Discussion 1: Public opinion plays a critical role influencing public officials to formulate criminal justice policy. Consider exploring the sources in the CRJ510 Professional Resources List to assist your research for this activity.

Discussion 1: Public opinion plays a critical role influencing public officials to formulate criminal justice policy. Consider exploring the sources in the CRJ510 Professional Resources List to assist your research for this activity.
Initial Post: Explain how public opinion helps to set the stage in formulating or adjusting criminal justice policy. How does public opinion affect the criminal justice policy process and the relationships between stakeholders? Is the public knowledgeable enough about current issues to help make policy decisions? What are some specific issues about which you believe the public is well informed? Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite your references with both in-text and APA citation at the end of your post. Your initial post is due by Day 3 (Thursday) and should be at least 400 words in length.
Guided Response: Review your peers’ posts, and substantively respond in a meaningful way to at least two of your peers. Respond to your peers on specific issues about which you believe the public is not properly informed and should not have a role in formulating criminal justice policy. Are policy issues driven by the public based on emotion or fact? How does the media influence criminal justice policy issues that affect social justice? Respond to at least one Instructor Response in the discussion. Support your position with scholarly references. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.
Discussion 2: Marion and Oliver define interest groups as “pressure group, special interest, organized interest, of faction, as a group of citizens who are organized and attempt to influence legislation so it reflects their interest or policy goals.” (p.281). Consider exploring the sources in the CRJ510 Professional Resources List to assist your research for this activity.
Initial Post: Read the Lutze and Schaefer article and use it as a springboard for this discussion. Reentry and rehabilitation programs are controversial and have proponents on both sides of the issues. Explain the role special interest groups play in their effort to influence legislation that dictates reentry and rehabilitation policy. Then from a macro perspective, should there be so many access points that allow special interest groups to access legislators? What are the negatives to allowing special interest groups to have an active role in political campaigns? Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite your references with both in-text and APA citations at the end of your post. Your initial post is due by Day 3 (Thursday) and should be at least 400 words in length.
Discussion 3: In Week Three, during Part I, you identified the journal article and prepared a summary of the journal article for presentation to the class in Part II. This week, you are presenting Part II, a presentation of the journal article to the class via this discussion. In Week Five, you will submit your formal journal article review, Homeland Security Influence: Part III, with your summation of the discussion from Week Four. Your initial post is due by Day 3 (Thursday) and should be at least 400 words in length.
Presentation to the Class You must present your Homeland Security Influence: Part II to the class. You may attach a PowerPoint presentation or a summary in the traditional discussion forum format. In addition, you must attach a draft of your submission prepared in Week Three for your peers to review. Your presentation must include:
A title page formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (essentially the title page for your paper). A brief description of your Final Paper and how the journal article will support your research. An explanation of the basic premises of the author. A summary of the journal article you chose in Week Three. An examination of the recommendations of the author. A determination of the effects of the author’s recommendations on the criminal justice system and current policy. Your assessment of the journal article. (This is the main focus of your presentation. Include in-text citations for all of the references used to evaluate and analyze the journal article; include a citation of the article itself.)
The effect the author’s recommendations have on social justice, based on your analysis. A references page formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Include the APA-formatted reference entry for the selected journal article, as well as any additional references you used in your evaluation and analysis. Draft Written Assignment
In addition to your presentation above, you must attach an APA style draft of your Homeland Security Influence: Part II journal article review. The purpose of this activity is to help you identify journal articles for your Final Paper. Collaboration with your fellow students on reviewing journal articles will be mutually beneficial. The first couple of days of the discussion and feedback should be like sitting around a table discussing various journal articles identified in your research. Your initial post is due Day 3.