For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources and share your topic for your Policy Project. This Discussion provides you with an opportunity to share your ideas and to offer each other suggestions and/or recommendations relevant to your projects.

Post by your topic for your Policy Project. Explain why you are interested in this topic and why you believe a policy relevant to that topic needs to be created or evaluated. Identify the specific area(s) within that topic that your project will encompass.

  • Bardach, E., Patashnik, E. M.  (2016). A practical guide for policy analysis: The eightfold path to more effective problem solving (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press.
    • Part 1, “The Eightfold Path” (pp. 1–82)This section provides an overview of the author’s Eightfold Path approach to problem solving. Note: Start familiarizing yourself with the steps presented in this section, and refer to it as you develop your Policy Project.
  • Wilson, J. Q., & Petersilia, J. (2011). Crime and public policy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Chapter 9, “Race and the Administration of Criminal Justice in the United States” (pp. 237–256)The chapter begins with an overview of the historical discrimination against blacks by the criminal justice system in the United States. The author then presents both sides of the contemporary debate over whether racial discrimination occurs in a number of areas including arrest and incarceration based on racial profiling, capital punishment, and drug arrests.
    • Chapter 13, “Drugs, Crime, and Public Policy” (pp. 368–410)The chapter explores the ways in which public policy and crime influence one another. The chapter examines the ways in which drug use can influence crime and the potential effects of various policy changes on drug use and crime. The authors make recommendations for policy in the areas of law, prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.
  • Drug Policy Alliance. (2014). Cocaine and crack facts. Retrieved from http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts 

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