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You will be evaluating formal and informal policies
throughout your career in Criminal Justice, whether you are working in
policing, courts, corrections, or in some other capacity. Thus, each student in this class is expected
to identify a criminal justice related policy that they are interested in and
write a paper that:

  • describes
    the policy and its historical development
  • situates
    the policy within the existing criminal justice literature
  • evaluates
    the policy’s effectiveness and social implications
  • offers
    defensible suggestions for making the existing policy better or for
    creating a new policy.

This paper will be broken up into 3 different assignments
(see below), each of which will be graded independently and are worth 50 points
each. This will give you the opportunity
to get feedback on and make revisions to each section prior to turning in the
final paper, which is worth its own 100 points.
You will be graded on mechanics, organization, citation, and content
(see rubric for detailed explanations).

To start your project, you need to select an informal or
formal policy that you would like to focus on for the remainder of the
semester. Try to select a policy on
which there is a fair amount of material readily available to you or you will
have a difficult time doing the research.
This means that you should do some preliminary research before settling
on a topic.

**NOTE: All
Assignments and the Final Paper must be turned in as a Word Document to the
Assignments section on BB. Late papers
will not be accepted.

Assignment #1: Policy Description

Using a minimum of three peer reviewed, scholarly
journal sources (you may also include the policy in question where applicable),
describe the policy that you have chosen to focus on, answering the following
questions in essay format: How did the
policy come to be? What prompted such a
policy? What are the requirements of the policy? Who is the policy supposed to
affect/protect/serve? Where is the
policy used? In what cases is it
used? In short, your description should
be geared towards informing a reader who has never heard about the policy. This section of your paper must be at least 3
pages long, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Proper in-text and bibliographic citation
(APA style) is absolutely required.

Assignment #2:
Literature Review

Using a minimum of six new peer reviewed, scholarly
journal sources, conduct a literature review on your policy and related
issues. A literature review provides
your reader with an overview of any research (**this means scholarly
work) that has been done on your topic already.
You are not limited to studies specifically connected to your policy –
you should also consider related issues.
For example, if you are researching the Amber Alert, you should look at
studies related to child abduction and kidnapping in addition to looking at
works specifically focused on the policy.
The ultimate goal of a literature review is to tell your reader what we
(the discipline of criminal justice) already know about the topic at hand, with
the assumption that they don’t know anything about your policy/issue. This section of your paper must be at least 5
pages long, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Proper in-text and bibliographic citation
(APA style) is absolutely required. You
must provide two bibliographies; one from assignment #1 and one with the new
sources for assignment #2.

**Note: the policy description and literature review is not
a place for analysis. It is, simply, a
description. Any issues/problems you see
with the policy should be reserved for assignment #3.

Assignment #3: Analysis & Recommendations

Now that you have conducted thorough research on your
policy, you are expected to evaluate its effectiveness. First, you need to decide what would make the
policy “effective.” How would you
measure “effectiveness”? Then, using all
of your available sources and referring to your literature review when
appropriate, provide several defensible arguments for why this policy is or is
not effective. This is not a place for
uninformed opinion – you must use facts to defend your position. Presume that your reader has no prior
knowledge of policy implications and it is your duty to make them an informed
citizen.

Once you have provided your reader with arguments for why
the policy you have chosen is or is not effective, offer your recommendations
for the future. If the policy is
effective, should it continue to be used as it currently is, or should there be
some changes? If so, what should those
changes be? Should the policy be
expanded to apply to other cases/states/jurisdictions/etc.? What might future researchers consider if
they plan to re-evaluate the policies effectiveness? If the policy is not effective, how should it
change? Why? Should it be completely eradicated or
replaced with a new policy? What would
that new policy look like and why would it be more effective? This section of your paper must be at least 5
pages long, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Proper in-text and bibliographic citation
(APA style) is absolutely required.

Final Paper

Your final paper is where you put all of your assignments
together (once you have revised them according to my comments, of course). Your final paper should have a newbrief
introduction that captures the reader’s attention and tell them what will be in
the paper, and then the following sections: Policy Description & Literature
Review, Analysis, and Recommendations. The
paper should also have a new conclusion summarizing what you
have done in the paper. You must have a
minimum of 9 peer reviewed, scholarly journal sources that are properly cited
both in-text and in the bibliography using the APA style. The final product should be at least 14 pages
long, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Proper in-text and bibliographic citation
(APA style) is absolutely required.

Grading Criteria

All four assignments and your final paper will be graded on
mechanics, organization, citation/sources and content. In particular, I will be looking for the
following things:

Mechanics

  • A
    paper that has good “mechanics” is free of spelling, grammatical and
    sentence structure errors.

Organization

  • A
    paper that is well-organized follows the format requested by the professor
    (e.g., section headings), it progresses in a logical manner (i.e., makes
    sense to the reader), and has appropriate transitions between paragraphs
    and major sections.

