The presentation must be based upon a controversial issue in corrections.
I have listed sample topics for you below. Your classmates will be commenting on your power point in week 15’s discussion board.
Please chose a topic and pick a position, either pro or con. If there is another topic you would like to explore, please e-mail me with your topic for approval.
If you are choosing one of the topics below, you do not need to e-mail me for approval.
Choose a topic from the list below and begin your research.
Pick one side of the issue – this will be the focus of your presentation.
Fully research your topic. This is not based on opinion. Although you may have an opinion on the issue, you need research/empirical data to support your position. This is an academic assignment.
Make sure you have a minimum of 10 to 15 slides – this does not
include your cover slide or your reference slide.
Provide a cover slide with the name of your presentation, your name, our course name, my name and the date.
All slides must have intext citations according to APA format. Reference your work.
You must utilize at least 4 sources for this assignment. Make sure you utilize the Berkeley library. Do not “google” me an assignment and DO NOT USE WIKI!!! One of your sources can be your OCR. One of your sources must be a journal article. The other two sources can be a combination of journal articles, government reports, books, etc. Any source you use must be a reputable source.
You must have a reference slide which lists all of your sources in APA format.
Your slides should be informative, descriptive and creative.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Power PointPerformance Categories Below
Expectation(10 below points)Basic/Needs Improvement(15 points) Proficient (20 points)Outstanding (25points)PointsComprehension/demonstratedknowledge of subject area Total Points =10Student’s slides lack all detail. Student has less than the required ten slides. Slides display almost no information regarding the topic and lack all insight. No new ideas or applications presented. Cover slide may be missing. Slides are not informative, descriptive or creative. Student bases his/her response entirely on opinion. Limited to no connections are made to current content or real life situations. Student’s slides lack significant detail. Slides display moderate information regarding the topic and no insight/analysis. Few ideas or applications presented. Slides are slightly informative, descriptive or creative. Student bases his/her response on opinion. Student makes limited connections to current content or real life
situationsStudent’s slides lack some detail . Slides display information regarding the topic but very little insight/analysis. Ideas and applications lack detail. Slides are moderately informative, descriptive or creative. Student has some empirical support and makes a connection to current content or real life situations. Student’s slides are detailed and display significant information regarding the topic. Slides display insight/analysis into the discussion and fully explain the topic. The presentation contains fully developed ideas and applications. Slides are highly informative, descriptive and creative. Student’s response is grounded in empirical data and makes connections to current content or real life situations. Points Comprehension=Quality of Research and Sources Total Points =10 Student has 1 or no sources and no journal article. Student does not have a journal article and/or less 2 or less
sources.Presentation has 3 reputable sources, which include at least one journal article.Presentation has 4 reputable sources, which include at least one journal article.Points Research=Organization & Mechanics Grammar and Spelling Total Points = 2.5 Presentation has no introduction, body and/or conclusion. It is not focused on the topic. There are a substantial number of spelling and grammatical errors. It is not very coherent.Presentation lacks an introduction, body and/or conclusion. It is not focused on the topic. There are many spelling and grammatical errors. It lacks clarity.Presentation has an introduction, body and conclusion. It strays slightly from the topic. Presentation has some spelling and grammatical errors.Presentation has an introduction, body and conclusion. It remains focused on the Topic. Presentation has very few spelling and grammatical errors. Points Organization &
Mechanics=Tools/References and citations in APA format & Research Quality Total Points = 2.5Student provides no intext citations and/or full references that adhere to APA guidelines. Student does not provides intext citations and and/or references that adhere to APA guidelines. Student provides a full reference that adheres to APA guidelines but is missing intext citations. Student provides intext citations and full references that adhere to APA guidelines. Points Tools = TOTAL POINTS :25
1. DEATH PENALTY
PRO: The death penalty provides an effective method to obtain justice.
CON: The death penalty does not serve as an effective method for obtaining justice.
2. SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
PRO: Solitary confinement is an effective method of correctional
CON: Solitary confinement is an ineffective method of correctional punishment and is equivalent to cruel and unusual punishment.
3. MANDATORY HEALTH CARE
PRO: Inmates should have a constitutional right to healthcare.
CON: Inmates should not have a constitutional right to healthcare.
COLLEGE PROGRAMMING FOR INMATES
PRO: Inmates should be allowed access to college programming while incarcerated
CON: Inmates should not be allowed access to college programming while incarcerated
COLLEGE DEGREES FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
PRO: All correctional officers should be required to possess a college degree to perform their job well.
CON: It is unnecessary for correctional officers to possess a college degree to perform their job well.
PRO: Nursery programs in prison are essential to
preserve the mother-child bond.
CON: Nursery programs are inappropriate for the prison environment.
PRISON FACILITIES SHOULD BE GENDER-SPECIFIC TO CORRECTIONAL STAFF
PRO: Only male officers should be allowed to work in male facilities and only female officers should be allowed to work in female facilities.
CON: It is beneficial for male officers to work with female inmates and for female officers to work with male inmates.
8. CONJUGAL VISITS/FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAMS
PRO: Conjugal visitation should be allowed for prisoners.
CON: Conjugal visitation should not be allowed for prisoners.
COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMING
PRO: Community-based correctional programs are an effective method of punishment and have a significant effect on recidivism and reintegration.
correctional programs are an ineffective method of punishment and have no effect on recidivism and reintegration.
HIRING THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED
PRO: Agencies and organizations should be encouraged to hire ex-offenders.
CON: Ex-offenders are a detriment to the work environment and a liability to employers.
11. MANDATORY HIV TESTING
PRO: All inmates should be tested for HIV.
CON: Inmates should only be tested for HIV on a voluntary basis.
PRIVATIZED CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
PRO: Privatized correctional facilities are managed as effective as state or federally managed facilities and save money.
CON: Privatized facilities have proven ineffective; all correctional facilities should be state or federally managed.
PRO: A person’s felony record should be retained for their entire
CON: After a period of time, an individual’s felony record should be expunged.
CIVIL COMMITMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS
PRO: All sex offenders should be subject to civil commitment following incarceration.
CON: Civil commitment violates double jeopardy and civil rights standards.
CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF SEX OFFENDERS
PRO: Sex offenders should be subjected to chemical castration to reduce the incidence of future sex crimes.
CON: Chemical castration constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and violates civil rights standards.