Interview a Criminal Justice Professional (Police officer, lawyer, judge, court reporter, court administrator, probation/parole officers, special agent, etc…) Interview and talk with the person about their job. Do some background reading in order to prepare and plan some questions in advance. You should integrate information from the textbook and lectures. While not limited to, you MUST include the following information: • A description of the typical duties of someone in that job · The training and experience necessary to obtain that position · The areas where persons in that position typically exercise discretion, examples of how they exercise that discretion, and why · The main legislation or statute(s) that created or currently regulates that position · Ways in which the constitution affects that position, with examples · Any other information that interests you or arises from the interview. Other questions may include general questions: (e.g., what do you do during a typical day?, what impact do you think you have on the juvenile offenders you work with?, how has your job changed over the past 10 or 20 years?, how would you change your job?, what do you think are the causes of delinquency?, what do you think we should do to control delinquency?, etc.?). You are required to present a business card with a signature or letterhead with a signature from the organization with your paper. Write 2-3 page report summarizing the interview and your reactions to what was said. Information such as the textbook, pamphlets or other sources of information must be referenced.
Police/Sheriff Agency Ride-A-long, Courtroom Visit, Attend Citizens’ Police Academy, CASA volunteer time, probation/parole office visit, juvenile justice office visit, a tour of the Georgia Bar Association, etc… Volunteer to ride along with a local police agency. These ride-a-longs are free and most local agencies will permit you a one-time ride along. Contact your local police/sheriff agency for details. Most courts will permit criminal justice students to sit and observe many courtroom proceedings. I prefer criminal court proceedings, not civil. You can also attend a Citizens’ Police Academy. These are usually one night per week and last for about 5-6 weeks. Do some background reading in order to prepare and plan some questions in advance. You should integrate information from the textbook and lectures. CASA (court-appointed special assistant) is an all-volunteer organization that helps children who are victimized by crime. Most criminal justice agencies, such as: probation/parole and juvenile justice will allow you to visit their agencies as a CRJU student and shadow them for a day. The Georgia Bar Association conducts free tours of their facility in downtown Atlanta. Contact them for more details. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!!! There are countless non-profit groups in the Atlanta area like Street Grace, Out of Darkness, the Salvation Army, etc… hands in the criminal justice system
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