Team, Based off week two’s feedback, I believe we need to take a different approach to our research paper. Rather than addressing ‘four hypotheses’ we should narrow it down to one.
I believe that Leadership and integrity are extremely important to any organization. Without these characteristics, such organization will lack accountability, which in time, it becomes epidemic. Our independent variable will be focused on leadership which correlates with ‘accountability’ and ‘integrity’ in the workplace. We can utilize our pre-researched articles to address the effects/causal factors. Example, why there is a lack of accountability at this correctional facility? Do they utilize a background check as a mean to screen their candidates? Pay rates…etc all these variables could contribute to the ‘lack of leadership and integrity’ ….
Let me know your thoughts….
This is what I propose… Michelle you go first, and then submit for the team. Desmond you build on Michelle’s portion, and then submit for the team. Shonta, you build on Michelle and Desmond’s portions and submit for the team. (I think this is the best way to avoid redundancy from team mates) ..
Below is the first part of the paper done by team mate I part is the high lighted part.
Changing the Scope of the Maryland Department of Corrections
|To educate and generate proper funding to make necessary internal and external changes to improve conditions within the facility.|
|To address the specific causes as to why the Baltimore Jail failed|
|Utilize funding for improvements in training, create internal accountability and eliminate both inmate and officer misconduct|
- In what ways did the lack of leadership within the facility lead to the corruption both by inmates as well as officers?
- Allegations of female inmates taking cash payoffs for sex with inmates
B. Black Guerilla Family
1. Drug trafficking
- Were proper safeguards employed by prison officials to determine that they had found a suitable candidate to work within the prison?
- State officials were made aware of issues within the facility as early as 2011, ultimately asking for federal help, as the state could not conduct an investigation within due to limited resources (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-04-24/news/bs-ed-indictments-20130424_1_gang-members-black-guerrilla-family-contraband)
- Federal Investigators cited lack of enforcement of security policies within the facility, allowing those to be known participants in criminal activities to keep their employment. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-04-24/news/bs-ed-indictments-20130424_1_gang-members-black-guerrilla-family-contraband
- Lack of qualified staff and training as a weakness (http://marylandreporter.com/2013/05/01/correctional-officers-respond-to-baltimore-city-prison-scandal/)
Justification for the study
- Maryland Correctional Facility’s failure can be faulted due to the lack of leadership from within, substandard hiring and training procedures, lower than average pay scales and poor working conditions, meaning that the facility itself allowed for ample opportunity for multiple levels of prisoner and officer misconduct including but not limited to sexual misconduct, contraband and a functioning gang operation. This study shall focus specifically on the critical and immediate issues that can be addressed in order to protect both inmates and officers within the facility, making it functional and an effective facility.
My portion is next 400 words
Rationale: Explain how these questions (Presented by Michelle) are related to the larger issues raised in the introduction.
h. Describe what specific claim, hypothesis, or model of criminal justice you will evaluate with these questions.
i. Explain what the hypothesis will suggest about criminal justice theory if confirmed.
j. Explain what the hypothesis will suggest about criminal justice theory if not confirmed.
Here are some references we are to use on this.
Michael S. Williamson. 1996-2014. Maryland’s prison system struggles to police thousands of guards and inmates. Written by: The Washington post. Retrieved by: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/marylands-prison-system-struggles-to-police-guards-and-inmates/2013/05/27/dfacdeb0-bbda-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html
Michael Winter, April 23, 2013. Written by: USA Today. Baltimore guard, inmates indicted for gang corruption. Retrieved from: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/23/baltimore-plot-smuggle-contraband-jail/2107523/
Ann E. Mari mow and John Wagner, April 23, 2014. Over a dozen Maryland State Prison guards in latest prison sex and corruption scandal. Retrieved by: http://theerant.yuku.com/topic/58651/Dozen-Maryland-State-Prison-Guards-Latest-Prison-Sex-Cor#.U4SWt_lSaE4
Van Smith, 2014. Witten by: Baltimore City Paper. Black Guerrilla family prison-gang case nets four guilty pleas. Retrieved from: http://jonathanturley.org/2013/04/25/bulldogs-pen-maryland-prison-was-run-by-gang-leader-who-impregnated-four-guards/