Topic : Social Sciences Assessment Paper

The paper topic will discuss several different cases as they pertain to cruel and unusual punishment, excessive punishment for a crime, and wrongfully imposing the death penalty for crimes committed by minors and mentally handicapped people.

Eighth Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Cases to discuss:
(Death Penalty for Mentally Handicapped People)
Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002),https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/536/304/

(Death Penalty for Minors)
Coker v. Georgia. (n.d.). Oyez. Retrieved September 11, 2021, from https://www.oyez.org/cases/1976/75-5444

(Excessive Punishment)
Roper v. Simmons. (n.d.). Oyez. Retrieved September 11, 2021, from https://www.oyez.org/cases/2004/03-633

(Cruel and Unusual Punishment)
Weems v. United States, 217 U.S. 349 (1910),
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/217/349/

Lampe, J, April 26, 2021, Congressional Research Service, Jones v. Mississippi, 18-1259 (2020), https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/LSB/LSB10593

Core Assessment

For this class, you must conduct research on a criminal constitutional issue approved by your instructor and write a paper analyzing what you find, using U.S. Constitutional provisions, statutes, and court cases to support how you would solve the constitutional issue, and discussing social policy implications of your solution to the issue. You will be sharing your research in a discussion in Unit 8.
The purposes in conducting this research and writing this paper are to:
• Improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, using the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and U.S. Supreme Court cases
• Use the gathered information to propose a solution to a criminal constitutional issue;
• Discuss social policy implications of your solution
• Demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated.
• Present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class.
• Write technically correctly using APA Style.
The Core Assessment will include four assignments:
• Unit 5: Core Assessment Paper Draft
• Unit 7: Core Assessment Final Paper
• Unit 8: Core Assessment Presentation Discussion

Paper Requirements

Write a research paper explaining the instructor-approved issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome for the topic.
Include the following:

  1. Research the provision(s) of the United States Constitution that are at the heart of the criminal issue.
  2. Research any federal or state statutes that impact this issue.
  3. Research previous decisions of the United States Supreme Court that impact this issue.
  4. Conduct searches for any pending case(s) before the U.S. Supreme Court that may involve this issue.
  5. Based on your research, determine what should be the solution of this constitutional issue.
  6. Consider social policy implications of your solution.
    Paper Outline
  7. Your paper must include:
  8. A cover page
  9. Introduction
  10. Clear statement of the constitutional issue
  11. Discussion of your research
  12. Clear statement of your proposed solution, with supporting argument
  13. Discussion of social policy implications of your solution
  14. Conclusion
  15. Reference page, using APA style
    Unit 2: Paper Topic Selection (Required, Approval Needed)
    Introduction
    For this assignment, you will be required to post the topic you select for the Core Assignment Research Paper topic to a discussion board.
  16. Directions
  17. Choose a topic to write about for your research paper due at the end of Unit 7. The topic must be a constitutional, criminal law related, issue.
    • You may use your subject index in the back of your text to come up with some ideas that work well for this course.
    • Read through any posted ideas.
    • Post your topic for approval. If your topic is not approved, you will receive an email to discuss your options.
    Unit 5: Core Assessment Paper Draft
    Introduction
    For this assignment, you will be submitting a draft of the Core Assessment Paper due in Unit 7. You will receive feedback from your instructor to be applied to the Core Assessment Final Draft. You will also be required to present your paper in a discussion in Unit 8.
    Directions
    Write a draft of the paper explaining the instructor-approved issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome for the topic.

Pages 14 Double spaced(3850 words)
Style and sources APA7, 1 source
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Outline

Title page

Bibliography / Reference page

Study level Undergraduate (yrs. 3-4)
Assignment type Assessment
Subject Social Sciences
Language US

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