Final Project – An Application of the Criminal Justice System

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No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper.

Resources should be summarized or paraphrased with appropriate in-text and Resource page citations.

This assignment is to demonstrate your mastery of how the criminal
justice system works. This assignment is designed to give you an
opportunity to display your knowledge of the parts and processes of the
criminal justice system. The more specific and detailed the paper is,
the more effective it will be in demonstrating your understanding of the

Step 1. Select one of the three Case Studies below. Where there is
more than one person arrested/charged in that case, please focus on ONE
of the subjects for the purpose of this research paper.

Step 2. Describe the process that the offender would go through in
the criminal justice system, beginning with arrest. For purposes of this
assignment you are to assume that the offender will be eventually
convicted, thus your paper should also include all stages in the
criminal justice process subsequent to conviction. Upon conviction, you
must also determine the probable sentence the offender will receive,
(institutionalization or community-based supervision); explain why the
sentence you have chosen would most likely occur, and what the offender
can expect in light of this sentence. Students who exhibit mastery of
this project and how the system works will also provide a probable
alternative to the selected sentence, fully explaining “why” this
alternative could also occur. In essence, this paper will track the
offender from removal from the community by police, to return to the
community free of imposed supervision. (NOTE: There is a display of the
Criminal Justice System Flowchart in Content-> Course Resources ->
Global Criminal Justice Resources.)

Step 3. Conclude your analysis by discussing what you believe to be
the weakest link in the criminal justice process and the strongest link
in the process. Provide explanations to support your assessments for
both. Careful critical thinking is required. Invest considerable effort
in thinking about what you have learned over the course of the term in
addressing this final aspect of the mission.

The sources you are
to use to obtain information for your descriptions of the criminal
justice process include the course reading material and two peer-reviewed
journal articles. As an academic paper it must contain APA formatted
citations throughout the paper whenever information is being presented
from a source. You can find examples of citations and references through
the following links:

Even though you may have personal experience in the field (e.g.
police officer) or use knowledge obtained in previous courses,
information used in this paper must be supported through the use of
citations which meet the criteria for sources indicated above.

An example of the correct page header and title page format can be found in Unit 3 of the APA Tutorial in the Course Content.

Here are the sections that should appear in your paper, each of which should be subtitled:

  • · Introduction
  • · A brief description of the crime
  • · Description of the processes in the adult American criminal
    justice system the offender would go through, beginning with arrest
  • · Your analysis of the weakest and strongest links in the criminal justice process
  • – Conclusion

Form and Format Requirements

  • · Paper should be a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 2,000 words
  • · Double space
  • · 12 pt. font
  • · 1” margins
  • · Use APA citations for all sources
  • · Include reference page (not included in word count)
  • ·Additionally –
    • · Create a cover page for your assignment (not included in word count)
    • · Include your name
    • · Course title and number
    • · Project title
    • · Topic selected
    • · Date of submission

Case Study 1 – Child abuse

Watch the following YouTube video.

Following an introductory paragraph, your project assignment should start with the arrest of Melissa Chambers OR Travis Derrick.

Case Study 2 – Gambling

Watch the following YouTube video.

Following an introductory paragraph, your project assignment should
start with the arrest of the Tracy Yoshimura. You may assume the scope
and scale of this gambling operation is sufficient for felony criminal
charges in this jurisdiction.

Case Study 3 – Arson and Murder

Watch the following YouTube video.

Following an introductory paragraph, your project assignment should start with the arrest of the Brandon Bledsoe OR Heather Raferty.

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