Final Essay Instructions and Essay Question
The Final Essay
will require you to respond to one broad based question about criminal justice
administration. In essence, you will be asked to demonstrate critical thinking
about controversial issues in criminal justice administration and take a
position on which course of action would be the best approach for criminal
justice administrators. You must format your essays as you would a formal
paper, following the guidelines set forth for papers in this course. To
adequately respond to the question, you will need to write at least 5 pages
(not including the title, abstract, and resource pages.) The essays are open
Truth is the key
to making good and well-informed decisions in management. However, criminal
justice organizations in some jurisdictions do not practice the ethics of truth.
They do not create trust in their ability to deal with their citizens and
fellow criminal justice organizations with truthfulness in a court of law. Many
years ago some folks said, “if we don’t clean this mess up, someone else is
going to clean it up for us.” The article you are reading for this essay was
written in 2007, about three years after this old issue came back with a
vengeance. It, too, will cost money, if you do not have a decisional policy
point and procedure in place before that court date arrives. Do not ever think
that cannot happen here, because it always does. Two very key cases here: Brady v. Maryland and Giglio v. United States.
The writer poses
the question, “Should Police Officers Who Lie Be Terminated as a Matter of
As you strive to
answer the question, keep the following in mind:
is simple, but is it fair?
it possible that you could lose some really good personnel who only messed up
once in their whole career?
effect will such a drastic measure have on the personnel’s families?
you keep them, will it affect the overall credibility of your agency?
conclusion does the writer reach? Why or why not?
policy would you recommend for your chief, sheriff, warden, state police
commissioner, and/or any other affiliated executive with whom you may work?
The Final Essay is
due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 6