Read the article titled “The United States versus the World”, located at http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/pdfs/factsheets/9-Fact%20Sheet%20-%20US%20vs%20World.pdf. Be prepared to discuss.
Select one (1) of the model countries from the text. Compare and contrast two (2) strengths and two (2) weaknesses of its justice system to the United States’ justice system. Suggest one (1) change to each country’s justice system that might improve on the weaknesses that you noted. Provide a rationale for your response.
From the e-Activity, suppose you are a political leader in your community. Give one (1) example of an alternative to incarceration that you would implement to reduce crime in your community. Examine the fundamental ways in which implementing your chosen alternative will potentially lead to reduced crime.
RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
Englands court system is complicated and, in places confusing, because it was only developed over 1,000 years ago rather than being designed from scratch. Different types of case are dealt with in specific courts: for example, all criminal cases will start in the magistrates’ court, but the more serious criminal matters are committed (or sent) to the Crown Court. Appeals from the Crown Court will go to the High Court, and potentially to the Court of Appeal or even the Supreme Court.
The United States on the other hand Congress has used this power to establish the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, the 94 U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. U.S. Bankruptcy Courts handle bankruptcy cases. Magistrate Judges handle some District Court matters. The Constitution and laws of each state establish the state courts. A court of last resort, often known as a Supreme Court, is usually the highest court. Some states also have an intermediate Court of Appeals.