Capstone Component 1: Problem Analysis The first of three capstone components is the comprehensive problem analysis, which should have four primary sections and demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have honed throughout the MS in criminal justice program:
I. Statement of the Problem: Referring to your research, provide an overview of a criminal justice issue and explain how it is affecting the community in your selected city. Be sure to include the relevant criminological theories that apply.
II. Analysis of the Problem: Outline the scope of the criminal justice issue as it applies to your selected city and criminal justice organization, using actual data from your selected city and information about the organization in your selected scenario to support your response. The analysis should include (but is not limited to) the following: A. Recurring trends or patterns that city data reveals about the issue B. External contributing factors supported by research C. Internal contributing factors supported by details provided in the scenario D. The root cause of the issue
III. Literature Review: Use relevant scholarly bodies of work to perform a brief and systematic literature review. You will research how the criminal justice issue that you identified has been addressed historically, and what is currently being done to address it in other communities. You should refer to criminological theories as well as the best practices used by other agencies. The outline of your literature review will should include the following: A. Identify two or three possible solutions to the issue that you are researching, along with your reasoning for focusing on those approaches. B. Methodology: Explain your search strategy and the selection criteria adopted for this review, and provide descriptions of the types of research reviewed. C. Summarize the main findings of your research. D. Draw conclusions about which approach is the most appropriate for solving the issue in your selected city.
IV. Proposal: Propose a detailed solution to the criminal justice issue in your selected city, explaining how this solution meets the needs of the community and how it will impact your organization, including the following: A. An explanation of each step of your plan and how you came to your decision B. The overall goals of the proposal, including short term objectives and desired long term outcomes
C. The resources required for implementation, including staffing D. The potential challenges for implementation E. The expected effects on the culture of the organization
Chicago, IL is the city that have chosen for this.
Scenario B: Corrections
You are in a leadership position in a fictitious organization located in the city you selected. The Wokefield County Jail is the fictitious corrections department in your selected city. This organization has experienced some shortcomings as a result of the stateâ€™s budget restraints in the previous year. The Wokefield County Jail currently has over 30 full-time vacancies due to insufficient funding for those positions. The Wokefield County Jail is struggling to maintain the national average (and desired) officer-to-inmate ratio of five correctional officers for every inmate. As a result, the inherent danger to the existing employees has risen dramatically. Some correctional officers are contemplating leaving the organization due to the perceived unnecessary risk to their safety. The Wokefield Department of Corrections currently has 120 correctional officers. The annual budget for the Wokefield County Jail is $28 million. Most of the budget (71%) is spent on two things: inmate services (such as rehabilitation programs) and the annual salaries of employees. In addition to problem of employee vacancies, the state wants to cut an additional $1 million from the budget in the upcoming fiscal year.
Due to recent policy changes at the Wokefield Police Department, there has been an increase in the number of arrests made per month. The number of arrests nearly doubled from the 203 arrests in the previous month. You are a recently promoted regional director within the Wokefield County Jail. It is your job is to supervise, plan, and coordinate the operations and planning of both inmate and correctional officer activities. You will provide a strategic planning proposal to the county sheriff to solve an external issue while also considering the internal issues occurring within the organization.
The Wokefield County Jailâ€™s mission statement is the following:
To create and maintain a county jail that is secure and safe for both inmates and staff, and that meets or surpasses all governmental requirements and standard operating procedures, the Wokefield County Jail will also provide opportunities for inmates to improve their lives and deal with personal issues.
Your problem analysis should be 15â€“20 pages and follow APA formatting, including a title page, table of contents, and reference page.