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Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial postings. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Cite sources in your responses to other classmates. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
From the South University Online Library, read the following article:

Impact of Information about Sentencing Decisions on Public Attitudes toward the Criminal Justice System (Also available as a PDF)

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On the basis of your reading, summarize the article, including the research questions, methodology, data sources, and findings of the study. In addition, respond to the following questions:

What were the key research questions being explored in this study?
How did the researchers collect the data? How did these methods impact the findings?
What were the general findings regarding the public’s perceptions of sentencing practices within the criminal justice system?
What does the article demonstrate about the limitations of survey research? What limitations do the authors acknowledge with their own study?
What does this study indicate about public perceptions of sentencing policy? What are the potential implications of these findings on the operation of the criminal justice system?

Review at least two of your classmates’ posts on the basis of the following:

Compare your classmates’ summaries of the article to your own, noting differences between their conclusions and yours.
Compare your classmates’ conclusions about the implications of the St. Armand and Zamble research with your own. What similarities and differences are there between the summary content and the conclusions drawn from the research?


SUO Discussion Rubric (80 Points) – Version 1.2

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