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The  criminal law is designed to punish bad, voluntary acts and intentions  committed by a person. The purpose of criminal law is to protect society  from harm. There U.S. Constitution places limitations on what behaviors  and actions can be criminalized. Chapter 4 of the OER discusses a  person’s “status” and whether or not a person’s status can be a crime.
1. Define “Status” as discussed in the chapter 4 of the OER. What is the difference be a person’s status and a person’s acts?
2. What does the U.S. Constitution say about punishing an individual based on their status of being a drug addict? An alcoholic?
3.  Is it constitutional to criminalize being a drug addict, if the drug to  which a person is addicted, is illegal to possess? Should it be?  Explain your answer.
4. If drug addiction is harmful to society in  general, can the law force addicts into treatment programs against their  consent? Do you think this is a good idea? Explain why or why not.
5.  If a person doesn’t take care of their children because they are  addicted to methamphetamine, can the person be criminally charged? With  what?
6. If an individual has a deadly virus are there circumstances  in which the person’s status of being “infected” can be a crime? Can the  person be confined against their will? Should they be?
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