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Week of November 14, 2004

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Sunday, November 14, 2004, Walter Kukawski wrote:
    On the documentary, "The Farm"

    The video The Farm I thought was a great video that talked about inmates and their crimes. What I liked most about it was that even though these men are considered high risk offenders they seemed that they cared about one another and they are doing something with their lives inside the walls of Angola.

    walter -- good. i'm glad you enjoyed this documentary. how does "the farm" relate to this week's focus on "special populations?"

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 365 : Race, Crime & Law

    Paul Kehrli wrote on Monday, November 15th:
    On policing

    I wanted to respond to one of shala's comments today, about how upper class neigborhoods have just as much crime, and that police only mess with minority neigborhoods. I brought this same subject up to one of the officers I ride with. It's simple, you have more police in areas that recieve more calls. The lower class neighborhoods simply get more reports of crime. The budget committee is not going to approve of stashing more officers in places where there isn't as much reported crime.

    paul -- but is that the only factor -- the number of calls? what other factors are taken into account when it comes to patrolling certain areas of a city?



    Kevin Gabbey wrote on Monday, November 15th:
    On the Kenosha police shooting

    I wanted to make a comment about the discussion in class today. It is easy for us to sit back and analyze the shooting that occurred in Kenosha for hours, days and weeks. We have the luxury of being able to do that, and being able to look at every aspect of the situation and say "well he should have done this," or "why didn't' he do that?" Unfortunately the officers involved did not have that luxury. The decision had to be made in just a few seconds whether or not the offender was going to take the weapon from the officer and be able shoot both officers in just a few seconds. It was the offenders choice to drive drunk that night. It was his choice to resist the officers and to fight with them; and it was his choice to try to disarm the officer which lead to him being shot and unfortunatly being killed.

    kevin -- your point is well taken.

    Sarah Hendrickson wrote on Friday, November 19th:
    On Thomas' creative measure

    i just wanted to comment on thomas' creative measure- it was very interesting to see how much passion was put into his measure. With the discussion of creative measures by students- especially 'previous takata students' helps me more to understand what exactly to do and/or what you expect out of these creative measures. so hopefully next semester i will have a better grip and understanding of what a creative measure is and how deep to get into it.

    sarah -- i appreciate your comments. it's still not too late to present your creative measures to the class.



    April Puryear wrote on Friday, November 19th:
    On Judge Barry's guest lecture

    Judge Dennis Barry gave a very interesting and informative presentation on the judicial process. When dealing with juvenile concerns he mentioned that parental influence and education played a big factor of a youth going through the cj system. I thought it was interesting when he also mentioned that he would give a juvenile who has two parents living in the household a harsher disposition, than those who live in a one parent household. The reasoning behind this was because that youth should have a stronger family structure/support system and should be able to make better choices. To me it just seems like the other way around. Many minority juveniles (especially African American youth) live in single parent households and stats show that minority youth are detained in detention centers more and are admitted to state adult prisons more.

    april -- first of all thank you for arranging to have the judge come speak to our class. and thanks for the report!

    Sarah Hendrickson wrote on Friday, November 19th:
    On Judge Barry's guest lecture

    i really enjoyed the guest speaker judege dennis barry. he was really informative and had views that i really didnt think a judge would have. he spoke about how there are things in the system are a bit messed up but on top of that he offered s few suggestions that could change it or things other cities and counties are doing to fix things. for example he was talking about children breaking into a school and getting caught. the parents arent home and no where to be found and there is not much else to do but take them to jail. judge barry said that in green bay they are trying to implement a drop off center instead and thought that was a good idea to implement in other cities too. thanks to april for inviting this guest speaker.

    sarah -- glad you liked the guest lecture. can you tell me why you didn't think judges had those kinds of ideas and thoughts?

    Mona Mlejnek wrote on Sunday, November 21st:
    On Judge Barry's guest lecture

    I just wanted to say that i really enjoyed the guest speaker that April brought in on Friday. It was interesting listening to a judges point of view on issues such as juvenile delinquency and race and crime. He was even able to help me a little on my creative measure. Good job to April!!!

    mona -- good! we'll talk about this in class.

    Marissa Schoen wrote on Sunday, November 21st:
    On Judge Barry's guest lecture

    Just wanted to say that I enjoyed Judge Barry's presentation during Friday's class. I didn't really know much about judges before, and he shared some interesting information, such as judicial rotation, the five court divisions, and goals of the court. A few students had some really great questions about how he would handle certain race issue situations, whether he takes family background into consideration and so on.

    marissa -- good!



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