Students will select a specific criminal justice agency (police, courts, corrections) or social service/non-profit agency mentioned in the course materials OR a criminal justice agency or social service/ non-profit agency about which they are interested. The student will research and write about the agency, its career opportunities, minimum requirements for the specific job(s), and the extent to which it offers and facilitates volunteer service learning opportunities to college students (example: internships). In writing about the agency, the student should strive to reflect an understanding of the structure and function of the criminal justice system and the selected agency beyond what is written in the course textbook or other course materials to understand human relations and recognize the need to relate to the public, and in particular, to pursue service-learning (example: internships), volunteer and/or research opportunities with the agency.
Reflect an understanding of the structure and function of the criminal justice system.
The paper should be three (3) to four (4) pages (double-spaced) in length. The paper should include at least three (3) sources in addition to the course textbook or other course materials.
Textbook: Brian K. Payne, Willard M. Oliver, & Nancy E. Marion, Introduction to criminal justice: A
balanced approach (SAGE, 2nd edition, 2019).
Rubric: Papers will be graded on a hundred (100) point scale using the following criteria:
(a) Technical Form: Up to ten (10) points will be awarded for form of the paper. Form includes
compliance with: any directions presented in the syllabus regarding page limitations, number of sources, etc., and the directions given in class by the instructor regarding the formatting of papers.
(b) Citation Style: Up to twenty (15) points will be awarded for appropriate citation form.
(c) Writing Style: Up to ten (15) points will be awarded for the writing style and physical
presentation of the paper. Writing Style includes the use of proper grammar, spelling,
sentence structure, etc. Note that each mistake in a paper that violates any of the rules
governing writing style will result in a loss of points in this category of assessment.
(d) Organization: Up to twenty (20) points will be awarded for the paper’s organization.
Organization includes the clarity of the construction of the arguments, the logical presentation of
arguments and their components, as well as sources, etc.
(e) Content: Up to forty (40) points will be awarded for the content of the paper with respect to
the thoroughness and quality of the analyses contained therein.
**NOTE: Zero points may be awarded in any of the categories of assessment when work demonstrates a lack of effort or is otherwise unsatisfactory. Late submissions will not be accepted unless an extension is granted by the instructor in advance of the due date. Any student submitting a late paper will receive a grade of zero.