LGST 314 6380 Workers’ Compensation Law
Discussion Week 2
Discussion: Part 1 due Saturday May 29th, 11:59 pm ET; Part 2 due Tuesday June 1st, 11:59 pm ET
Karver is preparing to meet with a new client regarding workers compensation benefits. She has asked you to confer with other paralegals to discuss and prepare some notes she can use in the meeting with the client.
Under workers compensation laws workers only receive 2/3 of their gross wages during the period of time they are off work due to an accidental injury. Explain why receiving only 2/3 of their average weekly wage is fair for employees as well as for the employer.
CCJS 352 Discussion Questions
Week 2 Discussion: Drug Trafficking – Street Level Dealing
We have previously discussed how drugs are abused, their psychological, physical and sociological impact and society’s efforts at controlling drugs. This discussion question will focus on how the drugs are made available to the user. Most illicit drugs are made available to the user through a complex chain of events that begins with cultivation (organic drugs like cocaine) or manufacturing (synthetic drugs like methamphetamine), importation into the United States (if not domestically produced), wholesale distribution and eventually, retail (street level) sales. The sale of these drugs to the user is the ultimate objective of the entire process because this is where the profits originate. It is important to understand how drug trafficking organizations operate, especially in the critically important point where the drugs leave the trafficking organization and enter the realm of the user.
For this discussion question, please address the following:
1. There are two basic street distribution models: freelance and business. Describe both the freelance model and business model of drug distribution.
2. Consider the typical relationship between street level dealer and drug user. The drug user (consumer) and the drug dealer (retail sales person) engage in a mutually consensual transaction where the user receives a commodity (illicit drug) in exchange for an accepted payment (cash, property, etc.). If we were to disregard the facts that the commodity has been deemed contraband and illegal by the government and consumption of the product has been deemed physically and socially destructive to the buyer, this is simply a business transaction no different than buying a Snow Cone from an ice cream man. If a drug deal occurs between two mutually consenting adults, how does this hurt anyone other than those individuals who want to engage in this activity?
Levinthal, C. F. (2012). Drugs, society and criminal justice (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Week 3 Discussion Question: Policy
This week we have been focusing on drug control policy. We have discussed the ever growing heroin abuse problem and the increase in fatal overdoses that result. Consider the specific case of heroin in Maryland and the policy that has been developed and put into place to address the overdoses. Please take a look at this policy, titled the Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan, which is attached in the week 3 Content area. Read over the key initiatives and then pick one to answer the below questions.
1. Enhanced epidemiology
2. Substance use disorder treatment
3. Public health focus on overdoses
4. Efforts to address overdoses on pharmaceutical opioids
6. Emergency response plan
For this discussion question, choose one of the key initiatives and address the following:
1. What is the benefit of this initiative to achieve a reduction in opioid overdoses (the objective of the policy)?
2. What challenges do you foresee in achieving this initiative?
3. If you were able to amend this initiative, what would you add to increase its effectiveness?
After posting your original post, be sure to engage in discussion with your peers.
Week 4 Discussion
The DOJ has established the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) as shown in your readings. Research and talk about a local law enforcement drug task force in your area. Explain the origin of the task force, its’ mission and what are its benefits and downsides. What impact, if any, has it had on drug use and distribution.
CCJS 360 Discussion Questions
Week 2: Victimization and Crime Stats
Read the following articles–City rape statistics, draws concerns and Half of city rape claims were misclassified:
1. Explain why the Baltimore article regarding sexual assault investigations highlight why crime statistics can be flawed?
2. How/why would crime stats be inflated or lowered in your opinion (back up with resource)?
3. Explain and discuss why crime statistics are important?
Week 3: Gender-based Violence–Sexual Assault
After reading An Unbelievable Story of Rape discuss what rape myths were present in this case, what was the impact of these myths, and what can the criminal justice field do better to ensure professionals are equipped to recognize and respond in cases that don’t fit society’s narrative of what sexual assault victims should look/act like?
Week 4: Gender-Based Violence–Stalking
Stalking: After reading the stalking overview answer 2 or more of the following:
1. What did you learn about stalking that you didn’t know before?
2. What are some of the challenges for the criminal justice system in responding to stalkers?
3. How can victims protect themselves and what is the most significant challenge for victims in your opinion?
Week 5: Vulnerable Populations–Crimes Against Seniors, Victims with Disabilities and Seniors
Students with last names N-Z–Victims with Disabilities:
1. What things can victim service providers and criminal justice agencies do to better serve victims with disabilities.
2. List barriers to services for victims with disabilities.