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    On Tuesday, April 8th Anel Garza wrote:
    On the Ellsworth Site Visit


    anel -- yes, i was pleased with this morning's site visit. and i also liked how we were able to interact with the ladies from "Back on Track" throughout our tour of the facility. That has never happened before! Be sure to do a debriefing.

    On Tuesday, April 8th, Sarah Galewski wrote:
    On the Ellsworth Site Visit

    I thought that todays site visit to Ellsworth Correctional Institution was very good. Those women had very good and interesting stories to tell and I learned a lot on how the system can rehabilitate inmates if the imates want to be like these women. I asked the women that told her story first about what her family's thoughts were on her being in prison and what she did. She told me that she is lucky and her family supports her and hopes that she can come home soon. She also told me that her mom visits her all the time and that she has a 10 year old son and she can not believe what he goes through every day and she is sorry for that. It was a very educational site visit and different compaired to the mens prisons. Sorry for it being so long!!

    sarah -- good! i'm glad. be sure to do a debriefing early enough so that we can dialogue afterwards.

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Adam DeFord wrote:
    On the Ellsworth Site Visit

    I thought that the site visit to Elsworth was very good. It seemed like the members of the panel truely self examinted themselves and came to their own conclusion to change thier lifestyle. I wonder how the rest of the population is though

    adam -- that's a good question -- how these ladies compare with the average inmate there. be sure to do a debriefing.

    On Thursday, April 10th, Jessica Goodson wrote:
    On the Ellsworth Site Visit

    In the begining of the semester I was e-mailing you about how I didn't think that rehabilitation worked and that prisoners need to do the time for their crime. After attending the ellsworth site visit, I learned that rehabilitation can work for those who are serious about it. I thought it was great that we were able to communicate with the prisoners on this visit. I learned that most of the prisoners were in there for non-violent crimes and it surprised me that they had such long sentences. This site visit made me realize how grateful I am for the small things I can do like wear make up and shave my legs. Thank you,

    jessica -- you're very welcome! it seems that what we study in books are different than what we observe during a site visit. be sure to do a debriefing.

    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Monday, April 7th Krista Lindemann wrote:
    On prisoner re-entry

    In reaction to the prisoner reentry handout in class, I wasn't shocked to find out the rate of diminishing rehabilitaion programs. However, I think that society needs to do something about these criminals who are locked up behind bars. We just expect them to return to society and act normal and not to commit crimes. But, we don' t offer, or offer very little, rehabilitation and then don't offer them jobs and make their transition back into society a hard one. I agree that they have committed a crime and need to pay the price and that we shouldn't give them handouts, but then we shouldn't grip about the rates of re-entry if we are not doing something to help them when they return to society.

    krista -- a real dilemma, huh? no easy solutions to a complex problem.

    On Monday, April 7, 2003, Jaime Wincek wrote:
    On prisoner re-entry

    in todays dicussion when you mentioned about rehabilitation and it doesnt work but i feel that we need to attempt it so that society feels safer when they get out since there is 95% will get out.

    jaime -- yes, some say that "nothing works!" but i agree with you -- some rehab programs do work and we need to find ways to find more that do work.

    On Monday, April 7, 2003, Lindsay Weinstein wrote:
    On prisoner re-entry

    In regards to our class discussion, I think that it is unfair for employers to discrimite against those who check the "have you ever been convicted of a felony" box. For one, they are at least being truthful, and also, if the 93% of freed inmates were never given the chance to start fresh, then what would be the point of rehabilitation and serving time for their actions in the first place? I feel that if they have paid their dues, it is unfair to discriminate against them, especially in a way that would ultimately help them to get back on the right track.

    lindsay -- if prisoners have paid their dues, then why does the stigma persist?

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Marquan Crawford wrote:
    On the Angola prison documentary

    i was just e-mailing you about the movie that i saw in the corrections class angolia i think that movie was good and kind of emotional esspecially with the porole board thing i feel that it is hard to be a porole board member because if there is evidence showing that a person is inoccent it would make a decission very hard to make i feel that those people who are working for the porole board are very heartless people i was just e-mailing you on a class event thank you.

    marquan -- yes, that is one of the more difficult scenes to watch in the documentary but what amazes me more than anything is that the parole board allowed itself to be filmed like that.

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Chrissy Knox wrote:
    On the Angola prison documentary

    I was really appalled by the parole board in the film. When that one gut was trying to get parole, they did not even care what he was saying. And I couldn't believe the whispers between the board members. "Of course he did it". I just thought that it was ridiculous.

    chrissy -- yes, it does make you wonder where is the justice, doesn't it?

