1. Do you think that issues related to multiculturalism and social diversity will influence the criminal justice system in the future? Why or why not? What changes do you see taking place, if any?
2. A relatively small number of police officers engage in questionable police practices, such as corruption, racial profiling, and excessive force. However, the small number deeply impact community-police relations. What impact do you think inappropriate police behavior has on the community? How can the police as an agency better monitor behavior to keep the few from spoiling the reputation of all? Do you think civil litigation is a useful tool in keeping officers in check? Why or why not? What do you think can be done to help a community overcome large scandals?
3 .Discuss and evaluate the philosophy and goals of criminal justice sentencing. What are the approaches? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
4. What do you see as effective solutions to problems of overcrowding in correctional institutions? Is building more prisons the answer? What about privatization?
5. The fundamental principle of the juvenile justice system is parens patriae, which allows the state to assume the parent role for a child who is in need of assistance or correction. Given this principle of responsibility, do you think the system does a good job as a parent? Why or why not?