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Week 6: Courts and Corrections
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 6: Week of October 9, 2005

  • Topic: Courts and Corrections

    Special Note: October 18-28 - Required Midterm Meetings. Please see me to schedule a date/time.

  • NEW Make A Box. Due Wednesday, October 12th.

  • Preparatory Readings:
    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 14-16
    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. entirety.
    --- Documentary, "Hard Time" (to be shown in class)

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • prisoner rights
    • due process
    • disciplinary hearings
    • the Eighth Amendment

  • Discussion Questions:

      Be sure incorporate the documentary, "Hard Time" in your answer.

    1. How have offender rights been developed by the courts? What is the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice" when it comes to courts and corrections?
    2. Do prisoners give up their rights and privileges as punishment for crime(s) committed? How do we balance between the protection of the prisoner's rights and the community's need to punish? Why.
    3. What did you like best about Life Without Parole? What did you like least about this book? Why.
    4. How does Hassine's conclusion relate to "courts and corrections?" Do you agree with his conclusion? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • new Read other books related to prisoner rights:
      --- Lynne Goodstein and Doris Layton MacKenzie. The American Prison: Issues in Research and Policy.

    • Compare and contrast a series of prison movies (both old and new) with Hassine's Life Without Parole.
    • If you enjoyed reading Hassine's Life Without Parole , you might be interested in other prison autobiographies/biographies: a) Jack Henry Abbott. In the Belly of the Beast. b) Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings. c) Eldridge Cleaver. Soul on Ice. d) Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Thirteenth Round. e) Jarvis Jay Masters. Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row. f) Mumia Abu-Jamal. Live from Death Row.
    • Join the Yahoo Discussion Group with CSUDH students.

  • Recommended Readings:
    • Other books and studies on prisons:
      --- Erving Goffman. Asylums.
      --- Donald Clemmer. The Prison Community.
      --- Gresham Sykes. Society of Captives.
      --- Leo Carroll. Hacks, Blacks and Cons.
      --- John Irwin. Prisons in Turmoil.

    • Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
    • James Austin and John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.

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