Criminal Justice

What solutions can you provide to improve the situation?

In a 7-9 page policy paper, fully answer the following questions:
How does your community (i.e., the state in which you live) fail to meet the needs of clients with mental health issues after they complete probation or time in prison?
What solutions can you provide to improve the situation?
You are strongly encouraged to talk with members of the mental health and criminal justice communities to get a better sense as to the needs in your community.
A policy paper (or whitepaper) is one that proposes a specific answer or solution to a policy-relevant question or issue with the majority of its focus and analysis on the answers, rather than on the history or statement of the problem. Policy papers are presented to those who make decisions (e.g., a state senator, top government official, CEO, or the governor); therefore, you can presume your reader has some working knowledge of the problem to be addressed. Your resources are to be scholarly and supported by research, rather than textbooks, dictionaries, or common, run-of-the-mill newspapers or online websites.
Your paper should include discussion and citations from at least four credible sources other than (or in addition to) the course textbook. This includes peer reviewed journal articles, books, and gov documents. You can find these resources in the Central State Library.
In addition to all APA guidelines, the policy paper for this course should include the following:
A brief (1-2 page) history of the nationwide problem to be addressed;
A brief (2-3 paragraphs) statement of the local problem to be addressed;
A short answer (2-3 paragraphs) that summarizes the in-depth analysis conducted later in the paper; and
An analysis section, which is, in essence, the rest of your paper (3-4 pages). This should be a detailed analysis of your solutions, supported by facts, data and other reliable, relevant resources.

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