How do the three branches of criminal justice operate as a cohesive system?

  

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes: Describe how the three branches of criminal justice operate as a cohesive system by analyzing their collaboration and communication practices Identify the impacts of historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections on shaping the current role of the criminal justice practitioner Illustrate how the use of emerging technology impacts the performance of the criminal justice practitioner Apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations in a way that adheres to ethical and professional standards Differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each of the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions
JUS 101 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
For the final assessment, you will create a career path investigation in which you answer questions related to each of the branches. You may complete your
project as either a Word document or as a presentation. Your investigation will be 45 pages or approximately 1015 slides. From your investigation into each of
the branches, you will be able to reflect on and determine a potential career path within the criminal justice field.
If you choose to follow a presentation format, these are some recommended programs: PowerPoint, Prezi, Pixxa Perspective, or Haiku Deck. In your
presentation, be sure to utilize the speaker notes section of each slide for the bulk of the content. The speakers notes are to be used to explain why you put the
information on the slide, and you will be assessed heavily on this information. The speaker notes are the words you would say if you were presenting the slides
to an audience. The tone of these notes should be professional. View this document for additional details on guidelines for presentations.
You will now be investigating three major areas involving the three branches of criminal justice. Before you proceed, consider your career aspirations in criminal
justice and where you might possibly see yourself upon completion of your degree. After each section, you will be given the chance to reflect upon your decision
based on your findings.
The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Four, and Five. The final product will be submitted in Module Seven.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

