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Week 15: Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice Revisited
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 15: Week of December 11, 2005

  • Topic: Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice Revisited

    THE LAST DAY OF CLASS is Friday, December 16th.

  • Preparatory Readings:

    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. entirety.
    --- Sachar. Holes. entirety.
    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. entirety.

    -----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.

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:
    • the interrelationship between theory, policy, practice
    • the aesthetics of answerability
    • illocutionary discourse
    • the Other

  • Discussion Questions:
    1. What was the most interesting creative measure that you worked on this semester? Why.
    2. What is the most important thing you learned in this course? Why.
    3. What advice would you give to students new to this teaching/learning approach? Why.
    4. What ideas and suggestions do you have to improve on this teaching/learning approach? Why. (Constructive criticism only).

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • Related books to read:
      --- John Irwin. The Warehouse Prison: Disposal of the New Dangerous Class.

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

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