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Week 8: Jails and Short-Term Detention
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 8: Week of October 23, 2005

  • Topic: Jails and Short-Term Detention

    LAST DAY TO DROP CLASS is Friday, October 28th

    Last Day for Required Midterm Meeting is Friday, October 28th. 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. 24-26
    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. entirety.
    --- Documentary, "Presumed Innocent" and "Second City" (to be shown in class)

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • prison-based therapeutic communities
    • detox
    • vocational training
    • prison labor
    • jail
    • pretrial detention
    • misdemeanor
    • bail

  • Discussion Questions:

      Note: Be sure to incorporate the two documentaries, "Presumed Innocent" and "Second City" into your answers.

    1. What are the similarities and differences between jails and prisons? Why do some people use these terms interchangeably?
    2. Why are county jails considered the "bottom of the correctional barrel?"
    3. What are some problems you would expect to encounter if you were in charge of providing rehabilitation in a county jail? Why.
    4. What are some alternative to pretrial detention? What do these alternatives tell us about the interrelationship between "theory, policy, and practice"? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures

    • Research "what works?" inside a county jail? In other words, what are today's most successful rehabilitation programs in the county jail? Why. How is success measured? Why.
    • Other books related to jails:
      --- J.F. Fishman. Crucibles of Crime: The Shocking Story of the American Jail.
      --- D. Danto. Jail House Blues.
      --- John Irwin. The Jails: The Managing the Underclass in American Society.

    • 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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