Part 2, Paper Assignment 2: The Policy (15% of final grade)
This part of the paper will require students think about their ethical issue and how to fix it. Your goal here shouldn’t necessarily be to eliminate whatever unethical behavior you are writing about; in many cases this will be impossible and/or completely impractical. What this part of the paper should demonstrate is that students recognize that policy design is related to ethical issues in criminal justice, that “bad” policies can have a significant effect on this relationship and that “good” policy design can go a long way in alleviating ethical abuses. Students have some freedom of choice here as they do in the first section of this paper. You may design a completely original policy or you may take an existing policy and explore how it can be improved and what effects that will have on ethical issues. Whichever you choose you must be able to cite research that provides evidence for your choices. Because of this need for evidence, students will be required to cite at least SIX “scholarly” sources for this paper. Scholarly sources include journal articles, government or think tank* reports and books written by scholars on the subject at hand. What distinguishes them from other writing is that they are generally peer-reviewed.
*Some think tanks are illegitimate. Examples of good ones are: Urban Institute, Rand Corp., ABT Associates. Please run the source by me if you are citing a think tank and are not sure if it a legitimate think tank or a partisan organization motivated/funded by ideology and not social science. Also, some government reports are not legitimate. If you choose to cite a government report, you may want to check with me first.
THIS PART OF THE PAPER WILL BE SUBMITTED AS PAPER ASSIGNMENT 2
As noted on the Course Schedule in the Syllabus, Paper Assignment 2 is due on Wednesday, April 12th. To complete this section of the paper, refer to the class materials on policy design and policy making (see Welsh and Harris readings and also the Reddington and Bonham readings as well).
This part of the paper should include:
➢ Goals and objectives of your policy
➢ The design of your policy
o Who is the target population?
o Who is the responsible authority?
o What are the provisions needed to effectively implement this policy?
o What are the procedures needed to effectively implement this policy?
➢ Discussion of your policy choices
o What are the alternative policy solutions? Why was this the best route among the alternatives? How this policy achieve its intended goals?
o How will you know your intervention/policy worked?
o Explain what data you will need to collect, what method of analysis you will use (i.e., quantitative, qualitative), and how this technique will address whether your solution can be said to work. This is the component that tells me you remembered something from Methods of Social Research.
(Hint: The design of your policy should answer “who does what to whom, in what order, how much and how often in order to achieve your goals and why is this the best course among all the alternatives?”)
(Second Hint: Think of this part of the paper as being a persuasion paper. Why are your choices for policy design better than what’s currently in place or better than the other alternatives? How exactly is your policy going to affect the outcomes of ethical dilemmas?)
At minimum for Paper Assignment 1: A good goal to aim for with Paper Assignment 2 is about 5-6 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman size 12 font. Of course, you can write more if you wish.
Once you have made clear what your policy is, you need to justify your choices with scholarly research. Part of this course demonstrates that just because a policy is in place does not mean it is a “good” or effective policy. This can be for a variety of reasons, from the nature of policy making, to poor choices in policy design, to unforeseen applications of discretion. Therefore, students will take this section of the paper to explain why their policy will be more effective than what currently exists and will do so by citing scholarly evidence. The evidence for this section is included in your SIX scholarly sources for this paper. The Pollock text will count as one scholarly source for this paper, as will Locked In or Newjack. The best papers will also draw in material from throughout the course. So, there will be at minimum 7 citations (APA STYLE) total for your paper since you’ll need to cite the criminological theory you apply.
After this assignment is submitted, the instructor will take about a week and a half to grade it and provide feedback to students. Feedback will be provided on an individual basis. Individual feedback will be provided on the paper itself. This feedback is in addition to in-class peer review.
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