CJ 230 Module Three Practice Activity Template (1)

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CJ 230 Module Three Practice Activity Template Analyzing Discretionary Decisions Complete the table below by replacing the bracketed text with the relevant information. Scenario Identification of Discretionary Decision and Choices Description of Influencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions Scenario 1: Police officers approach a group of minors, ages 14-15, skateboarding in the parking lot of a shopping center. When approached by the police officers and questioned about their identities, several of the minors give a lewd hand gesture to the officers. The police officers have a range of responses to employ, including giving the minors a warning or detainment, or arresting them for trespassing and obstruction of traffic. The law enforcement officials possess the discretion to issue a verbal caution to the underage individuals and release them, retain them temporarily while making efforts to establish communication with the minors' parents or legal guardians, or proceed with the act of apprehending them. The influencing factors encompass the level of cooperation exhibited by the juveniles, the accuracy of their self- identification, any prior delinquent history they may possess, and their level of respectfulness. 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
Scenario Identification of Discretionary Decision and Choices Description of Influencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions elicit strong disapproval or indignation from the community. Scenario 2: At a bail hearing, the judge considers the release conditions of an adult defendant charged with assault and battery at a professional hockey game. The defendant has no prior criminal history, but was combative during the altercation and caused some damage to the arena and injury to the complaining witness. The defendant appears remorseful and embarrassed to be before the judge. The judge has the authority and discretion either to set bail, to release the defendant without bail on his promise to return, or to require the defendant to wear a GPS leg monitor. The judge possesses the discretionary authority to establish a bail amount or opt for the release of the individual with the expectation that they will subsequently appear in court. Additionally, he has the option to mandate the individual to utilize a GPS monitoring device in order to monitor and record his precise location. The primary determinants would include the degree of harm inflicted, the demeanor of the defendant, and their prior criminal record. 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 possesses Several factors In the event that the parole officer were to
Scenario Identification of Discretionary Decision and Choices Description of Influencing Factors Explanation of Possible Repercussions A parolee who was previously convicted of a violent crime broke curfew by 30 minutes, which is considered a parole violation. This parole violation could cause the parolee to return to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. When the parole agent inquired about the violation, the parolee stated that he had received an opportunity for overtime at his job, which caused him to break his curfew. The parole agent has tremendous discretion over the liberty of this parolee. However, the agent must also take public safety into consideration. The parole agent has the authority and discretion to report or ignore the violation. discretionary authority in determining the appropriate course of action when a parolee violates curfew by a duration of -0 minutes. The agent may choose to report the violation or opt to revoke the parolee's liberty. The parole agent may choose to disregard the violation. that contribute to the assessment of a parolee's suitability for overtime privileges include the individual's criminal record and parole history, the ability to verify 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.
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