Defendants and Victims

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Topic: Defendants and Victims



A crime resulting in the death of or severe injury to the victim can have a profound impact on a spouse, children, co-workers, brothers and sisters, and the community. Some contend that the criminal justice system focuses too much on the troubled past of the defendant and not the devastating impact on the victim of violent crime.



Thread:

  • Assume you are on a committee that has been asked to evaluate the current rules regarding what information may be presented regarding:
    • 1) the defendant’s past and,
    • 2) the impact of the victim’s injuries/death as a result of the crime.
  • Evaluate the current rules regarding the admission of prior crimes or bad acts by the defendant as well as how his background/life led him to commit the crime.
  • Evaluate the current rules regarding the admission of prior crimes or bad acts by the victim as well as the limitations on victim impact statements.
  • You may use either the federal court rules or your state's rules.
  • Provide both the scriptural and scholarly criminal sources you are relying on to form your analysis.

Submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 4.



Discussion Board Forums Assistance:

What factors should define the limits of why a defendant acted in such a way as to cause the death or injury of another person? Sexual abuse? Physical abuse of a parent? Poverty? Bullying? Traumatic Brain Injury? Drug/alcohol addiction? Can the defendant raise the issue of the victim’s criminal history, immoral lifestyle, or fringe religious beliefs? Can the defendant produce a video with music and poetry describing his/her childhood and efforts to overcome a troubled life? What factors should define the limits on whose views about the impact of the victim’s injury or death may be heard and what types of testimony can be given? Immediate family? Friends of friends? Employers? Neighbors? Patients? Must those speaking on behalf of the victim appear and testify? Can they just send in a letter? Can they produce a video with music and poetry? Can they speak only about the victim or can they also share their views about the defendant?

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. You are required to post a thread of 150–250 words.



must properly integrate at least 1 scholarly criminal justice source published within the last 10 years as well as properly integrate at least 1 biblical source using current APA formatting.

 

 

Discussion Board Forums Grading Rubric

Criteria

Points

Possible

Points

Earned

Thread

0 to 10 points

Required word count (150–250 words) is met.

 

Thread

0 to 10 points

All key components of the discussion board question are answered.

 

Thread

0 to 10 points

·      Thoughtful criminal justice analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, comparing/contrasting concepts)

·      Relates key issues to scriptural/biblical principles with use of at least one citation.

 

Thread

0 to 10 points

Every major point is supported by the proper integration of at least one scholarly criminal justice sources published in the last 10 years.

 

Thread

0 to 5 points

Free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.

 

Thread

0 to 5 points

Free of current APA citation errors for sources.

 

Replies

0 to 10 points

Required minimum word count (at least 150 words) for each of the 2 replies.

 

Replies

0 to 10 points

·      Moves discussion forward, identifies new issues, and brings clarity to issues being discussed.

·      Relates key issues to scriptural/biblical principles and experience through use of at least one biblical citation.

 

Replies

0 to 10 points

Every major point, in each reply, is supported by the proper integration of at least one scholarly criminal justice source published iwthin the last 10 years.

 

Replies

0 to 10 points

Each reply is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.

 

Replies

0 to 10 points

Each reply is free of current APA citation errors.

 

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