Week 10, Criminal Justice System

Assignments for Week 10:

1. Read Chapter 10, “Pretrial and Trial Procedures.” We will have Quiz #9 on this chapter this week. 

2. Lecture, Chapter 11, Punishment and Sentencing

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion from Chapter 10:

a. Should criminal defendants be allowed to bargain for a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea? Should the victim always be included in the plea bargaining process?

b. Should those accused of violent acts be subjected to preventive detention instead of bail, even though they have not been convicted of a crime? Is it fair to the victim to have his alleged attacker running around loose?

c. What purpose does a grand jury or preliminary hearing serve in adjudicating felony offenses? Should one of these methods be abandoned? If so, which one?

d. Why should pretrial services be provided for defendants?

e. What are the pros and cons of a jury trial versus a bench trial?

f. Do defendants enjoy too many rights? Why or why not?

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