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North Point, Maine Police: Tackling Organizational and Community Issues

This case study is about a fictional police department with issues and situations drawn from a number of real-life scenarios faced by police administrators in the United States. The content allows for open discussion about overcoming resistance to change, organizational dynamics, management, communication, and many other public management issues. It is intended to help students develop problem identification, potential solution development, and reflection skills.

Mission Capacity Achieved (Readiness) & Life Cycle Cost Analyses for Fighter Aircraft F-XX Fleet

Freedonia is a modest sized country with a population of roughly 20 million. Freedonian Air Force (FAF) has approximately 150 fighter aircraft. The Commander of FAF has realized that operations and maintenance costs for these aircraft are substantially increasing every year due to aging fleet. The Commander wants to develop a long-term acquisition strategy to replace its aging aircraft fleet. The aircraft code-named F-XX is smaller and simpler than contemporaries but it costs less to both procure and operate, making it a popular aircraft.

Loyalty, Ethics and "Whistle Blowing": Confronting Corruption in the Volatile World of Law Enforcement

This ethics-related case focuses on documented corruption in a county sheriff’s department. While such corruption is, unfortunately, not unheard of, this occurrence was initiated and conducted for an extended period of time by the highly respected county sheriff himself. The sheriff, who had served for many years, had been quite successful in modernizing the department and building a reputation of integrity for himself and his department. That his sterling reputation led to his election as head of the State Sheriff’s Association, made his subsequent fall from grace even more damaging.

United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation

This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.

Using Sensible Legal Strategies and Unlikely Alliances to Achieve Fairness for Immigrants in Nebraska: A Reasoned Voice Will Take You Far

Since the mid-1990s, Milo Mumgaard and his colleagues at the Nebraska Appleseed Center have established themselves as honest brokers for doing the right thing on behalf of immigrants in the nation's heartland. Their track record encompasses significant victories in public policy, from immigration to welfare. They also give individuals and community groups the legal tools they need to win on housing, labor and other struggles. Mumgaard and his colleagues adhere to the following principles:

How Young Women Ex-Offenders are Transforming Themselves: Turning Pain into Power: Center for Young Women's Development

The Center for Young Women's Development employs young women just out of juvenile detention. The women learn about the roots of the social and political factors that have shaped them and their communities. They counsel others and engage in community activism, turning their pain into power. Led by Lafeefah Simon and other young women, the Center incorporates the following into its approach:

Engaging Traditionally Disenfranchised Residents in Community Development: Changing the Terms of the Struggle

South Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) annually engages 5,000 low and moderate-income residents in the economic development of their gentrifying neighborhoods. FAC is a community development corporation that goes beyond traditional housing development. Its programs are national models for partnering with community residents to create affordable housing and living-wage employment, form community benefit agreements with developers, and enable individuals returning from prison to rejoin society.

Changing Mandatory Drug Sentencing Laws on the Federal and State Levels: Putting a Human Face on Injustice Reversing a Political Juggernaut

Julie Stewart and her colleagues mobilize the angry and grief stricken families of people incarcerated under mandatory drug sentencing laws. Under these laws, even first-time, non-violent offenders receive extensive prison sentences. The organization brings diverse interests together to change both federal policy and state statutes. Stewart and her colleagues use the following strategies:

A World Without Prisons: Improving Prisoners' Lives and Transforming the Justice System Important Things to Tell

Cassandra Shaylor and Cynthia Chandler founded Justice Now in 2000. They push hard for prison abolition while advocating for better health care and conditions for prisoners in California's two largest women's prisons. They prioritize the leadership of prisoners, and offer interns the opportunity to work and meet with women inside prisons to learn firsthand about prisoners' human struggles as well as the policy implications of state sponsored violence. Their strategies include the following:

Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers: An Ethnographic Study

In recent years scholars, authors, and activists have articulated the existence of a generation gap within the African-American community. In the context of the developing generational divide in contemporary African-American social life, this study examines the program Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers (AIM) and its successes and challenges in transitioning youth to leadership. This ethnography examines AIM's organizational culture and its ability to transition youth, its staff, volunteers and clients into leadership in partnership with the adult leadership of the program.