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Option B: Interview a Criminal Justice Professional
If you pick this option, a criminal justice professional is someone
(not a family member) who devotes a majority of his/her work time to a
police agency, a court related position, the Department of Corrections,
Juvenile Justice,etc. Some Military professionals may be valid interview
subjects, depending on their title. You can use personal contacts or
call an agency that interests you and ask to talk to one of their
employees. Explain to whomever you speak with that this is an assignment
for a college course in criminal law, and the qualifications you are
looking for (that the person you interviewing must be a criminal justice
professional). If someone turns you down, do not get hurt or angry.
Keep looking. After you select a person, arranged to meet them at the
agency, complete the interview by telephone, or complete the interview
by e-mail. You will obtain better responses with an in-person interview.
However, the logistics of how the interview will be conducted is up to
you and the person you are going to interview. Keep in mind that the
purpose of this interview is to talk with a criminal justice
professional about the law related aspects of the profession.
Once you have a interviewee, prepare a list of at least ten questions
to ask. Don’t wait until the interview! That list should include
questions about frequent criminal law issues encountered, any problems
under our current system, and any areas which may need reform. Focus
your questions on the law related aspects of the person’s job. Please
take time to develop some innovative questions dealing with the law
related aspects of the person’s job. The quality and quantity of your
questions are significant. While you must have ten questions at a
minimum, if you expect an A on this Assignment, I would suggest that you
submit 14-20 questions.
During the interview, don’t limit yourself to those questions. Being
prepared and asking follow-up questions and clarifying responses is
The following is the general format for this assignment: