CRJ 320 Criminal Investigations – Assignment 3: The Big Stage!

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Assignment 3: The Big Stage!

 

In the United States, both the federal government and the states have authority to indict for criminal wrongdoing. The federal government and each state have their own criminal statutes, court system, prosecutors, and police agencies. Use your textbook, the Internet, and / or Strayer Library to research articles on crime trial, prosecutor, and criminal investigator.

 

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Further, analyze the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.
  2. Review Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text and specify the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Provide a rationale to support the response.
  3. Define a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Analyze the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.
  4. Differentiate not guilty and acquitted. Give your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Support the position.
  5. Predict one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Provide a rationale to support the response.

6.     Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar type Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

 

REQUIRED STUDENT BOOK:

Hess, K. M., & Orthmann, C. H.(2013). Criminal investigation(10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing / Cengage Learning.

 

 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

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

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the major components of and responsiblities involved in the investigative process.
  • Recommend improvements to the criminal investigation process in selected areas.
  • Predict changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years.
  • Evaluate the role of the criminal investigator in preparing evidence for presentation and courtroom testimony.
  • Use technology and information resources to conduct research in the criminal investigation process.
  • Write clearly and concisely about the criminal investigation process using proper writing mechanics.

 

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

Points: 200

Assignment 3: The Big Stage!

Criteria

 

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Further, analyze the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

Insufficiently put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Insufficiently analyzed the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

Partially put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Partially analyzed the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

Satisfactorily put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Satisfactorily analyzed the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

Thoroughly put yourself in the role of a prosecutor and explain the importance of the final report to the prosecution of a case. Thoroughly analyzed the possible impact of poorly completed final reports on the prosecution of a case.

2. Review Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text and specify the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Provide a rationale to support the response.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely reviewed Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text; did not submit or incompletely specified the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale to support the response.

Insufficiently reviewed Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text; insufficiently specified the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Insufficiently provided a rationale to support the response.

Partially reviewed Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text; partially specified the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Partially provided a rationale to support the response.

Satisfactorily reviewed Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text; satisfactorily specified the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Satisfactorily provided a rationale to support the response.

Thoroughly reviewed Figure 21.1, The Use of Evidence in the Stages of the Criminal Justice Process, in Chapter 21 of the text; thoroughly specified the manner in which each stage of the criminal justice process helps to build a successfully litigated action. Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the response.

3. Define a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Analyze the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely defined a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.

Insufficiently defined a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Insufficiently analyzed the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.

Partially defined a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Partially analyzed the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.

Satisfactorily defined a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Satisfactorily analyzed the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.

Thoroughly defined a criminal investigator’s role in preparing a case for court. Thoroughly analyzed the manner in which the investigator cooperates with the prosecutor to enhance the courtroom presentation.

4. Differentiate not guilty and acquitted. Give your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Support the position.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely differentiated not guilty and acquitted. Did not submit or incompletely gave your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Did not submit or incompletely supported the position.

Insufficiently differentiated not guilty and acquitted. Insufficiently gave your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Insufficiently supported the position.

Partially differentiated not guilty and acquitted. Partially gave your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Partially supported the position.

Satisfactorily differentiated not guilty and acquitted. Satisfactorily gave your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Satisfactorily supported the position.

Thoroughly differentiated not guilty and acquitted. Thoroughly gave your opinion as to whether or not an acquittal means that the investigator failed. Thoroughly supported the position.

5. Predict one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Provide a rationale to support the response.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely predicted one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale to support the response.

Insufficiently predicted one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Insufficiently provided a rationale to support the response.

Partially predicted one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Partially provided a rationale to support the response.

Satisfactorily predicted one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Satisfactorily provided a rationale to support the response.

Thoroughly predicted one to two (1-2) changes that will take place in criminal investigation in the next twenty (20) years. Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the response.

6. 2 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

7. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present


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