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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.
 
Prerequisites: 01:202:201
Course Synopsis:

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.

Professor SOTO, Section 03: The course will focus on Prisons and Punishment in American society. The prison is the symbol of punishment in western society. Apart from the general and historical claims made on punishment, we will be concerned with the policy implications of the existence of prisons. We will discuss the purposes of prison, rehabilitation, and explore the issue of alternatives to incarceration. This course will emphasize classical and contemporary sociological and historical texts, case law, inmate memoirs, and fictional accounts of prison life. As we learn to connect crime to social cohesion, cultural diversity, labor issues, and racial, ethnic and gender differences, we will discover and sample various perspectives on punishment

 
Current Syllabus: Spring 2017 WELCH
Spring 2017 SHERIDAN
 
Previous Syllabi:

Fall 2016 WELCH
Fall 2016 SIULC
Spring 2016 WELCH

Spring 2016 SHERIDAN
Fall 2015 WELCH

Fall 2015 SIULCSummer 2015 SZEJNER
Spring 2015 WELCH

Spring 2015 SHERIDAN
Fall 2014 WELCH
Fall 2014 SHERIDAN

Summer 2014 SZEJNER
Spring 2014 MUNI

Spring 2014 SIULC
Fall 2013 WELCH
Fall 2013 SHERIDAN
Summer 2013 SZEJNER
Spring 2013 WELCH
Spring 2013 SIULC
Fall 2012 WELCH
Fall 2012 SHERIDAN
Summer 2012 SZEJNER
Spring 2012 SHERIDAN
Fall 2011 SHERIDAN

 

 


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