7.07 Critical Questions Criminal Justice

Review Questions

  1. Why is the notion of ethics particularly important in the criminal justice system?
  2. Why did state and federal governments begin contracting private corporations to build and run prisons?
  3. Describe the difference between reasonable suspicion and probable cause.
  4. What are the arguments against mandatory minimum sentencing laws? Name two.
  5. Explain the low standard of proof required for a stop and frisk procedure. 

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. Do you think solitary confinement is ethical? If not, explain what makes the practice unethical. If so, explain the circumstances in which you believe solitary confinement should be used.
  2. Do you think it is possible to run a private prison ethically? Why or why not?
  3. Is it ethical for law enforcement officers to lie to suspects during a confession?
  4. Is the death penalty ever an ethical form of punishment?
  5. Do you think it’s reasonable to hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard of behavior?

Just answer questions 2-3 sentences.

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