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Week 7: The Rehabilitation Debate
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 7: Week of October 16, 2005

  • Topic: The Rehabilitation Debate

    Special Note: October 18-28 - Required Midterm Meetings. If you do not have an appointment, please see me ASAP. Be sure to bring your three-ring binder, all of your discussion questions and a one-page summary of your creative measures for the first half of the semester.

  • Preparatory Readings:
    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 20-23
    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. entirety.
    --- Documentary, "Prison Gangs and Racism" (shown in class on Friday, October 14th)

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • rehabilitation
    • recidivism
    • program success
    • boot camp
    • prison-based therapeutic communities
    • prison gangs
    • supermax

  • Discussion Questions:

      Be sure incorporate the documentary, "Prison Gangs and Racism" in your answer.

    1. Who is the typical inmate in today's supermax prison?
    2. Why does the supermax prison provide the best metaphor for moral bankruptcy when it comes to crime and corrections?
    3. Based on the readings and other materials, does rehabilitation work? Why.
    4. What are the arguments on both sides of the rehabilitation debate? Which side do you take? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures

    • Make A Box a Week reflecting on the week's correctional issues.
    • Research "what works?" In other words, what are today's most successful rehabilitation programs? Why. How is success measured?
    • Other books related to rehabilitation:
      --- Robert Martinson. The Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment.
      --- Frances Cullen and Karen Gilbert. Reaffirming Rehabilitation.
      --- James Finckenauer. Scared Straight and the Panacea Phenomenon.
      --- S. Martin, L. Sechrest and R. Redner. New Directions in the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders.

    • 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:
    • American Friends Service Committee. Struggle for Justice
    • David Fogel. We are Living Proof...
    • Graeme Newman. The Punishment Response.
    • James Q. Wilson. Thinking About Crime.
    • Elliott Currie. Confronting Crime.

    • Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
    • Jeffrey Reiman. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.
    • James Austin and John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.

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