Prompt: Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: 1. Issue Presented: Summarize the issue in the form of a brief one-sentence question. 2. Short Answer: Provide a short answer which summarizes the conclusion of your paper. 3. Statement of Facts: Describe how the issue may negatively affect public perception of the criminal justice system. 4. Discussion: Provide a brief discussion of the issue, including the recent history of the issue and any legal precedents related to it. 5. Conclusion: Provide a conclusion based on the details of the issue outlined in the Discussion section. 6. Recommendations: a. Based on your reading, propose at least one evidence-based practice to minimize the negative impact this issue may have on public perception of the criminal justice field. b. Describe what possible successful outcomes might result from addressing this issue by analyzing it with evidence-based practices. Reference course readings to support your submission. Guidelines for Submission: Your submission should be at least 2 to 3 pages in length (in addition to title and reference pages) and should use double spacing, 12- point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Use APA style to cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.
TOPIC: JAILHOUSE INFORMANTS
The use of jailhouse informants is a controversial issue and topic. In this module, you will identify a controversial issue that creates a negative public perception of the criminal justice field. The use of these informants is one such issue, and there are many arguments to be made for and against their use. This is a great area for you to sharpen your analysis of subsequent issues. Jailhouse informants have existed since plea bargains have been accepted. Jailhouse informants provide information to the government in criminal proceedings in exchange for reduced sentences or release from jail. This is powerful motivation for individuals in jail to testify at criminal proceeding in exchange for a reduced sentence or release. This powerful motivation can lead an individuals to testify against someone when they normally would not, or even influence an informant to concoct information to receive a reduced sentence. Jailhouse informants are unlike street informants in that jailhouse informants testify to information that they have heard while both the declarant and the informant are in custody. There are many controversial issues associated with this, especially the issue dealing with or relating to the motivation of the informant, and whether the informant may be prone to lie to gain release or favors from the government in his or her prosecution.
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