Discussion Questions

  1. This chapter discusses two models of criminal justice: due process versus crime control. Which model are you more closely aligned to? Which do you see our society is currently favoring? Be certain to cite examples.
  2. Regarding police discretion, identify the factors that may influence the decision-making of police officers.
  3. Discuss the wedding cake model and provide an example of a celebrated case. How does media attention differ between a celebrated and a lower offense case, such as a misdemeanor?
  4. Explain why and how discretion is exercised throughout the criminal justice. How does discretion differ among criminal justice actors, such as judges, police officers, prosecuting attorneys, court officials, and so on?
  5. Why is it important that students studying and understand the criminal justice system in the United States?