Decisions From Above: Criminology

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Occasionally, the United States Supreme Court makes decisions that are considered groundbreaking (abortion, gay marriage, death penalty, civil rights). In turn, these court decisions can affect public policies. These changes are often the result of the changes in public opinion. Often, the response of policy actors, such as the media and local governmental agencies, to the court decision plays a role in these policy changes.

Research and locate at least one United States Supreme Court case that you believe influenced state or federal decisions or actions about your selected public policy issue that in turn will influence your departmental policy. The module resource U.S. Case Law Opinions offers a sampling of recent and historic Supreme Court cases to choose from. You may also choose one from your own research.

In a minimum 400-word journal entry, provide the name of the case, the holding of the case, and an explanation of how you believe the decision played a role in policy changes.

 Provide the name of the case and the court’s holding in the case.
 Explain how you believe the court’s decision played a role in policy changes.
 Support your journal entry using specific details regarding the decision of the case.
 Describe how you will apply what you have learned to your final project.

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