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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections: Week 4
Who Goes to Prison? and Hassine, part 1
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 4: Week of September 21, 2003

  • Topic: Who Goes to Prison? and Hassine, pt 1

  • Preparatory Readings:
    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 3-6
    --- Hassine. Life Without Parole. ch. 1-8

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • jail and prison (similarities and differences)

  • Discussion Questions:
    1. Who goes to prison? Why.
    2. Is the selection process discriminatory? Why or why not?
    3. Who "belongs" in prison? Why.
    4. What are your reactions (i.e., thoughts, impressions) to the first eight chapters of Life Without Parole ? What surprised you most about the most, so far?
    5. In terms of "theory, policy, practice," what do Hassine's experiences and observations tell us about today's prison? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • 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.

  • Recommended Readings:
    • Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
    • James Austin and John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.
    • Georg Rusche and Otto Kirchheimer. Punishment and Social Structure.
    • David Rothman. Discovery of Asylum.
    • Michel Foucault. Discipline and Punish

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