What can crime statistics tell us about the crime picture in America? How has that picture changed over time? How are these statistics used (in a good way or bad way)? Also, how should policymakers (lawmakers) use these statistics when passing laws and funding law enforcement budgets? Elaborate on your answers and support your elaboration with examples.
What four broad categories of criminal defenses does our legal system recognize? Under what circumstances might each be employed? Do you agree with how they are used and would you make any changes to these categories? Elaborate on your answers and support your elaboration with examples.