This paper draws upon your readings and requires research beyond the classroom.
Sexual offenses are a serious offense. Of that, I am sure no one would argue to the contrary. However, when does the judicial system exceed its authority? Consider for a moment that the Bill of Rights, specifically the 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments, exercise the burden of the state to show probable cause and due process before taking away freedoms. Traditionally, when a person is sentence to prison for a crime, once the sentence is fulfilled, the person is transitioned to unconfined life. It exists, though, that for certain crimes, a person can be civilly committed to an indefinite sentence extending beyond the punitive time of the original sentence. We call this act a civil commitment.
Your paper has three parts to it. The first part explores the challenges to rehabilitating sexual offenders and predators. Within this section, you are expected to differentiate between an offender and a predator. It is expected that you would discuss criminal sentencing protocol in this section as well as the importance of incapacitation. The second part of the paper focuses on the state’s role in providing services to civilly committed sexual offenders that currently aims to reform offender’s behavior and lifestyle. It would be appropriate to discuss treatment successes, failures, and the role of psychology (paraphelias) in behavioral reprogramming. Third, based on your research, identify those policies of confinement that are ineffective in reforming sexual offenders and make a policy recommendation that you believe will benefit society as a whole.
This paper is to be at least 8 pages in length, but no more than 12 pages. The length does not include the cover page, abstract, or reference pages. You must have a minimum of 10 scholarly sources that are five years old or less (2015-2020). Remember, these are peer-reviewed journal articles within the last five years. Properly use level headers and a table of contents.
Late assignments will not be graded. Further, when I get to the third misspell, I stop grading and you get a zero.
A note on plagiarism: Read the comments in the syllabus about plagiarism. Read the APA guidelines on it, too. To sum my position, if you copy information from the web or if you use another person’s paper (including your own) or any portion of it, you will receive a zero. Your work must be original. If you include information that you take from somewhere and do not cite it properly (i.e., direct quote or block quote) or forget to cite it, you committed plagiarism. Invariably, there always seems to be someone who does not heed this warning. If you plagiarize, you will get caught and when I find it, I report the offense to the for adjudication, at which point you cannot drop the class.
Your paper must be a minimum of 8 pages of content, conforming to APA standards (7th Ed). This does NOT count the title or reference page. You must have a minimum of 10 scholarly sources to support your paper. Refer to your syllabus and rubric for guidance.
Please be advised that I grade strongly on thought organization, content and APA. Here is a thought for writing:
Open with an introductory paragraph that briefly explains the problem. In this opening paragraph, tell the reader where you are going with this paper, provide the paper’s direction and list 3 key elements that you will discuss.
Transition into the main body of the paper. For each of the three key elements you identified in the opening paragraph, offer the main idea, provide evidence (scholarly sources), analyze the evidence in support of the main idea (discussion) and transition to the next key element. Do this for each element.
Conclude by succinctly revisiting each of the elements to the opening paragraph.