Describe how the three branches of criminal justice operate as a cohesive system by analyzing their collaboration and communication practices
Identify the impacts of historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections on shaping the current role of the criminal justice practitioner
Illustrate how the use of emerging technology impacts the performance of the criminal justice practitioner
Apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations in a way that adheres to ethical and professional standards
Differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each of the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions
Prompt
Choosing a career within the criminal justice field is a major, life-changing decision. Once you complete your criminal justice degree, you are then considered a
criminal justice professional. From this point forward, you will be evaluated, assessed, and analyzed as a person who is dedicated to a profession where your
actions are always being scrutinized. There is a tremendous weight and responsibility on those who choose this path, and you must learn whether or not you are
capable of doing what is required of these professionals. By the end of this course, you should know whether or not you should stay with this major. This
assessment will act as a guide as you investigate the three branches of criminal justice to make a decision concerning your career path. The specific branches you
will be examining are law enforcement, courts, and corrections. In investigating these, you should be able to decide where your interests lie within the criminal
justice field and whether or not you would like to continue on your potential career path.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Communication and Collaboration
The branches of criminal justice may appear to function autonomously, but there is a lot of interaction and collaboration between them. In this part of
the career investigation, you will need to think about some scenarios where communication and collaboration would be required for these branches to
function effectively and which branch appears to be more in line with how you approach communication and collaboration.
a) How does the ability to conduct legal searches differ between the police officer, probation officer, and prison guard in the performance of their
duties? Give an example of interagency collaboration when conducting a legal search.
b) A police officer was conducting an investigation involving an incarcerated prisoner. The police officer would like to know who the prisoner spoke
to on the phone and who visited him. Describe who the police officer would need to collaborate with to obtain that information, explaining why.
c) Lou, a suspect the officer was investigating in a burglary case, was just convicted for that crime. Prior to his sentence, a pre-sentence report
must be conducted. Who is most likely to conduct the investigation: the police officer, probation officer, or the prison guard? Who will he or she
collaborate with to complete the report? Support your response by explaining how this process impacts interagency collaboration.
d) Use the case study you selected for Milestone One, where communication and collaboration were driving factors, and discuss the impact of that
case in reshaping the role of the corrections practitioner.
e) Based on your findings regarding the differences in how each branch communicates with each other, which career path is most in line with your
communication and collaboration practices and why?
II. Technology
As technology evolves, criminal justice organizations need to be on the cutting edge of what is available to aid them in their investigations. In this part of
the career investigation, you will need to think about the use of emerging technology in some scenarios involving each of the criminal justice branches to
see which of the branches utilizes technology that interests you the most.
a) A police officer is assigned to conduct a burglary investigation. He describes the scene and says they found drops of blood, a hammer,
shoeprints, and a handprint. What types of technology are available for him, and how does the technology impact his ability to conduct a
thorough investigation?
b) A prison guard is assigned to the visitors entrance at the prison. What types of technology are available to him, and how does the technology
impact his ability to prevent visitors from smuggling in contraband?
c) A probation officer has been told that due to overcrowding in the state prison, nonviolent offenders will be released and put on probation.
What types of technology are available to her, and how does the technology impact her ability to maintain contact with these probationers?
d) Use the case study you selected for Milestone Two, where the use of technology was a driving factor, and discuss the impact of that case in
reshaping the role of the law enforcement practitioner.
e) Based on the differences in available and emerging technology in each of the branches, which career path uses technology that you have the
most interest in learning and utilizing, and why?
III. Ethical and Professional Practice
When people see criminal justice practitioners, they expect them to have strong ethical beliefs and act professionally at all times. In this part of the
career investigation, you will now think about some scenarios where each of the branches must act ethically and professionally to see which of the
professions fits best with how you think and act. Read the following scenarios and answer each prompt.
a) While on duty, a uniformed police officer went to a crowded neighborhood deli at lunchtime to buy a sandwich. The deli owner, Ari, told the
officer that it was on the house and payment was not necessary. What professional and ethical standards should be in place from the police
department to assist this officer in his decision making, and why should they be put in place?
b) A prison guard was assigned to patrol Cell Block 4. One of the guards high school buddies, Ray, is incarcerated on the same cell block for
