Decision Making

Scenario 1: Police While conducting your regular patrol duties as a police officer, you observe a young couple arguing and pushing each other. What are your options for intervention, and what are the possible outcomes of each of these intervention methods? According to the rational model of decision making, what choices do you have for handling the situation? What information do you need in order to make a proper decision? Which option would you choose? Scenario 2: Judge As a judge, you possess the ultimate decision-making authority in handing down sentences to offenders. Your state allows judges wide discretion when it comes to sentencing. At today’s sentencing hearing you will determine the sentence of a man convicted of armed robbery. What are the steps you will follow to arrive at a decision? What factors would you take into account when determining the sentence? Scenario 3: Prosecutor You are reviewing the case against a defendant who was arrested for sexual assault on a minor. The defendant’s attorney has contacted you and expressed an interest in a plea bargain. What factors will you consider when deciding whether to offer a plea bargain?

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