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Week of October 19, 2003

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    Merranda Houston wrote on Thursday, October 23rd:
    On the RCI site visit

    My immediate reactions to the RCI visit were that it was quite different from my past trips to RCI. I think that the tour guide that was in my group was very knowledgable of the facility. He sparked a high interest in me volunteering at the facility. I think that head officer, forgot his exact title, at the end of the tour was very informative and seemed willing to help in any way possible. They did a great job in giving a realistic approach of not only their jobs but of the facility as well compared to the images given from the media.

    merranda -- thank you for the feeback. because your in the media class, think about how this site visit compares to the hollywood images of prisons. why is that?

    On October 23rd, Erin Arneson wrote:
    On the RCI site visit

    The site visit was good.. I guess the only thing that surprised me was the death rate. Even though this is the 2nd prison i have been to and we talk about it in class how its different then TV i am still surprised. I always thought that prisons were more violent. Guess you cant belive everything you see and hear

    erin --- why don't images match up with reality?

    On Friday, October 24, 2003, Chase Bedard wrote:
    On the RCI site visit

    I want to thank you for bring us on the RCI tour. It was an excellent experience. I was totally shocked when we walked into the yard with hundreds of inmates starring at us. I can't believe that we were in a position in which the inmates were walking right next to us. Where were all of the guards at? I could only see about 3 at any given period of time. The staff kept mentioning about how tight the security was well what about us? We wern't very secure walking around with a few hundred convicted criminals and only few guards a hundred yards away and without weapons. But I thought that was really neat. Well I have a lot more comments and likes/dislikes to tell about this visit but I'll save them for class.

    chase -- you're very welcome. yes, do share your observations in class on monday. also think about how this site visit relates to "theory, policy, practice."

    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Monday, October 20, 2003, Dominick Melton wrote:
    On Cohen's middle class measuring rod

    What happens if you have a teacher from MIddle class teaching inner city kids? I believe this will hurt the kids because teacher can not relate to were there coming from, and also this maybe be the cause off high drop out rates of youth today. what you think?

    dominick -- that certainly was Cohen's major point in this theory. but where do most teachers come from -- which social class?

    On Thursday, October 23, 2003, Brandon Hutchins wrote:
    On Cohen's middle class measuring rod

    I think that parents dont spend time with there kids, because they are so busy. Now days, parents are so busy working and "developing a career" that they dont have time for the important things in their lives. the free time that parents do get, they want to do something that they can release some frustration and stress.

    brandon -- i jjust glanced at an article in the latest issue of Time which focused on parents making quality time with kids a priority and parents are trying to slow down the pace. what do you think?

    On Monday, October 20, 2003, Maggie Schwingle wrote:
    On Cohen's middle class measuring rod

    Today in class we discussed Cohen's ideas. I do not agree with him at all. It seems as though he is trying to find an excuse for why they join gangs. Just because their parents do not have money why balme it on those who do. What happened to taking responsiblity for your own actions.

    maggie -- we will be reviewing quite a few theories so when we come to one you agree with, let me know.

    On Tuesday, October 21st, Kyle Corrigan wrote:
    On differential association

    if you didn't get my last e mail about adler this is what i said. I strongly believe in sutherlands first of nine, which is criminal behavior is learned. I work at winslow elementary school and i hear stories from the kids of learned violent behaviors their parents or gaurdians have taught them. this learned criminal behavior is basically the circular cycle that is associated with the criminal behavior of the disadvantaged urban youths.

    kyle -- if you don't hear from me within 48 hours, it usually means that i didn't get the email. why sutherland's first nine? how do we break the cycle?

    On day, Wednesday, October 22, 2003, Katie MacCready wrote:
    On Cloward and Ohlin

    In Week 8 readings, Cloward and Ohlin differential opportunity theory about the three subcultural gangs: criminal, coflict, and retretavist. Pollock pointed out in argument that in Cloward and Ohlin ideas about women are only mentioned in being blamed for male deliquency because they are the cause of men wanting more money. Women also are not seen as a part of the economic mainstream of society, this idea says that because women have no ecomonic need for sucess that they will not be criminal in order to reach those goals.

    katie -- do you agree with pollock's critique? why.

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    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    Matt Sherry wrote on Monday, October 20th:
    On Kenneth Lumpkin's guest lecture

    I don't know if I'm the only one, but I was sort of confused today as to what the guest speaker really had to do with crime in the media. It didn't seem like the paper printed much or had to do much with crime.

    Heidi Schneider wrote on Monday, October 20th:
    On Kenneth Lumpkin's guest lecture

    A few things, first i felt like the speaker today was contradicting himself when he talked about stoping the drug dealers in his neighborhood, but not cracking down on the small guys, who does he think is selling drugs in his nieghborhood. . .

    matt and heidi -- on wednesday, we'll discuss today's guest lecture.

    Ryan Fornal wrote on Monday, October 20th:
    On the Kenneth Lumpkin lecture

    He avoided answering my question on "How do you plan on educating someone who steals and/or sells their body to prostitution? What methods or ideas do you plan on implementing for their treatment? Instead he asked me a question to try and go around the question at hand. Would you happen to have his email address?

    ryan -- his email address was noted in his publication, i'm sure.

