CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

An overview of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system.

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04/21/2011

What "luxuries" should inmates be allowed? i.e. cable, private bathrooms, playing cards, books, etc. Is babysitting the wrong method of watching inmates?

04/21/2011

does the death penalty provide a crime deterrent or does it tell the public that killing is OK?

ThinkProgress          » Palm Trees Come To Cleveland: FreedomWorks Uses Discredited Footage In New. 03/18/2011

ThinkProgress » Palm Trees Come To Cleveland: FreedomWorks Uses Discredited Footage In New.

ThinkProgress » Palm Trees Come To Cleveland: FreedomWorks Uses Discredited Footage In New. FreedomWorks, a right-wing group bankrolling the Tea Party, has a new advertisement it is planning to run in Ohio supporting Gov. John Kasich’s union-busting efforts. The advertisement tries to paint union protesters in Ohio as violent thugs. One problem: the ad uses footage from an old union protes

03/17/2011

if the bill allowing students to carry fi****ms on campus passes, what will your reaction be?

ThinkProgress » Blog Archive » FL GOP Rep. Says 11-Year-Old Was Gang R***d ‘Because She Was Dressed. 03/17/2011

ThinkProgress » Blog Archive » FL GOP Rep. Says 11-Year-Old Was Gang R***d ‘Because She Was Dressed.

ThinkProgress » Blog Archive » FL GOP Rep. Says 11-Year-Old Was Gang R***d ‘Because She Was Dressed. A Florida state house subcommittee passed a bill — the so-called “Sagging Pants” bill — that would require state school districts to adopt a dress code that prohibits students from “wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner.” “This would make for a better

The Hidden Life of Guns - A Washington Post Investigation 03/13/2011

The Hidden Life of Guns - A Washington Post Investigation

The Hidden Life of Guns - A Washington Post Investigation A year-long investigation by four Washington Post reporters documenting the ways guns move through American society, from sales at retail dealers to crimes on city streets.

03/08/2011

Why should/shouldn't people carry concealed weapons on college campuses?

03/08/2011

Peoria woman exonerated by judge seeking $12.6 million

Peoria woman exonerated by judge seeking $12.6 million Peoria woman exonerated by judge seeking $12.6 million, A Peoria day-care provider exonerated by a judge in a death-penalty murder case involving the 2007 sudden death of a baby boy is seeking $12.6 million in damages from the city and Maricopa County.

Father: I will kill my 5-year-old son's murderer 03/08/2011

Father: I will kill my 5-year-old son's murderer

Take different perspectives - the father of the victim, the offender, the courts, and prospective juror in the case the father carries out his threat - and discuss what should be done in this case.

Should the father be arrested for making a threat?

Do you see an opportunity to help the victim's father with his recovery (assuming that he is willing)?

Father: I will kill my 5-year-old son's murderer The father of a five-year-old boy slain in 1975 has vowed to murder the man who did it "as aggressively and painfully as he killed my son" if he is released from prison early.

States Prosecute Fewer Teenagers in Adult Courts 03/06/2011

States Prosecute Fewer Teenagers in Adult Courts

States Prosecute Fewer Teenagers in Adult Courts With states raising the age of adult criminal responsibility, New York might be, by year’s end, the only state where adulthood, in criminal matters, begins at 16.

Closer to the Truth About Big Branch 03/03/2011

Closer to the Truth About Big Branch

Closer to the Truth About Big Branch A grand jury has made clear that Big Coal cannot cover up why so many miners perished at the Upper Big Branch mine.

Me Facing Life, Independent Lens, PBS Video 03/02/2011

Me Facing Life, Independent Lens, PBS Video

Thought provoking documentary - what should we do with children who commit violent crimes? Before you answer, consider the background and age of the victim.

Me Facing Life, Independent Lens, PBS Video Me Facing Life - Complete Program

02/24/2011

Thoughts on the weird cannibal incident; how does consent effect a trial/prosecution?

