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Race, Crime, Law

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Department of Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest Update: October 25, 2001

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  • This local hub site will serve as a forum for messages about:

    All UWP Classes, Announcements
    • Friday, October 26, 2001 -- Last Day to Drop Semester Courses
    • November 22-23, 2001 -- Thanksgiving Break
    • Monday, December 10, 2001 -- Final Absolute Deadline
    • Friday, December 14, 2001 -- Last Day of Fall Semester Classes

    • Criminal Justice Association News

      Check the Criminal Justice Department web page for future club announcement.

    All UWP Classes, Fall 2001 Report of Learning (ROL)

    All UWP Classes, web assigned readings:
    All UWP Classes, field trips

      The following field trips have been scheduled. If you are interested in attending, please email me. Priority is simply "first come, first serve." Do not be a "no show" ! (If you cannot attend, you will need to let me know ASAP so that others can attend).

      Kenosha County Detention Center -- Tuesday, October 30th at 1-3 p.m. Maximum: 25 students. As of October 25th, 10 openings left.

      Racine County Jail -- Thursday, November 1st, at 10 a.m. til 12 noon. Maximum: 20 students. Filled.

      NEW Racine Correctional Institution -- Saturday, November 10th, 10a.m. til 12 noon. Maximum: 25 students. Must be at least 18 years old. As of October 25th, 4 openings left.

    Criminology (CRMJ/SOCA 233)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 10 a.m. central time on the date noted)

      Social Control Theories (due Wednesday, October 31st). 1) What makes social control theory different from other types of theories? Why. 2) Looking at the three selections in this section of Williams & McShane, what do you think are the common elements? 3) Which of these theories best explains delinquent behavior today? Why.

      NEW Target/Victim (due Friday, November 9th). Note: Incorporate in your answer the documentary, "Heart Broken in Half." 1) According to routine activities theory, what three elements are needed for a crime to occur? Provide an example to illustrate each element. 2) What is the major underlying assumption of the rational choice perspective? 3) Joel Best's article opens with "victimization has become fashionable." Why does he say this? 4) Which of the two theories -- rational choice or routine activities -- best explains "Heart Broken in Half"? Why. What are the implications for "theory, policy, practice"?

    • Recommended Readings
    • Important Class Related Links

      Criminology - Index of Resources and Teaching Essays

      Preventing Crime

    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 11 a.m. central time on the date noted)

      Rehabilitation Debate (due Monday, October 29th). 1) Based on the readings, does rehabilitation work? Why. 2) What are the arguments on both sides of the rehabilitation debate? Which side do you take? Why.

      Jails (due Wednesday, October 31st). Note: In order to be prepared for this self-test, you MUST view the documentaries, "The Second City," and "Presumed Innocent," to be shown in class. 1) What are the similarities and differences between jails and prisons? Why do some people use the terms interchangeably? 2) Why are county jails considered the "bottom of the correctional barrel?" 3) What are some problems you would expect to encounter if you were in charge of providing rehabilitation programs in a county jail? Why.

      Community Corrections (due Monday, November 5th). 1) What are the differences and similarities between probation and parole? 2) What is the purpose of probation? What is the purpose of parole? 3) How does the use of probation effect the correctional system? Why is it used so extensively? How does the use of parole impact on the correctional system? 4) How could the investigation and supervisory functions of probation be most effectively organized? Given these two organizational tasks, how should a probation officer parcel his/her time and efforts? Why.

      Holes-Beginning (due Wednesday, November 7th). 1) How does "institutionalization" of Stanley compare to that of Hassine's experience? Why. 2) What are your early impressions of Holes.

    • Recommended Readings
    • Interesting Links

      Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail Cam Link. Link found by Mary Frances Chachula.

      Wisconsin Department of Corrections

      Virtual Prison Tour

    Race, Crime & Law (CRMJ/SOCA 490)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 1 p.m. central time on the date noted)

      Juries & Race (due Wednesday, October 31st). 1) One of the opening quotes in Chapter 7 of the Kennedy book notes: "Balancing group bias on the jury is an invitation to jurors to abandon even the attempt to approach the evidence from a disinterested point of view." (Jeffrey Abramson). Why do you think Kennedy included this quote? What is your reaction to this quote? Why. What would Fellman's reaction be and why? 2) What is meant by "playing the race card?" Did Johnnie Cochran use the "race card?" Why or why not.

      NEW Race and Sentencing (due Wednesday, November 7th). 1) How would you answer the question, "When does race make a difference in sentencing?" Why. How would Randall Kennedy answer this question? Why. 2) Some researchers argue that racial stereotypes affect the ways in which decision makers, including criminal justice officials, evaluate the behavior of racial minorities. What are the stereotypes associated with African Americans? Hispanics? Native Americans? Asian Americans? How might these stereotypes affect judges' sentencing decisions? What would Fellman say? Why. 3) What type of sentencing reforms could be implemented to eliminate racial disparities? What does Randall Kennedy advocate when it comes to race and sentencing? Why.

    • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

      Race, Crime, Law class web board

      Giving Voice to Race for additional resources and links.

      Check out links to Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Recommended Readings
    • Other Announcements

    Law & Social Change (CRMJ/SOCA 352) To Be Offered Spring 2002