Movie Case Study
Students are required to rent the movie American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington, which tells the story of Frank Lucas’ life of drugs, crime, and addiction, to write a reaction paper. Your analysis should discuss the relationships among criminality, drug use, and addiction. Explain why this illegal business model has survived decades of various law enforcement efforts to eradicate.
Students can obtain this resource from Amazon, instant video, Netflix, or VuDu. The paper should be a five to six page reaction paper (excluding title and reference pages) about the movie addressing the key points listed below. It must include at least three scholarly references and/or one or two case law citations that would be applicable in this case study.
Address each of the following key points:
Did Frank Lucas’ childhood in the South and his interactions with the police play a part in his own justification that resulted in his criminal career?
From an organizational, corporate, and business perspective, why did Frank Lucas break away from the teachings of Bumpy Johnson after his death and what factors influenced his decision to cut out middle man and the other Crime Families?
Frank decided to employ his family members and other close relatives. What could be Frank’s rationale for doing this, knowing that his closest relatives’ lives would be put at risk? How would the social network analysis model under the criminological approach be useful in explaining this ideal?
What point or message was Frank attempting to send to his brothers and the community when he left the restaurant and shot the man in the head on the street sidewalk?
Report ethical and professionalism issues that were violated by some parts of the criminal justice system. What would be your recommendations to correct these ethical concerns?
Criminal justice professionals should be informed and up to date on current events that impact criminal justice policies, as well as how policies shape current events. In this discussion, you engage with classmates to review trends and policies within the 3 criminal justice components.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 250 words:
Identify an example of a current event that impacted public policies for one of the 3 criminal justice components (law enforcement, courts, or corrections).
How did the event impact criminal justice policymaking?
What best practices, professional standards, and values changed as a result of the impacted policies?
Do you foresee any issues or have any concerns about the changes made?
Your assignment for this unit is to research and create an essay about sentencing and post-trial motions. The purpose of this essay is to provide more in-depth insight behind defense motions. It will also help you to see the role they play within court proceedings.
Though you are not limited to the topics below, you must address the information below in your essay.
Discuss the significance of five post-trial motions in criminal court proceedings.
Identify and provide a relevant example for each of the five motions. The examples can be actual or fictitious cases.
Include an introduction where you discuss any historical changes of sentencing or post-trial motions within the last 100 years.
Your essay must be at least two pages in length. You must use at least two outside sources, one being your textbook. One source must come from the CSU Online Library.
Identify an example of
a current event that impacted public policies for one of the 3 criminal justice
components (law enforcement, courts, or corrections).
How did the event
impact criminal justice policymaking?
What best practices,
professional standards, and values changed as a result of the impacted
Do you foresee any
issues or have any concerns about the changes made?
Listen to the following audio clip on former DA Mike Nifong as he appeared before the state bar on ethics charges regarding his conduct in the pursuit of several Duke University lacrosse players [what came to be known as the Duke Lacrosse case] accused of attacking a woman hired to dance at a party: Ethics of Prosecutor in Duke Case Questioned
Here is an article on the outcome of the Nifong case: https://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3285862&page=1
Here is an article on the State of New York’s attempt to curb prosecutorial misconduct:New York’s Prosecutorial Misconduct Review Panel Could Be Groundbreaking:https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/new-yorks-prosecutorial-misconduct-review-panel-could-be-groundbreaking.html
What do you think of Nifong’s behavior? Do you believe the three lacrosse players should receive financial compensation from Duke and the State of North Carolina? Do you believe that the proposed Committee on Prosecutorial Misconduct will be effective in decreasing or eliminating misconduct? Do you believe that citizens not connected to the government or the Criminal Justice System should serve on this committee? If prosecutorial misconduct were to be found in a case, what would be an appropriate sanction for the prosecutor? What should happen to the case, to the defendant, and how would justice be served for the victim? Should the victim(s) of the prosecutorial misconduct be able to civilly sue the DA’s office, the state and any other government official/entity for the misconduct? Articulate your reasonings.
Just Answer Questions Regularly. No Paper Or Format Needed.
Of all the Constitutional rights of the incarcerated that is displayed in this chapter, which do you believe presents the most issues for correctional administrators? Why?
Do you believe that incarcerated individuals have adequate constitutional protection? Why or why not?
Of the types of clients that are covered in this chapter, which group do you believe correctional administrators should address the needs of first? Why?
•What potential issues do unique needs of correctional clients pose to correctional administrators as a whole?
Do you think bail is an effective method of ensuring the appearance of accused individuals in court? Why or why not?
