|01:202:203||Prisons and Prisoners|
|Description:||Origins and methods of revenge, coercive custody, confinement, punishment, rehabilitation, restitution, deterrence, and prisoner education programs examined. Includes emphasis on current controversies related to jail and prison overcrowding, treatment of violent juveniles and chemically dependent offenders, and AIDS risk assessment of juvenile and adult offenders.|
Professor SHERIDAN, Section 01: Prisons are environments that exert extra-ordinary control (social, emotional, physical, etc) over its prisoners. This is an analytical exploration of the correctional process utilizing the theories of environmental press and prisonization to explore the prisons social forces (custody and convict), their effect upon those confined, and its consequences for society. The course is intended to challenge common views of prison operations that perpetrate myth and misunderstanding to result in a perspective that will query both current and proposes uses of the prison as a social institution. Prisons, especially now, exert a tremendous financial obligation from taxpayers, politicians for the past 40 years have used it as a platform for elections, and it has become a repository for the nation’s minorities, addicts and mentally among others. These issues similarly affect the social fabric.
A few words about Convict Criminology: Convict Criminology proposes a methodology, a theory, and a perspective about the study of correctional environments and its occupants. Its study could easily occupy a full semester of work. This semester will provide you with an introduction to that theory and that perspective for your consideration. Dr. Richards ends every email with the message, “we have been tough on crime, now we need to be smart on crime.” This semester proposes to offer an exploration or prisons and prisoners with the tenets of convict criminology as its underpinnings.
|Current Syllabus:||Spring 2017 WELCH
Spring 2017 SHERIDAN
Fall 2016 WELCH