Lambda Alpha Epsilon  ::  Department of Criminal Justice 02/24/2011

Lambda Alpha Epsilon :: Department of Criminal Justice

In case you missed the intro to class or didn't pick up a packet, here is the website for Lambda Alpha Epsilon at BSU.

http://sspa.boisestate.edu/criminaljustice/student-organizations/lambda-alpha-epsilon/

Lambda Alpha Epsilon :: Department of Criminal Justice LAE is an organization open to all students interested in a career in criminal justice. This organization participates in regional and national conferences in which a variety of competitions are held. Such competitions include: written exams (criminal law and procedure, law enforcement, correctio

FDA knew of problems at plant that made tainted alcohol wipes 02/23/2011

FDA knew of problems at plant that made tainted alcohol wipes

The child died Dec 1, 2010. The FDA new about the problems at the manufacturing plant back in 2009. The products were recalled January 5, 2011. Why isn't this a case of murder?

FDA knew of problems at plant that made tainted alcohol wipes The death of a Houston toddler blamed on contaminated alcohol wipes has prompted dozens of reports of similar infections even as documents show government inspectors knew about problems at a Wisconsin medical products plant as early as 2009.

02/22/2011

What do you think about discrimination in the hiring process? Such as not hiring people who smoke, are overweight, have chronic illness or disability because they could raise your insurance and risk?

02/22/2011

Should employers be allowed to ask to view your page? What is your opinion on this?

Facebook: Government employer asks man for Facebook login during job interview 02/22/2011

Facebook: Government employer asks man for Facebook login during job interview

Students can expect more of this type of background checking as employers (public and private) are seeking reasons NOT to hire someone.

Facebook: Government employer asks man for Facebook login during job interview Maryland Department of Corrections asks a candidate for his Facebook password. Is this the next privacy frontier?

Craig Watkins on Preventing Wrongful Convictions 02/19/2011

Craig Watkins on Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Craig Watkins on Preventing Wrongful Convictions The Drum Major Institute's Marketplace of Ideas event features Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins speaking on his successful policies to prevent wrongful convictions and exonerate the innocent.

02/17/2011

Who saw Shawn the Baptist on the quad today? Opinions on what he is doing?

02/17/2011

Last night's presentation by Kirk Bloodsworth was informative, entertaining, and very moving. He highlighted many of the issues that make reducing the number of wrongful convictions so important. What are some of these problems? What can you do to address these issues in Idaho?

Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups Who Benefit From Drug Prohibition 02/16/2011

Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups Who Benefit From Drug Prohibition

Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups Who Benefit From Drug Prohibition In 1992, Jim Gray, a conservative judge in conservative Orange County, California, held a press conference during which he recommended that we rethink our drug laws. Back then, it took a great deal of courage to suggest that the war on drugs was a failed policy. Today, more and more Americans ar

02/16/2011

Budget Crunch Forces A New Approach To Prisons : NPR

Budget Crunch Forces A New Approach To Prisons : NPR More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and the cost is becoming unbearable for many state and federal governments. Even some "tough-on-crime" conservatives are starting to call for the release of inmates.

02/15/2011

Sterilization of women so they cannot reproduce?! What do you think?

02/15/2011

What do you think is the biggest factor in determining why people commit crimes?

02/15/2011

What do you think is the best policy for deterrence?

Study: Substance abuse treatment saves the state $$, but it's being cut anyway - Eye On Boise - Spok 02/15/2011

Study: Substance abuse treatment saves the state $$, but it's being cut anyway - Eye On Boise - Spok

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Study: Substance abuse treatment saves the state $$, but it's being cut anyway - Eye On Boise - Spok Idaho now has the data to show that its substance abuse treatment services directly save the state money - for every $1 spent on treatment costs, Idaho avoided $1.38 in criminal justice costs, according to new research from the Washington State University Public Policy Center. But the news comes as

02/10/2011

Would you rather see resources spent on rehabilitating inmates, or see money put towards victim rehabilitation?

02/10/2011

Do community programs like Neighborhood Watch help or hurt the fear of crime?

02/08/2011

How do you feel we should compensate those who are exonerated after being wrongfully convicted?

Guy calls 911 and Confesses to Growing Ma*****na - Robert Michelson Smokes Pot and Called Cops 02/08/2011

Guy calls 911 and Confesses to Growing Ma*****na - Robert Michelson Smokes Pot and Called Cops

Guy calls 911 and Confesses to Growing Ma*****na - Robert Michelson Smokes Pot and Called Cops Robert Michelson called 911 at 8 p.m. on Thursday and asked how much trouble he could get into by growing one ma*****na plant. The dispatcher said he could get arrested. Michelson replied thanks and hung up. He made the call from his home in Farmington Connecticut. Police discovered for themselv

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