Criminal Justice system

A little background: You have learned about many aspects of the criminal justice system that have an affect on cases going to court and court proceedings. It is important that the CJ system is viewed in its totality in an effort to see how different factors affect the outcome and ultimately the quest for justice.

Directions: Based off of what you have learned in weeks 5 & 6 (and keeping in mind what you learned in weeks 1-4) you are to answer the following questions:
 Make up with a synopsis of a criminal act. This should be no longer than a paragraph. It should include the elements needed to answer the following questions.
Identify the crime(s) committed and the response by the police (this should detail the probable cause element for an arrest), suggest the charges for this individual (refer to the revised statutes in the state that you live to identify what crime(s) they may be charge with). You may have to do some additional outside research (besides the revised statutes in your state) using sources through the UMGC library to obtain some of this information.
Pretend that you are the District Attorney for this case. Explain your role in the prosecution of this case. Detail the information and steps that will be taken to take this case to trial. Explain the elements that must be necessary in order for the suspect to be convicted in the U.S. court system.
Format Directions:
Paper must be double spaced, 11 or 12 pt font and 1margins all around.
All APA 7th edition format requirements must be followed (cover page, in text citations, reference page). Refer to APA/UMGC – learning resources found in the content page of this course.
You must have resources to support your thoughts/opinions/information. These must be cited both in text as well as at the end of the document. Your paper should not contain direct quotes, sourced material must be paraphrased.
Answered in 1., 2., 3 format
Use reading (6.1-6.4) (6.8-6.13) & (7.1-7.10) from given source

ecodetective T11-Lab

This lab looks at water issues by having you be an ecodetective. Please go to the lab game at (Links to an external site.) and follow the directions. When you are finished, please provide a summary of the important points you learned in the lab, any comments you have concerning the lab simulation, and whether you would recommend using it again.

week 10 paper

Provide an example of an appropriate screening instrument for use with ONE of the following individuals and describe what factors contributed to your selection of the screening instrument:

  • A person diagnosed with major depressive disorder who consumes a bottle of wine daily
  • A person with dyslexia who smokes marijuana once every other week
  • A person with general anxiety disorder who consistently exhausts their prescriptions prematurely every month.
  • A person who is hearing impaired and injects heroin daily.

Reading Questions

For each reading we do this quarter, you will complete 5-6 reading questions. These questions are intended to get you actively engaged in the reading. It is crucial that you do the reading for this course, and being an active reader will aid your comprehension and understanding. These questions should help you be more targeted in your reading and therefore get a better sense for whats at stake therein. Furthermore, these questions will provide you with a study guide for the quizzes as the quiz questions will be taken directly from the reading questions. 


  1. In your responses, include only your name, the questions, and your answers to the questions.
  2. Number each question accordingly.
  3. Write in complete sentences.
  4. Write at least four sentences.
  5. USE ONLY THE SOURCE PROVIDED Beyond the Social Contract.pdf. 

a. In the first sentence, either paraphrase or directly quote the answer from the text. Provide the page number from which your drawing your answer. For our purposes, the page number alone will suffice. 

i. To paraphrase, state the answer in your own voice. The ideas remain the same, but the wording changes. 

b. In your second sentence, begin to articulate your own ideas about the text. Either articulate what confuses you, state what you take the author to be arguing, or apply the authors arguments to your own experience. 


  1. I will not count off if your answer is incorrect as long as you answer in complete sentences and write at least four sentences. Dont be nervous about getting things wrong. Rather,   the purpose of these questions is to get you to read. You can and should be confused at the outset of a reading. My job is to help you navigate this confusion and achieve a better      understanding by the time weve completed the semester.
  2. Points will be taken off if your answers are not in complete sentences.
  3. Points will be taken off if page numbers are not provided for answers given in the first sentence.
  4. Points will be taken off if you do not have at least a second sentence in which you expand  upon the first sentence. 

discussion board posts




For the purpose of this hypothetical question, assume that the actions occur in the fictional county of Roar in the fictional state of Lionsville.


You represent 30-year-old, Todd Holms, who has been convicted at trial of first-degree homicide. Todd suffers from severe and chronic depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. He has suffered with these mental illnesses for the past eight years and, as recently as last year, been admitted into a psychiatric institution as a result of these illnesses. The prosecution will be asking the jury to impose the death penalty since the victim in the case was only 10 years old. Argue to the judge why it is appropriate for the jury to hear the mitigating factors in this case which would lessen a potential death sentence for your client. In your argument refer to the law according to the cases of Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 585 (2002) and the case of Smith v. Texas, 125 S. Ct. 400 (2004).




For the purpose of this hypothetical question, assume that the actions occur in the fictional county of Roar in the fictional state of Lionsville.


You are the prosecutor in a rape case against defendant, Larry Stall. During your investigation in the case you become aware that DNA was discovered on the victim that does not match the DNA of the defendant, Stall. You choose not to disclose the DNA evidence to the defense. Larry Stall is thereafter convicted of the rape charge and is sentenced to 20 years in prison. What should be the result here and why?





For the purpose of this hypothetical question, assume that the actions occur in the fictional county of Roar in the fictional state of Lionsville.


Assume the same set of facts as Discussion One but now know that the laboratory, which is hired by the prosecution to perform the DNA analysis of the defendant, makes an error. The error results in a DNA match to Larry Stall where there really is none. As the defense counsel could you still argue for prosecutorial misconduct? Why or why not?

Personal Growth

Synthesize the knowledge that you have obtained during this course. In what ways do you feel better equipped to select channels and formats, create messages, and communicate strategically? Rate your progress with understanding of self-awareness, cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-monitoring skills. Identify areas for self-improvement.

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