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  • From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Monday, March 10, 2003, Ryan Fornal wrote:
    On rehabilitation

    Today in class when we were discussing "Rehabilitation" and whether it works or not, I feel that it does in fact NOT work. From the videos in class where the prison officials state directly on tape that it doesn't work to internet sites on yahoo that I have searched showing that it does not work. My theory behind this would be to offer the rehabilitation programs for youthful offenders and try to straighten them out at a young age. If you are an adult on the other hand and commit a crime at that stage in your life, then you surely knew better, were aware of the possible risks/outcomes involved, etc... and should not be granted the possibility of rehabilitation. You should be forced to serve your given sentence.

    ryan -- an interesting approach, but are you saying that if you are an adult and you do something wrong, we're not investing money in any rehab programs for you? we're just going to pour money into programs for youthful offenders only/ why?

    On Monday, March 10, 2003, Chrissy Knox wrote:
    On rehabilitation

    I really do not think that rehabilitation works all the time. I think that if rehabilitation is going to work, the person has to want to change. I also think that in the prison setting, they are trying to rehabilitate everyone in the same way. Each individual is different and unique in their own way. The same strategy is not going to work on everyone.

    chrissy -- but, how costly would individualized treatment be? want to research this topic?

    On Monday, March 10, 2003, Krista Lindemann wrote:
    On rehabilitation

    I would like to reply back to Chrissy's lecture commentary today. I think rehabilitation should be used in our prison systems today. I do agree that rehabilitation will only work if the criminal is willing and wanting to change. However, if we don't try something to help them while they are in prison, then when they are released back into society, they will be more violent and commit more crimes. If we don't try rehabilitation, what is the purpose of prisons? Just to lock up the criminal for numerous years, make the individual mad, and then release them back into society? I think it is at least worth a try to rehabilitate criminals.

    krista -- that is an important question -- what's the purpose of prison, then?

    On Thursday, March 13, 2003, Ryan Fornal wrote:
    On rehabilitation

    I would like to respond to Krista Lindermann's commentary from 3/10/03. I don't understand how anyone can be for rehabilitation in the adult prison system. First of all, do you really think that just because an inmate is being rehabilitated and then eventually released back into the community that he/she will not still be violent? After spending 5, 10, 15, or more years in prison even with rehabilitation, that inmate is going to be furious, regardless of trying to be rehabilitated, for having to spend that length of time in prison. To answer her question, what is the purpose of prison, prisons are built to keep the criminals segregated from our general society in order to prevent future crimes from occuring and to deter other people who might be prone to criminal activity by showing them where they may end up.

    ryan -- there are a variety reasons and purposes for prison. you might want to research rehabilitation to find out what works.

    On Tuesday, March 11th, Kimberly With wrote:
    On rehabilitation

    WE talked about rehabilitation on monday, and whether or not it works. And i just find it interesting how some of these experts say it doesn't work, but they really never offer any way in which it could be fixed. And how can they say it doesn't work, there are people who are willing to change and want help, and end up responding to rehab. really well.

    kimberly -- yes, the rehabilitation debate can be a very frustrating one.

    On Wednesday, March 12, 2003, Matt Sherry wrote:
    On "The Second City"

    I wanted to say that the video is really interesting. Why does the L.A. County Jail look and act so much like a prison, but it's a jail?

    matt -- yes, it is a county jail. probably because it is so huge.

    On Wednesday, March 12, 2003, Erica Gavins wrote:
    On "The Second City"

    I noticed that in the video that the hispanics and the black inmates had little respect for the white inmates. When the hispanic, white and black inmates were being interviewed in the room, they spoke over the white inmate to each other. Even when the interviewer asked the question of where do the whites sit and eat, the hispanic guy kind of laughed and said that they get in where ever they can.

    erica -- why do you think this dynamic was going on between groups?

    On Wednesday, March 12, 2003, Lindsay Weinstein wrote:
    On "The Second City"

    The movie that we watched in class on the L.A. county jail really opened up my eyes to the fact that we are in great need of more correctional officers in the system. I was amazed at the fact that not only were 700 inmates brought to the jail every night, but also that there were only 3-4 deputies per every 200 inmates!

    lindsay -- yes, los angeles county jail is a massive operation!

    On Friday, March 14, 2003, Chrissy Knox wrote:
    On "Presumed Innocent"

    I really enjoyed the film "Presumed Innocence. It is funny because 1979 seems like so far away, when in reality it is not. If the problems were already that bad, I can't imagine what they are today. I thought the detox they gave the inmates was disgusting. How are they supposed to get better in conditions like that?

    chrissy -- it might be interesting to find out what present-day rikers island is like and have there been any improvements?