•Where do you see the future of jails going? Can we continue going down the path that we have been as a nation in regard to the operation of jails? Why or why not?
Which issue do you believe is the most important to be addressed in the presentence investigation?
•Do you believe that probation is effective in its current form? What suggestions would you make to perhaps make probation more effective?
1.If you were to apply closed-system models to criminal justice agencies, which areas of criminal justice would they best fit?
2. if you were to apply open-system models to criminal justice agencies, which areas of criminal justice would they best fit? Give your reasons for each of the models.
3. Discuss the four need theories of motivation. 4. Discuss the four process theories of motivation.
5. Discuss the relationship between motivation and performance.
6. Discuss how individual abilities can be enhanced through motivation.
Ethics, Integrity and Accountability. Write a research paper on “Ethics, Integrity and Accountability” related to the Criminal Justice system in Canada.You must focus on specific current examples of issues of concern. Using references from class materials, readings, lectures, including guest speakers, is required.
To assist you, I consider the CJS to be comprised of 5 foundational components: Police Crown/Defense Judiciary Corrections Parole
You may choose to write about any, several, or each of these 5 components. A minimum of 3 primary source references and 4 secondary references is required. Estimate 8-10 pages including reference page. Well written, third person, formal academic style paper.
Select two discussion points from each of the questions below and provide a response based on your reading assignment.
What is the nature of sociological theorizing? What are the assumptions on which sociological perspectives on crime causation rest?
What are the three types of social structure theories that this chapter describes? What are the major differences among them? What are the shortcomings of the social structure approach to understanding and preventing crime? Can these shortcomings be overcome?
This text emphasizes a social problems versus individual responsibility theme. Which of the theoretical perspectives discussed in this chapter best support the social problems approach? Which support the individual responsibility approach? Why?
Organization Type: Corrections facility
Role Within Organization: Warden
Organizational Scenario: The mission of the Castle Rock Detention Center is to “provide the highest
level of public safety through the secured incarceration of criminals and effective strategies that will
foster the rehabilitation of prisoner behavior.”
Unfortunately, Castle Rock has had trouble living up to that statement as of late. The Castle Rock
Detention Center holds an average of 2,000 prisoners spanned across several different facilities,
operated by approximately 250 employees, within the county. There are two main dormitory-style
prison facilities, housing both male and female inmates, with one primary booking facility adjacent to
the courthouse that houses temporary holding for male, female, and juvenile prisoners.
Over the past four years, eight inmates at Castle Rock have committed suicide, and many other inmates
have filed civil lawsuits claiming abuse, lack of access to proper medical care, and failure of the facility’s
staff to protect them against sexual and physical abuse from other prisoners. The Department of Justice
(DOJ), Civil Rights Division, has begun an investigation and has already found a pattern and practice of
constitutional violations in the correctional facilities operated by Castle Rock. As a result of these
constitutional violations within the operation, inmates may have suffered harm and even death.
Preliminary findings of the DOJ investigations showed four violations. The immediate goal for you, as the
warden, is to address the following issues as part of a long-term turnaround strategy for the prison:
Conditions at the facilities were found to be inadequate. Sanitation, poor laundering,
housekeeping, and pest control were found to be contributing factors to poor and ongoing
health problems for inmates.
Overcrowding was also a major contributing factor to increased risk of health and safety of
prisoners. This issue is exacerbated by the highly unbalanced ratio between staff and inmates.
The facilities do not have adequate training programs for staff, both for day-to-day operations
and ethical development.
The perception of the facilities from inmates, staff, and the community is quite poor. The
facilities must work to restore faith both from within the community and with Castle Rock itself.
Crisis Situation: The DOJ has completed its investigation and has recommended a court-enforced
agreement to resolve the issues it has identified at Castle Rock. Not only has it determined there to be
more violations that before, but most of the deficiencies showed that the problems were systematic.
Because of the pressure to agree to the court-enforced sanction with the DOJ, you, as the warden, must
look to directly address the critical issues highlighted in the DOJ’s investigation of the prison. Funding is
limited, so you, as the warden, will need to consider your options and plans carefully when you are
developing a tactical plan. The following are the new violations as determined by the DOJ:
The facilities and the county-run healthcare system have not addressed serious medical and
mental health needs of inmates during the intake process or during their stay. The treatment
was often inconsistent and inadequate and led to many of the suicides over the past several
Correctional officers engaged in a practice of using excessive force against inmates, causing
serious injuries. Additionally, correctional officers have been accused of not addressing
complaints of sexual and physical abuse between inmates. Many inmates indicated that the
officers “look the other way.”
These issues need to be addressed in conjunction with the long-term turnaround of the prison.