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Week 12: Race and 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 12: Week of November 14, 2004

    Friday, December 3rd, 11 a.m. (central time) - The Final Absolute Deadline

  • Topic: Race and Corrections

  • Preparatory Readings:
    --- Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. entirety
    --- Kennedy. Race, Crime and the Law. ch.10.
    --- Walker, et. al The Color of Justice. ch. 9.
    --- Documentary, "Chicano! Quest for a Homeland" (to be shown in class).
    --- Guest Lecturer: a Racine County Judge

  • Links to Lecture Notes

    Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:
    • prisons
    • jails
    • community corrections
    • probation
    • parole
    • minority overrepresentation
    • prison gangs
    • supermax

  • Discussion Questions:

      Note: Incorporate the documentary, "Chicano!" into your discussion.

    1. How does "race and corrections" relate to the documentary, "Chicano!"? What does this tell us about "theory, policy, and practice" when it comes to Latinos/as and corrections? Why.
    2. What correctional policies can be created from the principles of restorative justice (based on indigenous justice principles)? Are these values more compatible with some offenses than others? More appropriate for some types of offenders than others? What would Fellman say about this issue? Why. [from Walker, p. 320]
    3. Do you think prison gang formation is influenced most by external forces and the gang affiliations offenders bring to prison from the streets or by the internal forces of the prison environment, such as racial composition? What arguments can you offer to support your position? [from Walker, p. 320]
    4. What is the impact of the War on Drugs on minorities? What does Kennedy have to say about this issue?

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures

  • Recommended Readings:
    • Paul Wice. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and the American Justice System.
    • Marc Mauer . Americans Behind Bars: A Comparison of International Rates of Incarceration.
    • William Wilbanks. The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System.
    • Michael Tonry. Malign Neglect: Race, Crime, and Punishment in America.

    • Martha Minow. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness.
    • Bishop Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness.
    • Kenneth Culp Davis. Discretionary Justice.
    • The 9-11 Commission Report
    • Alfie Kohn. No Contest. The Case Against Competition. Alfie Kohn's website
    • Thomas Kuhn. Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
    • Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
    • Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.

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