Corrections and Victims’ Rights

Assignment 5: Corrections and Victims’ Rights
Due Week 10 and worth 200 points
Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Website, and review the “Resources For Victims & Witnesses,” located at http://www.bop.gov/resources/victim_resources.jsp. Next, go to the American Correctional Association Website, and review the ACA Code of Ethics, located at http://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf. Lastly, go to Cornell University Law Schools’ Website, and review “18 U.S. Code Crime § 3771 – Crime victims’ rights,” located at http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3771.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1) Examine the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Provide your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Justify your response.
2) Determine whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Provide a rationale for your response.
3) Debate which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Provide a rationale for your response.
4) Review the following three (3) statements, and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
“Our job is not to punish.”
“Legal liability issues.”
“The rules don’t apply.”
5) Recommend two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
6) Debate the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
7) Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Defend the purposes of corrections.
Analyze important issues facing the correctional enterprise today, including privatization, special needs populations, and disparities pertaining to race, religion, and economics.
Analyze key issues pertinent to victims of crime.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in correctional facility policies.
Write clearly and concisely about correctional facility policies using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric found here.
Points: 200
Assignment 5: Corrections and Victims’ Rights
Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 60% F
Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Examine the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Provide your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Justify your response.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or incompletely examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Did not submit or incompletely provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Did not submit or incompletely justified your response.
Insufficiently examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Insufficiently provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Insufficiently justified your response.
Partially examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Partially provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Partially justified your response.
Satisfactorily examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Satisfactorily provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Satisfactorily justified your response.
Thoroughly examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Thoroughly provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Thoroughly justified your response.
2. Determine whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Provide a rationale for your response.

Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.
Insufficiently determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.
Partially determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Partially provided a rationale for your response.
Satisfactorily determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.
Thoroughly determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
3. Debate which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Provide a rationale for your response.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.
Insufficiently debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.
Partially debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Partially provided a rationale for your response.
Satisfactorily debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.
Thoroughly debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
4a. Review the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
4b. Review the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
4c. Review the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
5. Recommend two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Insufficiently recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Partially recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Satisfactorily recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Thoroughly recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
6. Debate the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Insufficiently debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
 Partially debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Satisfactorily debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Thoroughly debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
7. 3 references
Weight: 5%
No references provided
Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.
Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.
Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.
Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 8 errors present
7-8 errors present
5-6 errors present
3-4 errors present
0-2 errors present

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Corrections and Victims’ Rights

Assignment 5: Corrections and Victims’ Rights
Due Week 10 and worth 200 points
Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Website, and review the “Resources For Victims & Witnesses,” located at http://www.bop.gov/resources/victim_resources.jsp. Next, go to the American Correctional Association Website, and review the ACA Code of Ethics, located at http://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf. Lastly, go to Cornell University Law Schools’ Website, and review “18 U.S. Code Crime § 3771 – Crime victims’ rights,” located at http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3771.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1) Examine the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Provide your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Justify your response.
2) Determine whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Provide a rationale for your response.
3) Debate which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Provide a rationale for your response.
4) Review the following three (3) statements, and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
“Our job is not to punish.”
“Legal liability issues.”
“The rules don’t apply.”
5) Recommend two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
6) Debate the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
7) Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Defend the purposes of corrections.
Analyze important issues facing the correctional enterprise today, including privatization, special needs populations, and disparities pertaining to race, religion, and economics.
Analyze key issues pertinent to victims of crime.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in correctional facility policies.
Write clearly and concisely about correctional facility policies using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric found here.
Points: 200
Assignment 5: Corrections and Victims’ Rights
Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 60% F
Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Examine the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Provide your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Justify your response.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or incompletely examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Did not submit or incompletely provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Did not submit or incompletely justified your response.
Insufficiently examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Insufficiently provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Insufficiently justified your response.
Partially examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Partially provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Partially justified your response.
Satisfactorily examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Satisfactorily provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Satisfactorily justified your response.
Thoroughly examined the significant manner in which the Crime Victims’ Rights Act protects the rights of crime victims. Thoroughly provided your opinion of the effectiveness of this piece of legislation. Thoroughly justified your response.
2. Determine whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Provide a rationale for your response.

Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.
Insufficiently determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.
Partially determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Partially provided a rationale for your response.
Satisfactorily determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.
Thoroughly determined whether or not victim impact statements add value during sentencing and parole hearings. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
3. Debate which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Provide a rationale for your response.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.
Insufficiently debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.
Partially debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Partially provided a rationale for your response.
Satisfactorily debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.
Thoroughly debated which is more important to a victim: the right to be notified of proceeding or the right to participate in a proceeding. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
4a. Review the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “Our job is not to punish,” and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
4b. Review the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “Legal liability issues,†and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
4c. Review the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and determine the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and did not submit or incompletely determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Insufficiently reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and insufficiently determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Partially reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and partially determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Satisfactorily reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and satisfactorily determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
Thoroughly reviewed the following statement: “The rules don’t apply,†and thoroughly determined the key ethical responsibilities of corrections personnel associated with them.
5. Recommend two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Insufficiently recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Partially recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Satisfactorily recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
Thoroughly recommended two (2) strategies for ensuring that correctional employees (e.g., correctional staff, administrators, parole officers, probation officers, etc.) adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.
6. Debate the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Insufficiently debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
 Partially debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Satisfactorily debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
Thoroughly debated the importance of victims having a voice in the legal process.
7. 3 references
Weight: 5%
No references provided
Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.
Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.
Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.
Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 8 errors present
7-8 errors present
5-6 errors present
3-4 errors present
0-2 errors present

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