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. 

II. Lecture, Chapter 12, Community Sentences

III. Critical Thinking Questions from Chapter 10 for the Paper:

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. What are the pros and cons of a jury trial versus a bench trial? You might want to go online for information to answer this question.

3. Critical Thinking Questions for from Chapter 11 for Paper:

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.

© Karen Donahue 2017