    Veronica Ramirez wrote on Tuesday, October 21st:
    On the Kenneth Lumpkin lecture

    How do you educate dealers & prostitutes? With $ used wisely. How can anyone be rehabilitated in a system that does not help a person better themselves. Effective programs are what is needed, and qualified people to run them. A prostitute may need counseling for drug habits or for learning self worth - since many have been victims of sexual abuse as children. Along with job and management skills. A dealer can be shown how to use their business minded mentallity in a legal and productive manner. Yes, it costs $, but so does building new facilities. Not all will choose the right path, but there are those who just need someone to believe in them, and to show them a way out of their present lifestyle. Every human being is valuable, and capable of changing.

    veronica -- you raise some critical questions here.

    Tony Ciardo wrote on Wednesday, October 22nd:
    On the Kenneth Lumpkin lecture

    i was looking at ryan's comment about the speaker and i have to agree that he went around the question of what are you doing to educate the people who steal etc. He started off by asking another question, which to me seemed that he went around the question stated.

    tony -- lots of different ways of interpreting the situation. a social construction of reality?

    Merranda Houston wrote on Tuesday, October 21st:
    On the Kenneth Lumpkin lecture

    Commenting on the comments posted on the lecture commentary on Heidi's comment I don't think he contradicted his self one bit, he is absoltely correct you first need to target the "main" person who is the distrubtor of the drugs. The drug dealers have to get them from someone and 95% of the time he is not a black man living in the neighborhood where the drugs are being sold. Commenting on Ryan's comment, to me he made it seem as though prostites or someone who steals cannot be educated, are they inhuman and are they un-educatable because they commit a crime? I don't think he is asking the correct person about educating these types of people that is not his job title, it is up to the individual person to want to be educated. (PS sorry about 25 words or less...I just really wanted to commit on both of these commentaries.)

    merranda -- we will be discussing the guest lecture in class on wednesday.

    Dominick Melton wrote on Monday, October 20th:
    On Kenneth Lumpkin's lecture

    Today the guest speaker asked about how we felt about "Gun control", Jennifer Harris made a statement to him that "this would just assist to an criminal to carry a weapon knowing that if it legal and give more reason to committ crimes. I agree with her because we need to clean up streets of guns, not put more out there

    dominick -- there was researcher who claimed that "more guns, less crime" --what do you think?

    Merranda Houston wrote on Tuesday, October 21st:
    On Kenneth Lumpkin's lecture

    I really enjoyed the perspective given by the speaker. One point that he touched on that I covered in a current event on Operating While Revocked sent to you earlier in the week was the fact that too many people, especially African American Males, are being charged as criminals and are taking up jail space for victimless crimes and at the same time they are looking at spending millions on yet another prison.

    merranda -- i'm glad you enjoyed the guest lecture.

    Molly Ertl wrote on Tuesday, October 21st:
    On Kenneth Lumpkin's lecture

    In sum, i said that i really didn't like the speaker. He completely contradictied himself. He really had nothing to say about what we are studying. Even after someone asked him a question about his newspaper. I talked to heidi about him after class, we both agreed that it was an hour wasted.

    molly -- okay, we'll be discussing the guest lecture in class tomorrow. .

    Stephen Bedwell wrote on Wednesday, October 22nd:
    On courtroom cameras

    While doing some research on media bias I came across an interesting article that was written in 1996 in correspondence with the O.J. Simpson trial. It relates greatly to what we discussed in class today. The article is titled "Question of media bias without courtroom cameras". It can be found at Question of media bias without courtroom cameras I recommend reading it. It makes some interesting points.

    stephen -- thanks. hopefully others in the class will check this out.

    On Wednesday, October 22nd, Samantha Sosnay wrote:
    On crime waves

    I think that all of the school hazing incidents can be considered a crime wave. The one in the news yesterday about the football players sodomizing their teammates at a preseason camp and there was another story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about another incident that occured around homecoming time at a Port Washington high school. I wouldn't be surprised if their are other stories that come out as well.

    samantha -- that will be an interesting one to watch out for.

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Tuesday, Octoer 21st , Katie MacCready wrote:
    On "The Second City"

    The video we watched the other day in class about the largest jail was quit interesting. I found it kind of gross all the foot diseases many inmates have. I also found it interesting many of them know they have health issues and until they watch the video when the enter the jail on the first day, some of them are not even knowlegeable of what disease their symptoms are coming from.

    katie -- it does make you wonder about the inmates diagnosing themselves based on a video, doesn't it? and that's called "medical screening?"

    On Wednesday, October 22nd, Matt Meyer wrote:
    On the "Second City"

    Just the first thirty minutes of that documentary was very intresting. Just to see the huge difference between the jail there and say RCI. I know that RCI is a prison but i was under the impression that jails were better, condition over-crowding, and i was just amazed to see all of those people stuffed in just such a little cell. I also found it intresting to see that the guards were kind of afraid of the prisoners.

    matt -- this documentary is in our library on reserve so you're welcome to view the second half. if you do so, let me know what you think of the ending.

    On Wednesday, October 22nd, Caterricka Harris wrote:
    On "Presumed Innocent"

    It was strange to hear the captain inform the correectional officers on the issue of suiside and tell them to keep their eyes open so they can try to prevent them as much as possible. This goes back to theory, policy, and practice. The correctional officers were told to watch out for suspentions of suicide, but will they really follow through?

    caterricka -- do you think they would follow through or not? why.

    On Wednesday, October 22nd, Bobby Malecki wrote:
    On "Presumed Innocent"

    One thing I will definately take from this class is the fact that I never want to be in a correctional facility. I'm condfdent it would never happen as an inmate, but I wouldn't even want a part of it as a correctional officer, no way, and watching that Presumed Innocence video today solidified my standpoint on it. Unimaginable.

    bobby -- okay, that seems pretty clear cut.