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Access the Victims’ compensation websites in your state and the National Center for Victims of Crime website (http://www.ncvc.org).

View the following in Criminology in the 21st Century:

  • Criminology Interviews: Director and Chief of Victimization Stats
  • Terrorism: A Study in Public Safety

View the following Films on Demand videos:

  • Targeting Terrorism
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Surveillance
  • What is Biometrics?

Research the following:

  • U.S. Patriot Act
  • The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003
  • Homeland Security Act of 2002

Write a 2,100- to 2,400-word paper addressing the following:

  • Future directions of crime fighting and it’s role in social policy implication
  • The potential for specific crime-fighting methodologies, such as using biometrics, implementing cybercrime spyware, or mandating DNA collection programs
  • Evolving law enforcement and forensic technologies used to detect criminal activities
  • Possible civil liberty or ethical violations as they relate to the evolving technologies you included in the paper

Discuss how the evolution of crime fighting may affect social policy from national and international perspectives.

Consider how the evolving technologies relate to national and international policymaking.

View the following Films on Demand videos:

  • Drug Control in Central Asia
  • Child Exposure to Domestic Violence

 Choose from the following options in which you will complete your assignment:

  • Option 1: Microsoft® PowerPoint® Presentation
  • Option 2: Podcast
  • Option 3: Paper

Read the instructions in Policy Issues Assignments document and select one option to complete the assignment.

View the following Theories of Crime videos in CJ Criminology.

Social Structure Theories section:

Social Process Theories section:

Social Conflict Theories section:

Read the instructions in the Examining Theory document and select one of the following options to complete the assignment.

  • Option 1: Social Structure Theory Paper
  • Option 2: Social Process and Social Development Theory Paper

Choose a criminal offender who committed crimes due to a biological reason.

Write a 1,400- to 2,100-word paper discussing the genetic or physiological evidence that supports the notion that biology played a key role in explaining the offender’s criminality.

Research the behaviors that constitute psychopathy. Discuss in detail the specific behaviors demonstrated by the offender that align with behaviors indicative of a psychopathic individual. Case examples include the following:

  • Andrea Yates and the documented evidence of psychiatric issues, including post-partum depression, prior to the murders of her five children
  • Charles Whitman, known as the Texas Tower Sniper, and the presence of a tumor discovered post-mortem alleged to have played a role in his overt acts of aggression
  • John Hinckley, Jr. and the documented evidence of psychiatric issues leading to his controversial insanity defense in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan

View the Classical School of Thought in Criminology located in Criminology in the 21st Century.

Imagine the following scenario:

You are working in the bureau of the state’s department of corrections responsible for the facilities in the state prison system.  A bill is working its way through the Criminal Justice Policy committee of the state legislature.  If it passes, it would double the maximum prison term for anyone convicted of armed robbery. However, your state is under a Federal Court Order to maintain or reduce the number of inmates being held on felony convictions.

Consider policy making as it relates to criminal offenses. What recommendations would you make? What are the reasons for your recommendations? Is this a good bill or a bad bill? Is this bill effective?

Discuss the following in your collaborative group:

  • Objectives of the bill
  • Goals of the bill
  • Possible solutions for the bill
  • Justification for why the bill should be approved or not.
  • What recommendations would you make to the state’s department of corrections, regarding the expected increase of incarcerated individuals, due to the passage of this bill?

Prepare a 700-word paper summarizing your group’s discussion and findings.

View the following Films on Demand:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Experiment Research and Design
  • Selecting a Sample

View the following Crime videos in CJ Criminology:

  • Introduction to Crimes Kiosk
  • Defining and Measuring Crime

View the following video in Criminology in the 21st Century:

Utilize FBI Uniform Crime Report data and select one offense, such as burglary, in two metropolitan areas.

Choose metropolitan areas with different data.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper comparing the occurrence of the offense in the selected areas. Identify the number of occurrences reported to the police for each area, and address the following questions:

  • Which area had more reported incidents?
  • What were the rates of the crime for each area?
  • Did the rates change over time in either area?
  • What factors might explain the differences in the rates?