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Scott Nichols wrote:
    On the Angola prison documentary

    I was wondering about the movie we started today... It was very disturbing to see that the parole board made their decision before they even talked to the inmate. I was also wondering do parole boards talk to victims all the time before they meet with an inmate?

    scott -- victims do get some say so, especially since the victim rights movement. want to research parole board decisionmaking?

    On Wednesday, April 9, 2003, Lindsay Weinstein wrote:
    On the documentary on Angola prison

    I enjoyed the first half of "The Farm". I was surprised to find out that while 93% of prisoners nationwide will be released at some point, 85% of Angola's inmates will end up dying in there. Watching this documentary reminded me of "Holes" in the sense that the boys from the book and the inmates of Angola were treated like slaves. Their labor was not simply to teach discipline and to rehabilitate, but for the prison and the warden's own personal benefit.

    lindsay -- yes, it appears the inmates in Angola are pretty much stuck there doing lots of time.

    On Thursday, april 10, 2003, Tracy Blauser wrote:
    On the documentary about Angola prison

    Susan, something that struck me from the film, It was built on an old plantation, but much has changed. it gave statistics-in 1997 75%of new inmates were black. Alarming.

    tracy -- yes, that is an alarming figure, isn't it?

    On Saturday, April 12, 2003, Brian Schildbach wrote:
    On the Angola prison documentary

    The wrap up of the video was sad. For one learning CPR in prison what is the point if they are not getting out? The one inmate went to a school to preach to students, because it is easy to slip up, the most outside time this guy has seen in years. The quit Bishop who all of a sudden when he preaches is in control and inspirational. The inmate dying of lung cancer dies and his family doesn't understand why he wanted to be buried by his friends. The death room, training run through for the leathel injection the one inmate received. The warden making his Christmas rounds. It seems in that prison there are race issues, however the inmates seemed like they were treated well. I guess my point is the video depicts prison life very well and also shows some injustices. Definitley keep it in the curriculum.

    brian -- thanks! i appreciate your review of the documentary. by the way, i don't think during the lethal injection "rehearsal" that that was an inmate. looked like a prison guard to me.

    On Saturday, April 12, 2003, Amber Hansen wrote:
    On the Angola prison documentary

    The video "Angola"(if spelled correctly), was very depressing and emotionally moving. I was touched by the inmates and their state of mind and hearts with their fellow elder inmate "bones". Their state of mind seemed to be out of the prison world and in touch with the closure inside. I also thought it was pretty crappy that they practice the day before an execution, I'm sure that man or women must feel just wonderful( hint my sarcasm). Those in prison are human just as anyone else in society, it really ticks me off that society is blind and ignores these humans, because of a fault in their life.

    amber -- thanks for the review of "angola". want to research what's going on at angola today?

    From CRMJ/SOCA 365: Race, Crime and Law

    Lindsay Weinstein wrote on Sunday, April 6th:
    On winners

    I enjoyed the "winners-real winners" activity that we did in class. I decided to see how many answers from "the winners" my friends and family knew and was not surprised to find that they knew little. When it came to the second sheet, again there was no surprise that it was much easier to answer. It is so true that we consume our lives with things that seem entertaining at the time, but at one point are sure to be forgotten. If our favorite actor or sports team wins it is almost as if we win, but that satisfaction doesn't last forever. This is where a lot of our competitive nature comes from and maybe if we could all focus on what rreally counts, we would ultimately be much happier.

    lindsay -- interesting observations. does make us wonder what is important and what is not, doesn't it?

    Kendra Schnorenberg wrote on Wednesday, April 9th:
    On "Witness to Execution"

    I thought today's movie was very interesting to watch, but we always talk about the disproportionate numbers of minorities on death row... almost every single person portrayed and interviewed in that film was white!

    kendra -- several were latinos.

    Erin Matsunaga wrote on Wednesday, April 9th:
    On "Witness to Execution"

    I thought that the film shown in class today was so interesting. It was kind of disturbing to see the people in the video and then know that soon after, they were executed. I'm not sure if anyone else felt this way, but it was kind of relieving to see that they used lethal injection instead of the electric chair. I heard that the electric chair is horrible because sometimes they don't die right away and they have to do it again, is that true or just a rumor?

    erin -- in florida, they quit using the electric chair because it kept short circuiting and that was considered "cruel and unusual punishment." want to research the electric chair and/or gas chamber?