Some advice on mechanics and organization

    • Remember,
      this is a scholarly piece of work, so it should not be written how you
      speak.
    • Frequent
      proof-reading is the best way to avoid these mistakes. I recommend having someone else read
      the paper out loud to you – if it doesn’t sound right, it probably is
      not.
    • Visit
      the Writing Center! Location,
      hours, and related information can be found at: .uncfsu.edu/writingcenter/”>http://www.uncfsu.edu/writingcenter/. Put your tuition dollars to work by
      taking advantage of this resource!

Citation

  • Proper
    citation means using proper citation both in-text and in the bibliography
    (in APA)

Content

  • A
    paper that has good content addresses all aspects of the assignment (i.e.,
    did you do exactly what you were asked to do?), has fully developed ideas,
    uses description and analysis correctly and appropriately (e.g., not
    describing when you are asked to analyze and vice versa), demonstrates
    critical thinking (i.e., there is evidence that you thought ‘outside of
    the box’ and anticipated counter-arguments) and uses appropriate sources
    (i.e., avoids “junk sources” like Wikipedia).

Grading Rubrics

You must copy and paste the appropriate grading rubric to
the end of each of the assignments that you turn in and the final
paper. You should carefully review the
rubric before you even start your assignments, so that you are aware of all of
the grading criteria. Completing your
assignments in accordance with the expectations that are outlined in the rubric
is the most effective way to get an A!

Assignment Grading Rubric

**You must attach a copy of this rubric to the back of

each individual assignment you submit

Category

Excellent

(Needs little improvement)

Satisfactory

(Needs some improvement)

Unsatisfactory

(Needs much improvement)

Total

(50 points)

Mechanics

(10)

10 points:

Paper has
no spelling, grammatical or sentence structure errors.

7-9 points:

Paper has
some spelling, grammatical and sentence structure errors, but not enough to
detract from the content

0-6 points:

An
abundance of spelling, grammatical and sentence structure errors detracts
from the content

Organization (10)

10 points:

Paper
follows the format requested by the professor, progresses in a logical
manner, and has appropriate transitions

7-9 points:

Paper has
some problems with format, logic and transitions, but not enough to detract
from the content.

0-6 points:

An
abundance of format, logic and transition issues detracts from the content

Citations/Sources (10)

10 points:

All
sources are properly cited both in-text and in the bibliography

7-9 points:

Only minor
issues with citation placement and bibliography

0-6 points:

An
abundance of citation errors in-text or in the bibliography

Content

(20)

20 points:

Author
addresses all aspects of the assignment, has fully developed ideas, uses
description and analysis appropriately, demonstrates critical thinking skills
and uses appropriate sources

16-19 points:

Author
needs to make minor improvements to addressing assignment, developing ideas,
describing/analyzing, demonstrating critical thinking skills or using
appropriate sources

0-15 points:

Author
fails to address the assignment, develop ideas completely, describe or
analyze appropriately, use critical thinking skills or use appropriate
sources.

***WARNING: PLAGIARISM OF ANY SORT WILL
RESULT IN A SCORE OF ZERO FOR THE ENTIRE ASSIGNMENT

Final Paper Grading Rubric

**You must attach a copy of this rubric to the back of

your final paper

Category

Excellent

A/B

Satisfactory

C

Unsatisfactory

D/F

Total

(100 points)

Mechanics

(15)

12-15 points:

Paper has
no spelling, grammatical or sentence structure errors.

10-11 points:

Paper has
some spelling, grammatical and sentence structure errors, but not enough to
detract from the content

0-9 points:

An abundance
of spelling, grammatical and sentence structure errors detracts from the
content

Organization (15)

12-15 points:

Paper
follows the format requested by the professor, progresses in a logical
manner, and has appropriate transitions

10-11 points:

Paper has
some problems with format, logic and transitions, but not enough to detract
from the content.

0-9 points:

An
abundance of format, logic and transition issues detracts from the content

Citations/Sources (15)

12-15 points:

All
sources are properly cited both in-text and in the bibliography

10-11 points:

Only minor
issues with citation placement and bibliography

0-9 points:

An
abundance of citation errors in-text or in the bibliography

Content

(55)

44-55 points:

Author
addresses all aspects of the assignment, has fully developed ideas, uses
description and analysis appropriately, demonstrates critical thinking skills
and uses appropriate sources

39-43 points:

Author
needs to make minor improvements to addressing assignment, developing ideas,
describing/analyzing, demonstrating critical thinking skills or using
appropriate sources

0-38 points:

Author
fails to address the assignment, develop ideas completely, describe or
analyze appropriately, use critical thinking skills or use appropriate
sources.

***WARNING: PLAGIARISM OF ANY SORT WILL
RESULT IN A SCORE OF ZERO FOR THE ENTIRE PAPER

  

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