In each unit, your are required to respond to discussion question based on the unit topics. You are required to post a minimum of three posts in the Unit Discussion. You must post on at least 2 different days during the unit.
- Initial Post – Post a response to ONE of the posted discussion questions (250-300 words)by Thursday 11:59 pm CT. Your initial posting should incorporate and refer to concepts/ideas found in your unit readings as well as personal examples and illustrations.
- Response Posts – Post TWO responses to peer postings that respond to ideas and submission of your classmates (100 -150 words each) by Sunday 11:59 pm CT. Your peer responses need to go beyond agreement with your classmate. Each peer response should contain personal examples, applications, or additional information that promotes further discussion. Specific examples and applications receive more credit than generalized/vague statements.
- In order to receive full credit and give your classmates the opportunity to respond to your posting must be posted on time. Original postings that are posted after Thursday 11:59 pm CT will incur a 5-point late penalty.
- There is also a 5-point penalty for failure to post responses on at least two different days.
- Please address classmates by their names in your postings to avoid confusion that sometimes happens with replies.
- If you were an employer, would you hire a former felon who has been recently released on parole? What about hiring an offender who has finished parole and has stayed out of trouble for two years? Justify your answer with information from the text and specific examples.
- What is involved in restoration of rights for those convicted of a felony? Are you in favor of restoring some, all, or none of the rights of ex-offenders discussed in this chapter? How does expungement of arrest and conviction records differ from the sealing of records? Visit the following web site:Collateral Consequences Resource Center. (Links to an external site.) Look up the provisions/process for these procedures in your state of residence and explain its version of these procedures. If given a choice between expungement of and sealing of a conviction, which do you feel more appropriate and why?
- Should residents be notified of the presence of a sex offender in a neighborhood? Discuss the issue from the perspective of the residents and then from the perspective of the sex offender. Which, if any, rights would you agree to restore to a sex offender who has stayed out of trouble for five years after completion of sentence. Under what conditions? Are there any rights you would not restore under any circumstances? Support your answer.