    From CRMJ/SOCA 365: Race, Crime and Law

    Zach Alpert wrote on Monday, March 10th:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    I wanted you to know that I really enjoyed the movie today in class (m 3/10). The movie shed a lot of light on the topic on the abuse Native Americans have had to endure since the conception of this country. I never knew of the seige and the largest internal military actions within the US since the civil war. Though I am not Native American, I side with their ideals and I could empathize with their struggle. . . .

    Heather Schultz wrote on Tuesday, March 11th:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    Yesterday when watching the video on Crazy Horse, Kennedy popped into my head on how he discusses the fact that when we leave minority groups alone, we are only doing more damage and causing more problems. When the Government ignored the Pine Ridge reservation and turned all of the non-traditional Indians to the city, they caused a huge problem of poverty and crime. They had no protection and the protection they needed didn't come from those to are designed to "protect and serve"

    Roberta Prescott wrote on Tuesday, March 11th:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    In class on Monday (Race,Crime&Law) we watched "The Spirit of Crazy Horse". I found it very interesting how the Native Americans had to fight for their own land in their own territory. In many situations society always see African American vs.Caucasians, the film made viewpoints on how all ethnic groups have encountered racism. I have always heard of how Native Americans were mistreated but, never really saw the whole concept of it. I think the film brought out alot of hidden reality checks that were not brought to the table before.

    zach, heather and roberta -- we will be viewing the conclusion on wednesday. if you're interested in reading up on this subject, i recommend dee brown's bury my heart at wounded knee.

    Kimberly With wrote on Tuesday, March 11th:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    I thought the movie we watched was really informative, and i'm glad i got the chance to watch it. I am surprised about all of the things i didn't know that we as society did to the native americans. It was a very upsetting movie, i wish all that stuff had never happened. Definately an eye opener

    kimberly -- why is it that people are unaware of the Native American experiences and history?

    Kendra Schnorenberg wrote on Wednesday, March 12th:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    I would like to say that the video was very interesting and I do not think there is anything but the land that is ableto repay Native Americans. Money is not the answer. It is sad, very sad, and I am not sure of the solution.

    kendra -- yes, the land is so much a part of their culture and peoplehood. i wonder if there is a more recent attempt to return the land t them.

    On Thursday, March 13th, Ryan Fornal wrote:
    On "The Spirit of Crazy Horse"

    After reading over many of the other commentaries on the Indian Video, I would have to agree with everyone thus far. I feel that what has happened to the Indians would be considered a "rather cruel and unusual sort of punishment" for the mere fact that they were forced to give up their land. What our founding fathers did to obtain this land was unethical and downright cruel. I don't feel that the Indians should have to do any sort of negotiating to obtain "their" land back, or settle for some ridiculous amount (somewhere along the lines of $122,000,000). The Indians should be returned their entitled land as well as be compensated financially for the troubles in which they have had to endure over the years.

    ryan -- why isn't the land returned? what did you think of bill bradley's proposal? did that make sense?

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 352: Law and Social Change

    On Tuesday, March 11th, Adam DeFord wrote:
    On legacy admissions

    In class yesterday we talked about harvard's practice of legacys. I believe that not only will that promote racial discrimination, it will be bad socioeconomically. If the rich keep going to harvard reguardless of intelligence, they will continue to be rich, and poor people who are intelligent may never get the opprotunity the deserve. Sorry so long

    adam --- yes, it does perpetuate advantages over and over again.

    On Tuesday, March 11th , Mohammad Farhan wrote:
    On legacy admissions

    I read the commentaries and I just have one comment about the Harvard Issue. That is the people who get the best job and future opportunities are the rich white people who go to big name schools like Harvard and that isn't right because there are very smart and educated people in smaller Universities.

    mohammad -- want to research to confirm that the smaller universities produce creative people?

    On Monday, March 10th, Heidi Schneider wrote:
    On Derrick Bell's second response

    Dear Ms. Schneider: Please. My story is allegorical. It is not an actual statute or was I proposing it as such. Rather, I wanted to make the point that those prone to discrimination when it does not cost them anything, might be more reluctant if they had a chance to discriminate openly at a cost. Money seems to trump racism in many situations. That is my point, one not easily acknowledged in many sectors. Sincerely, Derrick Bell

    heidi -- what do you think of derrick bell's latest response?

    On Wednesday, March 12th, Amanda Boyd wrote:
    On anarchist criminology

    I think that anarchist criminology is similar to prophetic criticism in the sense that they both reject the criminal justice system of the capitalist society, and believe in the good of humanity. I like that anarchist criminology takes in to account the social factors thay may have led a criminal to be delinquent. Maybe if we fix their social conditions, then we can reduce crime.

    amanda -- a good idea to compare theories. which one do you prefer? why.