notes narrative wherever a supportive resource is referenced.) No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper.
  • Select one of the three Case Studies below — These are for illustration purposes only and are NOT the focus of this project. 
  • Using Power Point slides, describe the process that the offender would go through in the criminal justice system, beginning with arrest. For purposes of this assignment you are to assume that the offender will be eventually convicted and sentenced.
  • Include all of the stages in the criminal justice process subsequent to apprehension, providing as much detail about the role and function of each stage as you can.
  • Determine the probable sentence the offender will receive, (institutionalization or community-based supervision)
  • Explain why the sentence you have chosen would most likely occur, and what the offender can expect in light of this sentence.
  • Provide a probable alternative to the selected sentence, fully explaining “why” this alternative could also occur and whether an alternative would bring “justice” to the victim and the community.
  • Conclude the presentation by discussing what you believe to be the weakest link in the criminal justice process and the strongest link in the process. ‘Provide explanations to support your assessments for both.

Case Study 3 – Arson and Murder

Watch the following YouTube video.

Following an introductory paragraph, your project assignment should start with the arrest of the Brandon Bledsoe OR Heather Raferty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWWra8xUMks

psychological theories

Choose from either the classical, biological, or psychological theories, and identify the one theory with which you most closely identify (choose only one). Explain why you believe this to be the better explanation for criminal behavior by including the underlying assumptions of your chosen theory and how that logically integrates into what we already know about crime.

the topic of addiction

Choose and research a movie that deals with the topic of addiction and obtain facilitator approval.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you answer the following:

  • Explain what types of addiction were addressed and how the film’s characters became addicted, if known.
  • How did this addiction physically affect the individuals involved?
  • In what way did the addiction affect work and relationships?
  • What were the long-term health problems associated with the addiction, if any?
  • How would you confront the addiction to bring attention to the problem? Explain.
  • Does the addicted individual blame his or her addiction on anyone? Do they take personal responsibility for their addiction?
  • What treatments are available for the individuals? Would this work for all types of addictions? Consider, for example, alcoholism with drug addiction or smoking and eating.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Include any references consulted as in-text citations and references in APA format.