Assignment 2: Alternatives to Incarceration

Recent study illustrates that nearly two (2) million juveniles are processed through juvenile courts across the United States each year. Depending on the nature of the crime, juveniles may face detention or incarceration if they are convicted. Given the fact that many courts are reluctant to incarcerate criminal offenders, judges often consider alternatives to incarceration. The driving force behind these alternatives is to save taxpayer money yet still demand offender accountability and impose sanctions for criminal behavior. 

Use the Internet or Strayer databases to research the use of sanctions other than incarceration or detention for juvenile offenders. 

 

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.
  2. Describe three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Provide examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.
  3. Discuss the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality references.

Assignment 2: Alternatives to Incarceration

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 underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely examined the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

Insufficiently examined the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

Partially examined the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

Satisfactorily examined the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

Thoroughlyexamined the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.

2. Describe three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Provide examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.
Weight: 30%

Did not submit or incompletely described three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Did not submit or incompletely provided examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.

Insufficiently described three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Insufficiently provided examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.

Partiallydescribed three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Partiallyprovided examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.

Satisfactorilydescribed three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Satisfactorily provided examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.

Thoroughly described three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently use. Thoroughly provided examples of such alternatives in practice to support the response.

3. Discuss the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

Weight: 30%

Did not submit or incompletelydiscussed the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

Insufficientlydiscussed the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

Partially discussed the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

Satisfactorilydiscussed the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

Thoroughlydiscussed the significant societal and individual benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing an offender from his / her family or community.

4. 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.

5. 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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