Senior Capstone Experience
Week 3 Homework
There are two components to this week’s homework.
Prepare a section of your Capstone Portfolio by answering the following question:
What is the nature and purpose of criminal law? In your response, identify commonalities of purpose within law enforcement, corrections, the courts, and social services.
This assignment will make up section 3b of your final Capstone Portfolio. Your paper should be a minimum of 1 to 2 pages.
Assess the impact of incarceration on victims, society, and the criminal justice system. Please include a thorough analysis of both the positive and negative impacts.
Community corrections is an alternative to incarceration. By moving the function of corrections back into the community, how can we, both as members of society and members of the criminal justice system, manage and reduce the risk to the community?
This assignment will make up component 3c of your final Capstone Portfolio. Your paper should be a minimum of 1 to 2 pages.
Principles of Sociology
Week 3 Essay
Urban Gangs Paper
Read “Islands in the Street: Urban Gangs in the United States” (p.172) in Essentials of Sociology to obtain background information. Then, using your textbook and additional resources, write a 2 – 3 page paper addressing the issues of gangs in America, considering the following questions:
What are the functions that gangs fulfill (the needs they meet)?
Suppose you have been hired as an urban planner for the city of Los Angeles. How could you arrange to meet the needs that gangs fulfill in ways that minimize violence and encourage youth to follow mainstream norms?
Be certain to use all three major sociological theories – functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism – in your analysis. Explain deviance such as street gangs from all three of the main sociological perspectives.
Use your textbook and additional resources. You must cite, in APA style citation, any sources used and include a works cited page.
Use double-spacing and one of these fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier, size 12.
Please note that your grade will be based on the content of your work as well as on the spelling, grammar, and presentation.