The Ever Changing Face of Corrections
Prepare a 12-15 page paper (excluding title and reference pages) which analyzes the viability of current, exclusively publicly financed and supported prison facilities and, alternatively, privately owned prisons. Your analyses must include at least seven of the following fourteen considerations:
1. Historical impediments to change
2. Budgetary concerns
3. Safety issues (both internal and to the public)
4. Prison management issues
5. Labor issues (union vs. non-union, etc.)
6. Accountability issues
8. Oversight issues
9. Continuity issues of management/ownership, etc.
10. Constitutional issues
11. Compatibility with courts and sentencing directives
12. Economic viability issues
13. Prison alternatives for drug offenders
14. Analyses concerning juvenile vs. adult inmates considerations
Predict the future of prison within the United States. Which form of incarceration will predominate over the next two decades? Provide a “best practices” component by creating policies that are both cost effective and responsive to future prison needs.
Include at least five outside, scholarly articles to support your conclusions.
Summative Assignment Grading Criteria
Content Criteria 20 Points
Students properly utilize and apply at least five outside, scholarly articles.
A minimum of seven of the fourteen listed issues are explored in depth, pros and
cons debated, with realistic predictions about the viability of U.S. prison systems
over the next two decades and creative emphases on best outcomes.
Writing and Organization Criteria 4 Points
The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.
The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.
Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.
Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.
Spelling is correct.
Research Criteria 3 Points
The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.
Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wilkipedia.com and about.com.
Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).
Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.
When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.
Style Criteria 3 Points
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
Total Possible Points 30 Points
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