    Heidi Schneider wrote on Thursday, April 10th:
    On "Witness to Execution"

    About the film in class i think it is interesting how the public opinion on the death penalty has risen but the media coverage of the executions as gone down. I do not think the death penalty is a deterant for future criminals but i do think if they had more media coverage on the actual executions fewer people would be in favor of the death penalty. When people see who is dying and hear the stories they feel more connected. I think that as of right now with the coverage being so low their is no connection and that is why the death penalty continues.

    heidi -- why do you think that there is little media coverage these days?

    Jessie DuBois wrote on Thursday, April 10th:
    On "Witness to Execution"

    I was really moved by the video shown on wednesday. I used to be a supporter of capital punishment but have recently been up in the air about the issue. This video led me to be more against it. I found a couple of things said very disturbing. The first one was when the priest said that when he is ever able to get over an execution he will quit. I think maybe if those in favor of the death penalty were actually aware of the hurt and uncertainty of guilt involved they might be less likely to be for it. The second comment was by the man in the cafe who said, "I think we should have public hangings again." I think he wouldn't feel the same way if it was his son or relative was being puished so inhumanly. It just blows me away that the public is so able to "get over" all the state sanctioned killings.

    jessie -- it is a very hot topic! we'll be discussing this in class. want to research this as a creative measure?

    On Friday, April 11th, Pleschette Robinson wrote:
    On "Witness to Execution"

    I pleschette Robinson thought that the death penalty shouldn't have played a role in marie marqez sentence due to his mentality of a seven yr. old. He should have been in a house for the mentally disabled. He may not understood what he was really in for as far as being put to death.

    pleschette -- the mentally ill and the death penalty is a very hot topic these days. want to research it?

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 352: Law and Social Change

    On Tuesday, April 8th, Heidi Schneider wrote:
    On the two Japanese-American documentaries

    After watching the films in class i was thinking about The comparrison of minorites. I don't think i really saw any negative depictions of Asian americans durning that film, when ever we watched the films on Native americans and even Latinos i noticed there was at least one part that focussed on the negative steriotypes or negative aspects of the minorities. I just think it's intresting when you talk about the "model minority"

    heidi --- some of the Japanese Americans' actions can be described by the "numbers, " (so few), by their lack of political power, by their cultural background (i.e., "don't rock the boat", "it can't be helped," persevere). want to research the "model minority" stereotype as a creative measure?

    On Tuesday, April 8th , Shawna Lehmann wrote:
    On the two Japanese-American documentaries

    The two brief documentaries we watched were very interesting due to the fact they utalized art to express their feelings and sequence of events during WW 2. To bad I can't draw, I would show how this war is emotionally disturbing right now!

    shawna -- yes, it was interesting how they used art to depict the pre-, during and post-World War II lifestyle of the Japanese Americans. you can draw -- just try it!

    On Tuesday, April 8th , Kenyette Austin wrote:
    On the two Japanese-American documentaries

    I noticed how in the video these 2 men were determined to do the number one thing they loved. When they tried to take art away from them they found a way to continue on doing it.

    kenyette -- they were very creative about finding ways to continue their art work.

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Jason Hagensick wrote:
    On Chaos Theory and the Model Minority

    I was thinking about the shows that asian americans are and i just saw a commercial for one that depicts an asian american and a caucasian male and it's called Invinsible Monk or something like that. I also think that with the chaos theory and the stereotype of the "Model Minority" they go together. Being a model is a good thing but being a minority isn't all it's cracked up to be. But asians in this country don't really want to be put on a pedistal because then you can't be like everyone else.

    jason -- i haven't seen that commercial but i'll be on the look out for it. yes, the concept "model minority" is a curious one, isn't it? want to research it further?

    On Wednesday, April 9th, Kim Dexter wrote:
    On Chaos Theory

    Of all the theories we've talked about so far, chaos theory makes the most sense. There needs to be disorder in order for there to be order, otherwise, how would "order" be defined. Nobody likes crime, crime is bad. But...crime is functional. Because of crime, unpredictability, and disorder, all of us CJ majors will have jobs some day.

    kim -- perhaps chaos theory captures the complexities of the social world best?

    On Friday, April 11th, Amanda Boyd wrote:
    On Chaos Theory

    I was just wondering if chaos theory would be considered an outlet of structural-functionalist theory. It sounds like chaos theory is just simply saying that a minimal amount of crime or deviance is needed in society and serves as a valuable function in society. Without deviance we'd have no measuring bar for what's good and bad, and not to mention a lot less job opportunities.

    amanda -- an excellent observation! it does sound like structural functionalism at times, doesn't it? chaos theory also reminds me of lewis coser's the function of conflict, too.