Week 11, Criminal Justice System

Assignments for Week 11:

1. Read Chapter 11, “Punishment and Sentencing.” We will have Quiz #10 on Chapter 11 this week. 

2. Lecture, Chapter 12, Community Sentences

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion from Chapter 11:

a. Compare the various types of incarceration sentences. What are the similarities and differences?

c. What are the arguments for and against three-strikes laws? Who is more persuasive, the supporters or the critics?

d. Summarize the arguments for and against capital punishment. Who is more persuasive, the supporters or the critics?

e. Why does sentencing disparity exist? Are there programs that can reduce disparity in sentencing? If so, what are they? Should all people who commit the same crime receive the same sentence? Explain.

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