possession of narcotics. Cigarettes are not allowed on prison property. While the guard was patrolling the cell block, Ray was smoking a
cigarette. If Ray is reported by the guard, he will not be eligible for parole. Ray pleads the guard to not report him. What professional and ethical
standards should be in place from the prison administration to assist this guard with decision making, and why should they be put in place?
c) What basic principle of constitutional law must a police officer, but not always a probation officer, follow when conducting an ethical and legal
search of a probationers house? Explain why this law is applicable to this situation.
d) Use the case study you selected for Milestone Three, where ethics or professional practice was a driving factor, and discuss the impact of that
case in reshaping the role of the practitioner in the court system.
e) Based on the ethical and professional practices of each of the branches, which career path is most in line with your ethical beliefs and
professional disposition, and why?
IV. Career Revision
Based on your investigation of the three branches of criminal justice, describe how your findings solidified or changed your career aspirations. If you
have opted to choose a different career path entirely than criminal justice, explain why.
Milestones
Milestone One: Communication and Collaboration
In Module Two, you will submit a draft of Section I above. Remember, you may complete your project as either a Word document or as a presentation. If you
select a presentation, it should be submitted as 23 slides. If you select a Word document, it should be 12 pages. This milestone graded with the Milestone
One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Technology
In Module Four, you will submit a draft of Section II above. Remember, you may complete your project as either a Word document or as a presentation. If you
select a presentation, it is submitted as 23 slides. If you select a Word document, it should be 12 pages. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Two
Rubric.
Milestone Three: Ethical and Professional Practice
In Module Five, you will submit a draft of Section III above. Remember, you may complete your project as either a Word document or as a presentation. If you
select a presentation, it is submitted as 23 slides. If you select a Word document, it should be 12 pages. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Three
Rubric.
Final Submission: Career Path Investigation
In Module Seven, you will submit your career path investigation. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final
product, including Section IV above, Career Revision. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission is graded
with the Final Product Rubric.
Deliverables
Milestone
Deliverable
Module Due
Grading
1
Communication and Collaboration
Two
Graded separately; Milestone One Rubric
2
Technology
Four
Graded separately; Milestone Two Rubric
3
Ethical and Professional Practice
Five
Graded separately; Milestone Three Rubric
Seven
Graded separately; Final Product Rubric
Final Submission: Career Path Investigation
Final Product Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: You may complete your project as either a Word document or as a presentation. Your career path investigation essay should be 45
pages, double-spaced, and use 12-point Times New Roman font, or your presentation should be between 10 and 15 slides, with speaker notes. The speaker
notes are the words you would say if you were presenting the slides to an audience. The tone of these notes should be professional.
Instructor Feedback: This activity uses an integrated rubric in Blackboard. Students can view instructor feedback in the Grade Center. For more information,
review these instructions.
Critical Elements
Exemplary (100%)
Communication and Meets Proficient criteria and
Collaboration: Legal cites specific, relevant examples
Search
and differences in a detailed
description
Proficient (85%)
Explains how the ability to
conduct legal searches differs
among the different roles listed
in the performance of their
duties and gives an example of
interagency collaboration when
conducting a legal search
Describes who the police officer
would need to collaborate with
and why
Needs Improvement (55%)
Explains how the ability to
conduct legal searches differs
among the different roles listed,
but does not give an example of
interagency collaboration, or the
example does not fully relate to
the interagency collaboration
Describes who the police officer
would need to collaborate with,
but does not explain why
Not Evident (0%)
Does not explain how the ability
to conduct legal searches differs
among the different roles listed
in the performance of their
duties
Value
6
Does not describe who the police
officer would need to collaborate
with
6
Identifies who would be most
likely to conduct the
investigation, but does not
identify who he/she would
collaborate with or does not
support response
Meets Proficient criteria and
Selects a court case and discusses Selects a court case, but does not
uses industry-specific language to the impact that case had in
discuss the impact that case had
establish expertise
reshaping the role of the
in reshaping the role of the
corrections practitioner
corrections practitioner
Meets Proficient criteria, and
Identifies which career path is
Identifies which career path is
rationale is well supported with most in line with personal
most in line with personal
specific examples
collaboration and
collaboration and
communication practices and
communication practices, but
provides an explanation
does not provide an explanation,
or explanation is illogical
Does not identify who would be
most likely to conduct the
investigation
6
Does not select a court case
6
Does not identify which career
path is most in line with personal
collaboration and
communication practices
6
Communication and Meets Proficient criteria and
Collaboration:
cites specific, relevant examples
Collaborate
and differences in a detailed
description
Communication and Meets Proficient criteria, and
Identifies who would be most
Collaboration:
explanation is exceptionally clear likely to conduct the
Presentence Report and contextualized
investigation and who he/she
would collaborate with, and
supports response
Communication and
Collaboration: Court
Case
Communication and
Collaboration: Career
Path
Technology: Police
Officer
Technology: Prison
Guard
Technology:
Probation Officer
Technology: Court
Case
Technology: Career
Path
Meets Proficient criteria and
uses examples to substantiate
the technology described
Describes the types of
technology available to the police
officer and how they impact his
ability to conduct a thorough
investigation
Meets Proficient criteria and
Describes the types of
uses examples to substantiate
technology available to the
the technology described
prison guard and how they
impact his ability to prevent
visitors from smuggling in
contraband
Meets Proficient criteria and
Describes the types of
uses examples to substantiate
technology available to the
the technology described
probation officer and how they
impact her ability to maintain
contact with the probationers
Meets Proficient criteria and
Selects a court case where the
uses industry-specific language to use of technology was a driving
establish expertise
factor and discusses the impact
that case had in reshaping the
role of the law enforcement
practitioner
Meets Proficient criteria, and
Identifies which career path uses
rationale is well supported with technology that would be the
specific examples
most interesting to learn and
utilize, providing rationale
Ethical and
Meets Proficient criteria and
Professional Practice: offers insight into how police
Standards
departments benefit from having
such standards put in place
Ethical and
Meets Proficient criteria and
Professional Practice: offers insight into how prisons
Decision Making
benefit from having such
standards put in place
Ethical and
Meets Proficient criteria and
Professional Practice: uses industry-specific language to
Principle
establish expertise
Determines which professional
and ethical standards should be
in place and explains why they
should be put in place
Determines which professional
and ethical standards should be
in place and explains why they
should be put in place
Accurately identifies the basic
principle of constitutional law
and explains why the law is
applicable in this situation
Describes the types of
technology available, but does
not describe how they impact his
ability to conduct a thorough
investigation
Describes the types of
technology available, but does
not describe how they impact his
ability to prevent visitors from
smuggling in contraband
Does not describe the types of
technology available to the police
officer
6
Does not describe the types of
technology available to the
prison guard
6
Describes the types of
technology available, but does
not describe how they impact her
ability to maintain contact with
the probationers
Selects a court case, but
technology was not a driving
factor or does not discuss the
impact that case had in reshaping
the role of the law enforcement
practitioner
Identifies which career path uses
technology that would be the
most interesting to learn and
utilize, but does not provide
rationale, or rationale is illogical
Determines which professional
and ethical standards should be
in place, but does not explain
why they should be put in place
Determines which professional
and ethical standards should be
in place, but does not explain
why they should be put in place
Identifies the basic principle of
constitutional law, but does not
explain why the law is applicable
in this situation or is inaccurate in
which basic principle applies
Does not describe the types of
technology available to the
probation officer
6
Does not select a court case to
discuss its impact
6
Does not identify which career
path uses technology that would
be the most interesting to learn
and utilize
6
Does not determine which
professional and ethical
standards should be in place
from the police department
Does not determine which
professional and ethical
standards should be in place
from the prison administration
Does not identify the basic
principle of constitutional law
6
6
6
Ethical and
Meets Proficient criteria and
Selects a court case where ethics
Professional Practice: uses industry-specific language to or professional practice was a
Court Case
establish expertise
driving factor and discusses the
impact that case had in reshaping
the role of the practitioner in the
court system
Ethical and
Meets Proficient criteria, and
Identifies which career path is
Professional Practice: rationale is well supported with most in line with personal ethical
Career Path
specific examples
beliefs and professional
disposition and provides
rationale
Career Revision:
Meets Proficient criteria, and
Describes impact of investigation
Career Aspirations description is exceptionally clear on career aspirations based on
and contextualized
findings
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and organization spelling, syntax, or organization
and is presented in a professional
and easy-to-read format
Selects a court case, but ethics or
professional practice was not a
driving factor, or does not discuss
the impact that case had in
reshaping the role of the
practitioner in the court system
Identifies which career path is
most in line with personal ethical
beliefs and professional
disposition, but does not provide
rationale, or rationale is illogical
Describes impact of investigation
on career aspirations, but
aspirations are not based on
findings
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas
Does not select a court case
6
Does not identify which career
path is most in line with personal
ethical beliefs and professional
disposition
6
Does not describe impact of
investigation on career
aspirations
6
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
Earned Total
4
100%

