The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned.

To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.

Policy Position on Alternative Punishments

You are in charge of programming for your state's Department of Corrections. With the prison population continuing to rise and consistently high recidivism rates, the governor has instructed you to look outside the United States for alternatives. You and your team will look at several countries and compare their incarceration and recidivism data with those of the United States. The goal is to determine whether there are punishment alternatives or in-prison programs that could help reduce recidivism.

Choose one of the following countries and report on its data: Brazil, Japan, Norway, Egypt, or South Africa.

  • How does the country you chose compare to the United States in terms of incarceration rate? Explain.
  • How does the country you chose compare to the United States in terms of recidivism? Explain.
  • What punishment alternatives exist in the country you chose? Does that country engage in corporal punishment?
  • Does the other country offer any type of restorative justice or other innovation that could be beneficial if adopted in the United States?
  • Describe the role of the "classification officer" in a US prison. Also explain how this officer can influence recidivism.
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