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  • Should Schools Teach Students to Be Good Spouses?

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 3/27/2018

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 10/15/2013 3:00:00 PM

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    Should schools teach teens how to be good spouses? Should there be classes to prepare you for marriage and parenting? Why or why not?

    Review the article and then identify the strongest arguments for preparing you for marriage:

     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-larson/can-you-teach-kids-how-to_b_1272122.html

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  • Eyewitness Identification

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 3/7/2018

    Identify Eyewitness Recollection in criminal cases. Discuss the impact of misidentification.

     

    Watch the following videos (1 and 2) and identify how eyewitness recollection affects criminal cases. The following is a very interesting demonstration in eyewitness recollection. Answer questions that follow.

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QOJN-RYbNc

     

     

     

     

     

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    This is very interesting for us in a number of ways.  While on the surface it appears to challenge eyewitness reliability generally, what it really seems to challenge is an eyewitness’s reliability as to being able to recall everything that occurred during an event, especially a traumatic one, or one where the victim’s attention is focused on a particular person or thing.   

    It helps explain why a robbery victim, who is concentrating on the robber, may not see other things going on during the robbery that we know were happening and cannot understand why the witness does not remember seeing that particular thing happening.  This is not a bad thing if the issue is the reliability of the witness.

     

    2. https://public.psych.iastate.edu/glwells/theeyewitnesstest.html

    (Another example to view); http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16miEJ-tKjM

    After watching the videos, answer: You have to click comments to answer.

    1. How does eyewitness recollection affect a criminal case?
    2. Pick a case from the following link: https://www.innocenceproject.org/cases/
    3. Describe key facts about the case and outcome of the case.
    4. Define exonerated.
    5. Are there any similiarities with the cases (think of the individuals)?
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  • Should there be a cap (max) on punitive damages?

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 2/28/2018

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    A woman is suing New York City for damage

          In 2008, her two children were taken out of her custody and put into foster care.

    The City Said:                   

     She was mentally unstable – she had hallucinations & delusions – and refused medicine.

                                                    She left her children home alone for long periods of time.

    She Said:                             These allegations are false.

                                                    The city has caused my children and me emotional trauma.

    The Lawsuit:                     She is now suing the city of New York for punitive damages.

     

    1.        What are punitive damages?

     

    2.       What is the purpose of punitive damages?

     

    3.   If the city is found liable, how much do you think she deserves in punitive damages?  Should there be a cap (maximum amount one can sue for) on punitive damages?

     

    Woman suing NYC

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  • Purpose of Punishment

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 2/27/2018

    Purpose of Punishment

    Read the following and answer the questions that follow.

     

    Purpose of Punishment

    Answer the following questions:

    1. Which purpose of punishment is the most effective? Why?
    2. What is one difference between criminal victims’ restitution and civil damages?
    3. Read Campbell v. State, 5 S.W.3d 693 (1999). Why did the defendant in this case claim that the restitution award was too high? Did the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agree with the defendant’s claim? The case is available at this link: http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=11316909200521760089&hl=en&as_sdt=2&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr.
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  • Can the police search through your text messages?

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 11/14/2017
    Can the police search through your cell phone?
    Why or why not? Write a minimum of 5 sentences answering the question. Use information from the following link to support your answer.
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  • Gallup Polls

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 11/14/2017

    According to the polls, Americans cite the economy, election, and the criminal justice system, amongst other issues, as important.

    Directions:

    Open another tab and go to Gallup or Harris Poll

    1. Locate the published results of an opinion poll by Gallup or Harris on a topic that is of interest to you. You may want to use polls that focused on the presidential election, social or economic issues, the war on terrorism, education or sports.
    2. Assess the results in terms of the demographic distributions, if any, that are reflected in the results.
    3. See if males differed from females, whites from non-whites, and so on. If the results are compared with the findings of an earlier poll, see if public opinion on the topic is changing.
    4. Briefly describe what you found and what its implications are for policymaking (making policies). 
    5. Write at least one paragraph (a paragraph is at least 5 sentences) in the box. Sign in on the webpage so that it records your name. If you do not sign in, you need to type your name. Responses with no name will not receive credit. Period. 

    See where you stand on political issues. http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

     

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  • Why do people commit crime?

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 11/7/2017 2:00:00 PM
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    There are multiple reasons offered to explain why people commit crime.
    1Why do you think people commit crime?
    2. List an example of a crime and a possible explanation for a person committing that particular crime.
    For example: Robbery is a crime. Cause: Why might a person rob someone?

    3. Which cause supports your theory? 

    4. How can crime be reduced? (Answers can vary) Use your brain or the internet.

    Use this link for information:  Causes of Crime

     

     

     

     
     
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  • Types of Criminal Courts

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 10/31/2017

    Use the following links to answer the questions. Make sure to type your name or sign in when answering the questions in the comment box. You can also complete this in Word and copy and paste when done.

     

    A. Types of Criminal Cases and Possible Punishments

    1. What are the three types of criminal cases and what are possible punishments for each? 

    2. What crime happens the most according to the Crime Clock?

    3. What is the difference between burglary and larceny (use google)?

     

    B. Sentencing Basics

     1. How is sentencing determined?

     2. Explain the role of plea bargaining. Approximately, how many cases result in plea bargain out of 100%?

     

    C. Common Sentences

    1. What are some common sentences?

    2. What goals of punishment are met with imprisonment, fine, probation and conditional discharge?

     

    D. Jury Trials

     1. Describe the steps in a criminal trial.

     2. Who has the right to a jury trial?

     3. Describe how jurors are selected. 

     

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  • Innocence Project: Eyewitness Misidentification

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 10/17/2017

     Eyewitness misidentification 

    1. What are some problems with eyewitness identification?

    2. How can eyewitness identification be improved?

    http://www.innocenceproject.org/causes/eyewitness-misidentification/

    You should write a minimum one paragraph at least 4-5 sentences answering questions.  
    Remember to type your name.
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  • New York Times Article: After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

    Posted by Arlene Garcia on 10/3/2017 8:05:00 AM

    New York Times Article: After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

    Read the article: After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance in The New York Times.

    Task:  Which case stood out to you the most and why? Describe the role of the prosecutor and the power he or she has.

     

    Answer both questions in complete sentences. Write at least 5 sentences.

    Use the comment box and scroll to end of page to type your answer.

     

    When you are done, explore the interactive features of the article: The Prosecutor’s Deal, the Defendant’s Dilemma. You have to scroll down to find this or use control f on your keyboard and type The Prosecutor's Deal.

    After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

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