CJ 4310 Final

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“Rogue” prosecutors have the right to refuse to prosecute crimes of their choosing

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“Rogue” prosecutors have the right to refuse to prosecute crimes of their choosing

PRO

-People may plead guilty to avoid risk leading to fear of trial and longer sentences

-Prosecutors punish poor people unable to pay

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“Rogue” prosecutors have the right to refuse to prosecute crimes of their choosing

CON

-Disrupts the separation of powers, making the branches unequal

-Supports releasing defendants with minimal/no bail

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3

Game wardens should have to follow the same trespassing restrictions that other law enforcement officers must follow

PRO

-Game wardens can invade your privacy

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4

Game wardens should have to follow the same trespassing restrictions that other law enforcement officers must follow.

CON

-Game wardens must protect animals and natural resources, even if they trespass, so they must go wherever they may stray

-Open field doctrine permits game wardens to access open fields not attached to personal dwellings

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5

The state of Texas should ban discrimination by police agencies against employing persons with visible tattoos or body piercings

PRO

-Tattoos are no longer seen as unprofessional

-Few want policing, so don't limit the hiring pool

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The state of Texas should ban discrimination by police agencies against employing persons with visible tattoos or body piercings

CON

-Tattoo confusion can create problems on the street with citizens

-Still seen as unprofessional

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7

All cities with a population of more than 25,000 in Texas should be required to use two-person patrol cars instead of one-person cars

PRO

-Safer for police

-Provide better quality service

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8

All cities with a population of more than 25,000 in Texas should be required to use two-person patrol cars instead of one-person cars

CON

-Double officer for the same coverage

-Higher concentration of officers in poor neighborhoods

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9

Texas should discontinue all its private prison contracts and use only facilities staffed by state employees

PRO

-Does not control overcrowding

-Unnecessary and wasteful, all the functions that are offered by private prisons are already being provided by local state prisons.

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10

Texas should discontinue all its private prison contracts and use only facilities staffed by state employees

CON

-Help control overpopulation in public prisons

-Level of violence is low compared to state prisons

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11

Federal judges should have to be reappointed every 5 years

PRO

-Regularizing appointments would better represent the public

-Eliminate strategic retirement for political reasons

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12

Federal judges should have to be reappointed every 5 years

CON

-Judges wouldn't need political schedules, no worrying about re-election

-More knowledge of the laws

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13

Texas should permit chemical castration as a sentencing option for convicted sex offenders

PRO

-Cost efficient

-Lower testosterone levels = less aggressions and sex drive

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14

Texas should permit chemical castration as a sentencing option for convicted sex offenders

CON

-Not enough research

-Ethical issues

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15

Texas should mandate all Texas cities with a population of more than 25,000 to require sworn officers to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Current officers without degrees will have up to 6 years to complete a degree, or they must resign

PRO

-Law enforcement becomes professionalized

-More opportunities for career advancement

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Texas should mandate all Texas cities with a population of more than 25,000 to require sworn officers to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Current officers without degrees will have up to 6 years to complete a degree, or they must resign

CON

-Shortage of POC in the force due to social economic status

-Not everyone can afford college

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17

The Chicago Police Department should enforce nighttime curfews for juveniles and for adults to reduce the number of shootings in that city

PRO

-More people out = more crime victims

-Chicago's highest shooting rates occur after hours per UCR

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18

The Chicago Police Department should enforce nighttime curfews for juveniles and for adults to reduce the number of shootings in that city

CON

-Unpractical to enforce

-No data to show decrease in crime

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19

Police reports and autopsy reports in all in-custody deaths, such as officer-involved shootings, should be public information

PRO

-Keeps officers accountable

-Brings attention/tips to cases

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Police reports and autopsy reports in all in-custody deaths, such as officer-involved shootings, should be public information

CON

-Risks integrity of investigation

-Puts officer at risk of harassment

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21

Texas should require all peace officers to wear and use body cameras while on duty

PRO

-Captures officer misconduct

-Transparency

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22

Texas should require all peace officers to wear and use body cameras while on duty

CON

-Invasion of officer's privacy

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23

The prison system should be abolished

PRO

-Prison system is expensive

-Public health consequences

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24

The prison system should be abolished

CON

-Dangerous for the public

-No deterrence for future crimes

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25

Marijuana should be legalized in Texas

PRO

-More state revenue

-More jobs

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26

Marijuana should be legalized in Texas

CON

-Increase black market of other drugs

-DUI/DWI cases would increase

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27

All elementary and secondary schools in Texas should be required to conduct yearly active shooter drills

PRO

-Will save lives

-Emergency operation plans must be rehearsed and applied

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28

All elementary and secondary schools in Texas should be required to conduct yearly active shooter drills

CON

-Cause stress and anxiety

-Shootings are too rare to take away time from regular school activities

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29

All drugs should be decriminalized across the country

PRO

-Reduce arrest and incarceration rates

-Improve cost-effectiveness of limited public health resources

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30

All drugs should be decriminalized across the country

CON

-Increase in addiction rates and diseases

-Increase supply of drugs in black market

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Cities in Texas with a population of more than 25,000 should be required to provide emergency mental health care services

PRO

-Law enforcement not trained to properly handle mental health concerns

-Paves the way for better treatment on people with mental health concerns

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Cities in Texas with a population of more than 25,000 should be required to provide emergency mental health care services

CON

-Cost of mental health care services are too expensive to fund

-Most people don't seek mental health care or are unaware of their own mental health problems

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33

Police officers should not be first responders to calls of emotionally or mentally disturbed subjects

PRO

-Unable to deescalate situations

-Officers will only detain the mentally ill rather than help them

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Police officers should not be first responders to calls of emotionally or mentally disturbed subjects

CON

-Law enforcement has quicker response time

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35

Active shooting training should be mandated for all police officers in Texas

PRO

-Construct an academy for intensive training of recruits by senior officers

-Funding VR-training enables officers to react and adapt to active shootings quickly, with the right actions

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Active shooting training should be mandated for all police officers in Texas

CON

-Officers might act aggressive outside of active shooter situations

-Costs too much to fund

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