Discuss changes that you believe would increase fairness in the criminal justice system.

 
Lesson 4 Writing Assignment
Select ONE of the following topics to answer for the Lesson Writing Assignment. The writing assignment should be a minimum of 500 words. You should find most of the information you need to complete the assignment in the chapter, but you are allowed to use outside sources as well (such as news articles or government websites).  DO NOT simply copy the information word for word from your sources.  If you use information directly from the textbook or another source, it should be cited in the text and the properly formatted citation should be provided at the end of the assignment.  All assignments will be analyzed with Safe Assign to identify possible plagiarism.
1.  Read Chapter 9, including “You Decide: Voices of Texas: Elected or Appointed Judges?” and write an essay answering the following questions:

How well does the racial and gender composition of the judiciary reflect the demographics of the state’s population?
Should judges be elected or appointed?  What are the arguments for electing judges?  What are the arguments for appointing judges?
Should the selection system vary according to the type of judge?  Why or why not?
How should judges be selected in Texas?  Is there a way to make the process less political?
In the case of elected judges, should judges recuse themselves or abstain from cases that affect their largest campaign contributors?
How informed do you think the public is about judicial elections and judicial candidates?
If you were voting for a judge, would you take the time to learn about the candidates and their qualifications or would you vote based on party affiliation?

 2.  Read Chapter 12, including “You Decide: Voices of Texas: Abortion Policy in Texas,” and write an essay answering the following questions:

How does Texas compare to other states with regards to providing services for poor citizens?
What is the age and race/ethnicity breakdown of the uninsured in Texas?
What programs are used to provide coverage to the uninsured? How are those programs funded?
What steps has Texas taken to influence abortion rates in the state?
Does Texas’ sonogram law violate free speech for the physician?  For the patient?
Should the state pass laws mandating what information physicians share with their patients?

3.  Read Chapter 13, including “You Decide: Voices of Texas: Cite and Release: Necessary Cost-Savings or Soft on Crime?” and write an essay answering the following questions:

Are all defendants treated equally in the Texas criminal justice system?  Why or why not?
Why do you think certain groups are overrepresented or underrepresented in the prison system?
At times the integrity of the criminal justice system has been called into question.  What are some of the events that have led to this situation?
What is cite and release and why was it implemented?
Do you believe that more counties should adopt cite and release?  Why or why not?
Discuss at least two changes that you believe would increase fairness in the criminal justice system.

Online assistance for writing assignments is available through the Writing Lab in Blackboard.  Select Enroll from the dropdown box by the EnglishTutor link.

Explain why it is or is not appropriate to associate indirect costs with program costs.

Discussion Question
In nonprofit budgeting, it is important to allocate direct costs to specific programs and services.
Discuss the following:

Explain why it is or is not appropriate to associate indirect costs with program costs.
Evaluate and explain how you can distinguish between program costs and indirect costs.
Describe how these costs off-set.
Discuss the role of “in-kind” donations as a vehicle to decrease costs and/or improve revenue flow.

Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in political system.

 
SLO #3
Activity for Assessment:
3) In the last section of the course, we examined the politics of policy issues.
In answering the question below, take the following two things into account:
1. The contrasting positions of Republican lawmakers and Democratic lawmakers on the various issues we examined.
2. The nature of the Republican Party coalition and the nature of the Democratic Party coalition. (Party coalition is the term for the groups that tend to support a particular party, such as the voting support that black Americans give to the Democratic Party.)
QUESTION: How does the nature of each party’s coalition explain the positions that each party’s lawmakers take on policy issues? In your answer, provide an example from at least three of the five policy issue sessions (the five sessions were: social issues, fiscal and monetary issues, welfare and income issues, regulatory issues, and trade issues).
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Program-Level Objectives met with this assignment:(PLO: 1,2,5,6)
1: Communication Skills-to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
2: Critical Thinking Skills-to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
5: Personal Responsibility-to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making
6: Social Responsibility-to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and         global communities
Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:(CLO: 5,6,7,8)
5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.
6. Analyze the election process.
7. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens
8. Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics

How are County Commissioners chosen? What are the terms of a County Commissioner

from irving place. most of them are one word question and the one for paragraph needs only 5 lines.
  
1. Who is your county commissioner? What district or place does he represent? 
2. How are County Commissioners chosen? What are the terms of a County Commissioner?
3. Write one paragraph describing the job of county commissioner. (In your own words)
4. Who is your County Judge?
5. What does the county judge do? (In your own words)
6. Who is your county Sheriff? 
7. What does the country Sheriff do? (In your own words)
8. Watch a video on YouTube or other website on a Local issue in your city. Be sure to include the link to the video and make sure the video is at least 3 minutes long. Summarize the points made in the video. 
9. Write a four-paragraph summary of an article for an OP-ED written on a State or local issue. Be sure to include a link to the op-ed.Make sure you cover the following questions. 
a. What is the argument of the op-ed?
b. Why is this an important issue?
c. To what extent do you agree with the author? Why? To what extent do you disagree? Why?

Discuss the tension and conflicting interests of social spending that targets the elderly versus that which benefits children and young people.

 
In a well-developed essay, of at least 500 words, discuss the tension and conflicting interests of social spending that targets the elderly versus that which benefits children and young people. In your discussion, tell me your opinion of whether the balance we currently have is: 1) just; 2) far- or short-sighted; and 3) reasonable. Discuss as well what you believe to be the justification for this disparity as well as your thoughts about how things should or should not be changed.
Essays are to be word processed; a minimum of 500 words; single spaced with the standard default 12 pt. font (Word’s default font is Times New Roman) and normal margins, etc.

 

Describe key elements of the role that Congress plays within the U.S. federal system.

 

Please respond to the following:

Based on the scenario and the knowledge gained from this section, address the following:

Describe key elements of the role that Congress plays within the U.S. federal system, with particular focus on Congress’ ability to reflect the will of the people. Support your argument with at least two concrete examples.
What are some of the issues that Congress is permitted by the Constitution to be involved in? (See Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution…)
What are some of the thing Congress is NOT allowed to do?
What is the role of Congress in relation to the role of the President, keeping in mind that they are two SEPERATE and COEQUAL branches of government?
What has been the results of the 17th Amendment on the Congress, states, and the country as a whole?

Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.

 
Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

(1) Assignments should be 2-3 double-spaced pages, with reasonable (12 pt.) font and reasonable (1 inch) margins.
(2) Citations to the material are required; in-text citations are preferred (MLA style).

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Assignment Two:
SLO #2: Political Parties and Interest Groups. 
Activity for assessment:
2) This part of the course included sessions on political parties and interest groups. Parties and groups are intermediaries—each is a way in which people can make their views known to government and can try to influence public policy. In your view, which entity—parties or groups—has the greater influence on government policy? Explain the basis for your conclusion.
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Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:(CLO: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8)

1. Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.
3. Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.
5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.
7. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens
8. Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics

Discuss some of the recent events that have led Americans to reevaluate their feelings toward government.

 Political analysts have identified a significant change in the American public’s level of trust in government over the last 50 years. Describe the direction of this change and discuss some of the recent events that have led Americans to reevaluate their feelings toward government. Is there any reason to be worried about how much trust citizens have in their government? What does it mean to be a citizen and how has our ideal of citizenship been influenced by the ancient Greeks? How important is political knowledge to citizenship? 

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