The Legislature and Crime Control Policy

Crime control policy goes back to the founding principles laid out in the Constitution and the debate over federal versus state rights. In preparation for this discussion, review the crime control policies and initiatives that your congressman, congresswoman, or senator supports. Visit the congressional websites of the United States Senate (Links to an external site.) and the United States House of Representatives (Links to an external site.) for a wealth of information. There are a wide range of opinions on several crime control issues stemming from terrorism attacks (e.g., personal freedoms, surveillance, militarizing the police, etc.), response to school shootings (e.g., gun control, etc.), and gang and drug trafficking (e.g., Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, etc.).

Initial Post: Explain the key elements of your representative’s crime control policy. As you examine the Congressional policy process, how effective is your Senator or Representative’s policy on the overall state criminal justice system or one of the components? Are the state policies in alignment with the national policy? Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite your references with both in-text and APA citation at the end of your post. Your initial post is due by Day 3 (Thursday) and should be at least 400 words in length.

Guided Response: Review your peers’ posts, and compare and contrast the crime control initiatives of your representative substantively to at least two of your peers. Respond to at least one Instructor Response. How do the initiatives of your representatives align with your classmate’s representative and your understanding of the crime problem? Are the initiatives symbolic or substantive in nature? Will the initiatives serve the intended purpose? What will be the long term impact of these initiatives?

 
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