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Noah: While these may be appropriate elsewhere in the course, they are worth consideration as DBs prompts or learning activities

Tina: Budgeting has been mentioned several times in our brainstorming sessions. Would it be feasible to have students review a CJ budget or create a CJ budget and explain or justify their allotments as part of the DB?

Tara Jill ===

I am not sure if this should go under "Ideas" or "Discussions" but I thought it could be a DB resource, so I added it here.

I found a website 360 Degrees Perspectives on The Criminal Justice System that includes stories that focus on specific case studies and are told from perspectives of people involved. The website is pretty well put together and the About section credits several Criminal Justice professionals as advisors including Todd Clear of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This is an interactive Flash based website, and if you click on Stories you can choose from several different cases and listen to multiple perspectives from those involved in the case.

A possible Discussion prompt could include one or more than one of the "Stories" (cases) on this website.

For instance, students could go to 360 Degrees and read about John Mills who is serving seven to nine years at Polk Youth Institution in North Carolina. Students can listen to testimonials from John Mills, Warden George Currie, Officer Taz Bakerville, John's mother Brenda Daniels, and Sergeant Furman Camel and write a personal response either as a Project or in the Discussion.

There are written transcripts on the website as well, so students with disabilities will be able to read the testimonials.

There are several stories that all include links to articles about the cases, photographs, and interactive resources.

There is also a Social Action Network link on 360 with the following mission statement: "The Social Action Network brings together college and GED students, community residents, gang members, ex-offenders, corporate volunteers and legislators to discuss and critique the American criminal justice system."

Finally, the Dynamic Data section has surveys/quizzes that students could take or respond to. I have not explored this fully, but there is certainly more rich interactive media involved here.

360 could also be used to facilitate group activities.

~Tara Jill


Tara Jill

The National Institute of Justice has a neat Reading A Crime Map page that relates to Noah's crime maps.

National Institute of Justice (2009, October 9). Reading a crime map. Retrieved from

possible DB topic