1-1 Discussion: Discretion in Criminal Justice
November 5, 2022
Discretion in Criminal Justice
According to Maartje van der Woude, discretion refers to “the freedom, power, authority, decision or leeway of an official, organization or individual to decide, discern or determine to make a judgment, choice or decision, about alternative courses of action or inaction” (2016). For this first discussion, you will introduce yourself to your peers and describe an instance in which you have seen a discretionary decision made in the criminal justice field.
Include the following in your post:
Describe an instance in which you have seen in the media a discretionary decision made in criminal justice:This can be an instance that you read about in the news, saw on TV, or read online. Please focus on a public discretionary decision and refrain from sharing a personal example.This can be an instance that occurred in any branch of the field: law enforcement, courts, or corrections.Provide background information regarding the incident. Address all aspects of what occurred: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
ReferenceWoude, M. V. D. (2016). Chain reactions in criminal justice: Discretion and the necessity of interdisciplinary research.