Marion and Oliver define interest groups as “pressure group, special interest, organized interest, of faction, as a group of citizens who are organized and attempt to influence legislation so it reflects their interest or policy goals.” (p.281). Consider exploring the sources in the CRJ510 Professional Resources List to assist your research for this activity.
Read the Lutze and Schaefer article and use it as a springboard for this discussion. Reentry and rehabilitation programs are controversial and have proponents on both sides of the issues. Explain the role special interest groups play in their effort to influence legislation that dictates reentry and rehabilitation policy. Then from a macro perspective, should there be so many access points that allow special interest groups to access legislators? What are the negatives to allowing special interest groups to have an active role in political campaigns?
Usually, each interest group plays a vital role in influencing legislation that dictates rehabilitation and reentry. Good examples of such groups include the members of the public (including the activists), former politicians, the ruling regime, and the opposition. On the one hand, the public and the activists usually perceive that the criminal justice programs that have been put in...
By purchasing this solution you'll be able to access the following files: