CJ 230 Module Three Practice Activity Template Analyzing Discretionary Decisions Complete the table below by replacing the bracketed text with the relevant information. ScenarioIdentification ofDiscretionary Decisionand ChoicesDescription ofInfluencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions Scenario 1:Police officers approach a group of minors, ages14-15, skateboarding in the parking lot of ashopping center. When approached by the policeofficers and questioned about their identities,several of the minors give a lewd hand gesture tothe officers. The police officers have a range ofresponses to employ, including giving the minorsa warning or detainment, or arresting them fortrespassing and obstruction of traffic.The law enforcementofficials possess thediscretion to issue a verbalcaution to the underageindividuals and releasethem, retain themtemporarily while makingefforts to establishcommunication with theminors' parents or legalguardians, or proceed withthe act of apprehendingthem.Theinfluencingfactorsencompass thelevel ofcooperationexhibited bythe juveniles,the accuracy oftheir self-identification,any priordelinquenthistory theymay possess,and their levelofrespectfulness.Potential consequences of solely issuing a warning could manifest in two possible outcomes: the minors may comply with the warning and depart. Alternatively, in the event of their departure, individuals may choose to exercise patience and return at a later time when they perceive the situation to be safe, potentially leading to the possibility of causing harm to property or individuals through the utilization of their skateboards. In the event that law enforcement opts to detain minors, they may be required to await the arrival of their parents or release them with the expectation that they have acquired a lesson from the experience.In the event of attempting to apprehend the underage individuals, there is a possibility that they may attempt to flee. Subsequently, upon their arrest, these minors are likely to maintain a negative perception of law enforcement, which can have enduring consequences on their future prospects. This may potentially
ScenarioIdentification ofDiscretionary Decisionand ChoicesDescription ofInfluencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions elicit strong disapproval or indignation from the community. Scenario 2:At a bail hearing, the judge considers the releaseconditions of an adult defendant charged withassault and battery at a professional hockeygame. The defendant has no prior criminalhistory, but was combative during the altercationand caused some damage to the arena and injuryto the complaining witness. The defendantappears remorseful and embarrassed to be beforethe judge. The judge has the authority anddiscretion either to set bail, to release thedefendant without bail on his promise to return,or to require the defendant to wear a GPS legmonitor.The judge possesses thediscretionary authority toestablish a bail amount oropt for the release of theindividual with theexpectation that they willsubsequently appear incourt. Additionally, he hasthe option to mandate theindividual to utilize a GPSmonitoring device in orderto monitor and record hisprecise location.The primarydeterminantswould includethe degree ofharm inflicted,the demeanorof thedefendant, andtheir priorcriminalrecord.In the event that the judge establishes a bail amount for the defendant, it is plausible that the defendant may encounter financial constraints preventing them from fulfilling the payment obligation. Consequently, the defendant would be incarcerated during the pretrial period. In the event that he possesses the financial means to fulfill the payment, it is plausible that he and his family could potentially encounter severe financial difficulties. If the judge chooses to grant the defendant release on their own recognizance. Subsequently, the accused party possesses the option to abstain from attending the scheduled court hearing, either inadvertently or deliberately. The implementation of a GPS monitor has the potential to exert influence on the defendant both in their professional and personal spheres. However, it is probable that this measure represents the most optimal choice in order to guarantee their compliance with attending their scheduled court date. Scenario 3:The parole agent possessesSeveral factorsIn the event that the parole officer were to
ScenarioIdentification ofDiscretionary Decisionand ChoicesDescription ofInfluencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions A parolee who was previously convicted of aviolent crime broke curfew by 30 minutes, whichis considered a parole violation. This paroleviolation could cause the parolee to return toprison to serve the remainder of his sentence.When the parole agent inquired about theviolation, the parolee stated that he had receivedan opportunity for overtime at his job, whichcaused him to break his curfew. The parole agenthas tremendous discretion over the liberty of thisparolee. However, the agent must also takepublic safety into consideration. The parole agenthas the authority and discretion to report orignore the violation.discretionary authority indetermining the appropriatecourse of action when aparolee violates curfew bya duration of -0 minutes.The agent may choose toreport the violation or optto revoke the parolee'sliberty. The parole agentmay choose to disregard theviolation.that contributeto theassessment ofa parolee'ssuitability forovertimeprivilegesinclude theindividual'scriminal recordand parolehistory, theability toverify the availability of overtime hours with their employer, as well as the parolee's attitude and level of trustworthiness .report the violation, it would lead to the parolee's reincarceration for the duration of their sentence, which could vary in duration. Consequently, this outcome would likely engender significant animosity towards the criminal justice system. Alternatively, the parole officer has the option to disregard the parolee's explanation. In the event that the parolee's account is truthful, no complications would arise. However, if the parolee provided false information regarding their overtime, it is plausible that they engaged in illicit activities that resulted in their tardiness.