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Improving Corrections Facilities

Go to the Department of Corrections’ Website for your state, and research two(2) of your state’s correctional facilities. Next, use the Internet and StrayerLibrary to research the budgetary constraints that correctional officials mustadhere to in order to operate correctional facilities.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine whether diversion programs are only beneficial to offenderscharged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies or whether they are alsobeneficial to offenders charged with felonies and violent crimes. Recommendwhether or not the two (2) correctional facilities that you researched wouldbenefit from diversion programs. Provide a rationale for your response.
  2. Take a position as to whether or not privatized correctional facilities arebetter alternatives to public correctional facilities. Support your positionwith one (1) successful example what you believe to be the betteralternative.
  3. Examine the budgetary constraints that correctional officials work with asthey operate correctional facilities. Determine the major trade-offs madebetween the policy for proper funding and the practice of proper funding toprevent recidivism. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Use at least four (4) peer-reviewed sources. Note:Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inchmargins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA orschool-specific format. Check with your professor for any additionalinstructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’sname, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page andthe reference page are not included in the required assignment pagelength.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignmentare:

  • Recommend improvements to selected areas of corrections.
  • Analyze various issues in corrections, including effective communitycorrections programs, probation and parole, and reentry strategies.
  • Analyze the operational components of prisons, jails, and alternativecorrectional placements.
  • Propose specific components of an institutional facility model based oneffective management policies and procedures for a specified group ofinmates.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in correctionalfacility policies.
  • Write clearly and concisely about correctional facility policies usingproper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic /organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the followingrubric found here.

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