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the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions.

Introduction

The criminal justice system is comprised of three branches – law enforcement, courts, and corrections. These branches work together in a cohesive system to uphold justice in society. In this final project for JUS 101, students will investigate each of these branches and explore the potential career paths within the criminal justice field. Through this project, students will demonstrate their mastery of the course outcomes, including an understanding of the historical aspects that have shaped the current role of the criminal justice practitioner, the impact of emerging technology on their performance, and the ability to differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each branch.

Description

The JUS 101 final project is a career path investigation that will guide students in their exploration of the law enforcement, court, and corrections branches of the criminal justice system. Students can complete the project in either a written Word document or as a presentation. The investigation will be 45 pages in length or approximately 1015 slides. The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at different points in the course, and a final product that will be submitted at the end of the course.

Throughout the project, students will be able to reflect on their career aspirations and consider the potential paths that may be available to them within the field of criminal justice. By investigating historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections, students will gain an understanding of how these aspects have shaped the current role of criminal justice practitioners. Additionally, students will explore how emerging technology impacts their performance and learn to apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations.

Overall, the JUS 101 final project is designed to help students differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each branch of the criminal justice system, allowing them to make informed decisions about their future career paths. Whether completed as a written document or presentation, the project is a comprehensive investigation of the criminal justice system that requires students to demonstrate their mastery of the course outcomes.

the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions.

Objectives:
1. To investigate the three major areas involving the three branches of criminal justice.
2. To analyze the collaboration and communication practices of the three branches, and describe how they operate as a cohesive system.
3. To identify the impacts of historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections on shaping the current role of the criminal justice practitioner.
4. To illustrate how the use of emerging technology impacts the performance of the criminal justice practitioner.
5. To apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations in a way that adheres to ethical and professional standards.
6. To differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each of the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions.
7. To reflect on individual career aspirations in criminal justice and determine a potential career path within the criminal justice field.

Learning outcomes:
1. Students will be able to analyze the collaboration and communication practices of the three branches of criminal justice, describing how they operate as a cohesive system.
2. Students will be able to identify and describe the impacts of historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections on shaping the current role of the criminal justice practitioner.
3. Students will be able to illustrate how the use of emerging technology impacts the performance of the criminal justice practitioner.
4. Students will be able to apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations in a way that adheres to ethical and professional standards.
5. Students will be able to differentiate between the roles of practitioners in each of the three branches of the criminal justice system for making informed career path decisions.
6. Students will be able to reflect on personal career aspirations in criminal justice and determine a potential career path within the field.

Solution 1: Implementing Effective Collaboration and Communication Practices in the Three Branches of Criminal Justice

The three branches of criminal justice – law enforcement, courts, and corrections – operate as a cohesive system. However, collaboration and communication practices are key to ensuring their effectiveness. Enhancing these practices can lead to better coordination, more efficient operations, and overall improved performance. Here are some possible solutions:

1. Increase the use of technology: Adopting communication technologies, such as video conferencing and instant messaging, can greatly improve the speed and efficiency of communication between the three branches. This would allow for real-time collaboration on ongoing cases.

2. Organize cross-branch training sessions: Training law enforcement officers, judges, and correctional officers on the roles and responsibilities of each branch would help them understand the overall criminal justice system as a cohesive unit. This would also help them work together more effectively to resolve cases.

Solution 2: Shaping the Current Role of the Criminal Justice Practitioner by Examining Historical Aspects

Historical aspects of law enforcement, courts, and corrections have played a significant role in shaping the current role of the criminal justice practitioner. Examining these aspects can help us understand the evolution of the criminal justice system and its practitioners over time. Here are some possible solutions:

1. Incorporate historical context into criminal justice education: Providing students with an in-depth understanding of historical events that have influenced the criminal justice system would help them comprehend the important role they play within the current system and its evolution.

2. Challenge and re-evaluate current practices: Understanding the historical aspects of criminal justice can help practitioners challenge and re-evaluate current practices that may not be effective. By reflecting on the evolution of the system, practitioners can make better decisions and implement positive changes in their work.

Headings:

– Suggested Resources/Books
– Similar Asked Questions

Suggested Resources/Books:
1. Introduction to Criminal Justice by Robert M. Bohm
2. Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century by Frank J. Schmalleger
3. The American System of Criminal Justice by George F. Cole and Christopher E. Smith
4. Essentials of Criminal Justice by Larry J. Siegel
5. Crime and Justice in America: An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System by Joycelyn M. Pollock

Similar Asked Questions:
1. What are the historical aspects that have shaped law enforcement, courts, and corrections in the criminal justice system?
2. How does communication and collaboration among the three branches of criminal justice impact the system’s overall performance?
3. What is the role of emerging technology in the criminal justice system and how does its use impact the performance of practitioners?
4. How can practitioners apply basic principles of criminal and constitutional law to common criminal justice situations while adhering to ethical and professional standards?
5. What are the different roles of practitioners in law enforcement, courts, and corrections and how can one make an informed decision about their career path within the criminal justice system?

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