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Week 9: Community 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 9: Week of October 30, 2005

  • Topic: Community Corrections

    THE FINAL ABSOLUTE DEADLINE is Friday, December 2nd, 10 a.m. (central time).

  • Preparatory Readings:

    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 27-28
    --- Sachar. Holes. ch. 1-10.

    -----If you have read Holes already, read one of the following:
    ----------Will Hobbs. Downriver.
    ----------Walter Myers. Scorpion.
    ----------Walter Myers. Dream Bearer.
    ----------Christopher Curtis. Bud, Not Buddy.
    ----------Carl Hiaasen. Hoot.
    ----------or another book focusing on juvenile corrections with the instructor's approval.

    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. entirety.
    --- Documentary, "---" (to be shown in class)

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • probation
    • parole
    • prisoner re-entry
    • community surveillance
    • investigation and supervision
    • shock incarceration
    • reintegration
    • electronic monitoring

  • Discussion Questions:

      Note: Be sure to incorporate the documentary, "-----" into your answers.

    1. What are the similarities and differences between probation and parole? How do the goals of probation compare with the goals of parole? Why.
    2. Who should be placed on probation -- felons (violent, property), misdemeanants, drunk drivers, delinquents? Why. What level of recidivism is acceptable -- 20 percent, 30 percent, 50 percent? Why. How long should the probation department supervise offenders -- 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? Why.
    3. How could the investigative and supervisory functions of probation be more effectively organized? In other words, how should a probation officer parcel his/her time and effort? Why.
    4. Based on the readings and other class materials, how would you explain parole in terms of "theory, policy, practice?" Why.
    5. What are your first impressions of Sachar's Holes? What do you like best about the book, so far? What do you like least about the book? Why.
    6. In the early chapters, how realistic is Holes? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures

    • Research "what works?" in community corrections? In other words, what are today's most successful rehabilitation programs in the community? Why. How is success measured? Why.
    • Other books related to community corrections:
      --- H. Abadinsky. Probation and Parole.
      --- J. Augustus. John Augustus: First Probation Officer.
      --- D.J. Champion. Probation and Parole in the United States.
      --- Peggy Burke. Abolishing Parole.
      --- Richard McCleary. Dangerous Men
      --- Jonathon Simons. Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control fo the Underclass, 1890-1990.

    • Make A Box a Week reflecting on the week's correctional issues.

    • 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.

  • Interesting Links:

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