Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Federal Criminal Justice Policy
Select a policy from the list of examples found in Chapter 1 of Criminal Justice Policy in Table 1.1 “Examples of Federal Criminal Justice Policies” (Mallicoat, 2014). In this discussion, you will evaluate your selected criminal justice policy by using one of the models (i.e., Packer’s, Feeley’s, or Cox and Wade’s) discussed in Chapter 2 of The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice (Marion & Oliver, 2012).
Initial Post: After selecting one of the criminal justice policies as identified by Mallicoat, evaluate it based on one of the models identified in The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice, and explain your conclusions based on your evaluation of the current criminal justice system. In your examination of the policy process, determine if the policy under review is symbolic or substantive. Finally, determine the major goal and secondary goal of the policy based on Box 2.1 “Major Goals of the Criminal Justice System,” in The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice (Marion & Oliver, 2012). Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite your references with both in-text and APA citations at the end of your post. Your initial post is due by Day 3 (Thursday) and should be at least 400 words in length.
Guided Response: Review your peers’ posts, and substantively respond in a meaningful way to at least two of your peers using a different Marion and Oliver model for each response. Do you come to different conclusions or different priorities using different models? Do the goals of the policy change? In addition, respond to at least one Instructor Response in the discussion. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.
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