Reform The Justice System

This task force gives students the responsibility of designing and brainstorming the implementation of an entirely new and reformed justice system in the United States.

Task Force: Reform The Justice System

Congratulations!

The federal committee of crime has elected you to recreate and reform the justice system in the United States. This means you will be in charge of designing and brainstorming the implementation of an entirely new justice system. 

Why Are We Doing This?:

There are two forms of punishment: restorative and retributive. Restorative focuses on the relationship between the offender and victim. Retributive focuses more on the punishment aspect of obtaining justice. Here we ask you to assume you agree with the claim that the United States justice system needs to be reformed to better fit the needs of its citizens.

Steps:

  1. Try to create a plan to implement a new and reformed justice system in the United States. Consider different kinds of crimes, various punishments for those crimes, how you plan to enforce these rules, and more. The plan should be a well-detailed description of what aspects of the current system are flawed, and how your group plans to tackle those issues. 
    1. How do you feel about solitary confinement? 
    2. How do you feel about the death penalty? 
    3. Do you believe the current justice system disproportionately targets a certain group of people? If yes, how do you plan to address that?
  2. Think through the possible objections about your reformed justice system that someone could have and how you would answer them. 
    1. What aspects of your plan might cause disagreements? 
    2. How do you plan to convince the committee that the controversial components of your plan are necessary?
  3. Share with the group and see if you can convince them that your design of a new and improved justice system best redefines it and adheres to the needs and wants of the public.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You do not have to come up with an exhaustive list of reformed features for your justice system. Focus on a few that you feel most confident defending.
  • Brainstorm ideas that could be realistically implemented by the justice system.
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