Corrections and sentencing practices

Criteria and Expectations: Written Component 1. Research and Decide on 2 Current Events – Presidential Election – Michael Brown (Ferguson) • Do not merely state the current event- you must describe it. • In two pages (one for each event) describe the events and why they are significant important world events. * Use the historical significance guideposts to help guide your writing. ~What about this event makes it worthy for people to record? ~ What has been reported by the media-maybe give specific quotes or examples. ~ What do you think their impact on the greater world? 2. Identify 2 media outlets that reported it ( CNN, BBC, NBC, Washington Post ) and how they reported it. * Did the 2 media outlets report the same story or were their perspectives different? * How didsocial media play a role? Have specific examples * Describe You are judge who has been chosen by the Vera Institute of Justice to analyze European corrections and sentencing policies and practices with the purpose of recommending changes to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to address America’s problem of mass incarceration. You will use the Vera Institute of Justice report “Sentencing in Germany and Netherlands and Michael Moore\’s documentary on the prison system in Norway(using this weblink:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01mTKDaKa6Q to write a five-page paper that compares and contrasts the corrections and sentencing practices of the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands. Based on outcome measures such as violent crime rates, incarceration and recidivism rates, what recommendations would you make to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to address the problem of mass incarceration in America?

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