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Week of November 7, 2004

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    Matt Simes wrote on Wednesday, November 10th:
    On the KCDC site visit

    I enjoyed the site visit today. I would like to do a creative measure on today's visit. If you have any ideas let me know. . .

    matt -- glad you liked the site visit. you can incorporate the site visit as a creative measure by comparing your observations to course and other materials on today's jails.

    On November 11th, Frank Conforti wrote:
    On the KCDC site visit

    I think that the KCDC visit was a lot more relaxed and the officers were friendlier. They showed us lot of the building. Everyone asked questions and the answers were straightforward. I was amazed at how he open dormitories work. He said they could have up to 64 people in one dormitory. Over population is a huge problem that the face. I believe that he said they are over about 100 inmates then were they should be. I enjoyed the site visit.

    frank --- glad you enjoyed the site visit. an interesting comparison between the two site visits. now, can you use these observations by relating them to the focus of the course, "race, crime, law" ?

    On Thursday, November 11, 2004, Nick Contreras wrote:
    On the KCDC site visit

    I really enjoyed the site visit yesterday! Mike was a really cool guy, really layed back, yet you know he meant business. I didn't know that a lot of the inmates were merely ppl picked up after 9-11.. I think our group asked a LOT of really good questions, and a lot of things that i didn't think of asking were answered. ..i'm glad we stayed away from those dogs, though! . . .

    nick -- neat!



    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Wednesday, November 10, 2004, Chassidy Lewis wrote:
    On the documentary, "Angola"

    I really enjoyed the documentary we seen today in corrections class. It was sad to see the number of black males in the prison.

    chassidy -- we'll view the conclusion on friday in class.

    On Wednesday, November 10, 2004, Matt Simes wrote:
    On the documentary, "Angola"

    ...Also I enjoyed the film in corrections. I thought it was a real life touching approach to understanding the nation's high profile maximum security prisons. I am intersted in seeing the rest of it on friday.

    matt -- glad you are enjoying this documentary.

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 365 : Race, Crime & Law

    Paul Kehrli wrote on Monday, November 8th:
    On the documentary, "Witness to Execution"

    I was glad that ABC was able to use a reporter that didn't portray the often overkilled one side bias that plauges most of the reports we see in today's media, he asked the questions to support both views. I found the video captivating and enlightening, thanx.

    paul -- you're very welcome. i'm glad you liked today's documentary.

    Mona Mlejnek wrote on Monday, November 8th:
    On the documentary, "Witness to Execution"

    I found the film today to be disturbing. I have to amit that if it was my child or family member that was murdered and tortured I too would want the offender dead. However, looking in from the outside you have to wonder how fair the death penalty actually is. Perhaps if this form of punishment was fool proof I would feel differently. You can't ignore that fact that since the introduction of DNA evidence a great deal of inmates on death row have been released. To me it is extremely scary that innocent men are dying for crimes they didn't commit. You also can't ignore that there are no wealthy people on death row. As I stated in class I think that it is horrible that mentally challenged individual are being held to the same standards as mentally competant offenders. Mentally challenged individuals are give special provision in every aspect of society, why should the law be any different? Sorry so long a comment.

    mona -- the death penalty and the mentally ill is a hot topic and then add race/ethnicity into the picture!



    Mona Mlejnek wrote on Wednesday, November 10th:
    On the death penalty

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed todays class discussion on capital punishment. Even though we all didn't necessarily agree with one another I feel we all did a great job of listening and respecting eachothers points of view on a very touchy subject. It's nice to be in a class where we are encouraged to share our personal feelings and thoughts instead of being "talked at."

    mona -- yes, the class discussion went well, except that i wished that everyone had participated.

    Nicole Brooks wrote on Thursday, November 11th:
    On the death penalty

    I really enjoyed class on wednesday. I think that we had a great discussion based upon the movie that we watched in class. I think that I would have to agree with what Mona had said in class that we are punishing people for their crimes by killing them most of the people being sentenced to death are killers are we are punishing them because killing is wrong but then we turn around and kill them. That doesnt make sense to me. A life for a life? I am totally against the death penalty just because their are so many flaws in our criminal justice system.

    nicole -- i'm glad. are you interested in researching this topic further as a creative measure?



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