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Week 12: Special Populations
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 12: Week of November 20, 2005

  • Topic: Special Populations

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

  • Preparatory Readings:

    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch.8, 34-38.
    --- Sachar. Holes. ch. 37-43.

    -----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.
    --- Documentaries: "Voices from Inside" and "The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison" (to be shown in class)

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • the female prisoner
    • the mentally ill prisoner
    • the elderly prisoner
    • the HIV-positive prisoner

  • Discussion Questions:

      Special Note: Be sure to incorporate the documentaries, "Voices from Inside," and "The Farm" in your answers.

    1. What are some unique problems and challenges when dealing with:
      a) the HIV-positive prisoner? Why.
      b) the elderly prisoner? Why.
      c) the female prisoner? Why.
      d) the mentally ill prisoner? Why.

    2. As a follow-up, what might be some solutions relating to the problems of:
      a) the HIV-positive prisoner? Why.
      b) the elderly prisoner? Why.
      c) the female prisoner? Why.
      d) the mentally ill prisoner? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • Research "what works?" for one of the special populations discussed in class (i.e., the HIV-positive prisoner, the elderly prisoner, the female prisoner, the mentally ill prisoner). In other words, what are today's most successful programs for this special population? Why.
    • Research the latest developments in today's geriatric prisons.
    • Research the unique problems of the incarcerated mother or the incarcerated father.
    • Recommended readings on female prisoners:
      -- Wally Lamb. Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution.
      -- Jennifer Gonnerman. Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett.
      -- Sandra Enos. Mothering from Inside.
      -- Bell Gale Chevigny (ed.) . Harsh Punishment: International Experiences of Women's Imprisonment.
      -- Lori Girshick. No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison.
      -- Kathleen O'Shea. Women on the Row: Revelations from Both Sides of the Bars.

    • If you liked Sachar's Holes, you might want to read:
      --- Carl Hiaasen. Hoot.
      --- Will Hobbs. Downriver. and its sequel, River Thunder.
      --- Christopher Curtis. Bud, Not Buddy.
      --- Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl .
      --- Kimberly Holt. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
      --- Paul Beatty The White Boy Shuffle. [NOT children's literature]

    • Make a Globe (Origami Balloon). If you have made a globe, try making an origami balloon and then decorating it by depicting an issue related to this course.
    • 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:
    • Ronald Aday. Aging Prisoners: Crisis in American Corrections.
    • Harris/Miller. Impact of Incarceration on African American Families.
    • Seymour/Hairston. Children with Parents in Prison.

    • 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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