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  • Student Name: CRMJ/SOCA 233 - Criminology, CRMJ/SOCA 363 Corrections, CRMJ/SOCA 365 Race, Crime, Law

    For All UWP classes:

    On Tuesday, October 8, 2002, Joey Zauner wrote:
    On site visits

    hello my name is joey zauner and i am in your 11:00-11:50 corrections class. i was wondering when some site visits are going to be arranged because i would like to go on some.thanks

    hi! joey, good question. i've been so busy with the first rols and a few other things that i haven't had a chance to get them all organized. i will start making calls this week!

    special note: site visits for racine county jail, the kenosha county detention center and the racine youth offender center have all been scheduled.

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Heather Schultz wrote:
    On site visits

    how long is the site visit?

    heather -- a good question. they are usually 1-2 hours long. i know RCI will be longer than 2 hours probably.

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Chrissy Knox wrote:
    On site visits

    I would like to go on the site visit to the Racine County Jail. Will it cost anything, and are we carpooling or meeting there?

    chrissy -- it doesn't cost anything. we can probably arrange for carpools, especially to the racine county jail because it's downtown.

    On Tuesday, October 8, 2002, Tim Mostowik wrote:
    On how to do website reviews

    how would i do a web site review what does it involve.

    tim -- because so many have asked recently, i thought i'd add my response to your question on the lecture commentaries. first of all, find a website that might be of interest to the rest of the class that is related to the focus of this course. the web site review questions are linked to my class page, under "forms for all uwp classes". answer the questions at the web resources site. some questions may not have answers but try to look through the website that you're reviewing as thoroughly as possible. Turn in your answers in hard copy. I will read your review and will probalby add comments and questions in my margin. When I return your review to you, then you can email your answers to my questions.

    On xxxday, September xx, 2002, xxx wrote:



    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Monday, October 7, 2002, Michelle Sims wrote:
    On the Amber Alert

    I think the theory of this idea is great. The policy is one that sounds like it might work, but I am not for sure that the practice of this idea will actually bring back children.

    michelle -- why don't you think it will work in practice? didnt the amber alert help to rescue the two girls in california?

    On Saturday, October 12, 2002, DeAira Kennemer wrote:
    On the Amber Alert

    I would like to commet on the Amber Alert, and on your question to Michelle Sims on the commentary you asked her why dont she thinks the amber alert might not work in practice, because it worked in california. I think the theroy is good also, but what if the person who took the children is on foot. what if people have the mind set to mind their on buisness. Alexis Patterson is still missing. and that was on the news forever.

    deaira -- would if wisconsin would have had the technology immediately after patterson was discovered missing, maybe she wouldn't still be missing?

  • On Tuesday, October 8, 2002, Jennifer Kruesel wrote:
    On the human behavior assessment form

    On Monday we got into groups and discussed the five situations. In our group we talked about them and if their were acceptable or not. Everyone in my group thought all of those were unacceptable and gave them a 10. Me on the other hand had given them lower numbers. I think that they should be unacceptable, but i think that because most of those situations happen all the time I don't think that some of them were that big of deal.

    jennifer -- we will be discussing in class on wednesday what all this agreeing and disagreeing relates to criminology. it is a good example of Durkheim's concept of anomie (normlessness).

    On Wednesday, October 9th, Bettie Poole wrote:
    On the human behavior assessment form

    Comment on the class survey on monday. I realize it is difficult to get a consensus when students are relucting to give in. It is so hard to argue your claim and someone determines with a close mind, not to consider the other person point of view. I do understand no one should be persuaded, neither force, to agreed if they do not desire. We all are aware all exercises are morally wrong!

    bettie -- wasn't this form a good demonstration of durkheim's concept of "anomie" (normlessness), especially when consensus is difficult to reach?

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Caroline Zires wrote:
    On the human behavior assessment form

    I just wanted to comment on the human behavior assessment form groups. I think a lot of people were pretty harsh while judging these behaviors. for some reason i thought people would be a lot more open minded when it comes to situations like this. especially the abortion issue, i think it's not right for us to judge something like this because it is a very personal issue. we will never know what it is like to be put in this situation unless we go through it ourselves.

    caroline -- maybe durkheim was correct in that as we moved from simple society to a more complex society, it is more difficult to have normative consensus; therefore much anomie. what do you think?

    On Thursday, October 10, 2002, Jessie DuBois wrote:
    On Durkheim's normality of crime

    I find it really disturbingly true that there is a normality of crime. For example, our whole world would be turned around if we didn't have all those jobs related to crime. It seems a little sad.

    jessie -- if crime is everywhere, it might be a challenge to research which society has the least crime and why?

    On Thursday, October 10, 2002, Nick Galvan wrote:
    On Merton's anomie theory

    Hello. This is NIck Galvan I 'm in yout criminology course that meets on M,W,F 10-10:50. I have a question about the assingment thats for class tomorrow. In Q three, you ask for 4 modes of adaptation, but there are 5 modes, conformity, innovation, ritualism, retreatism, and rebellion. Which one are we suppose to leave out? I must have missed that in class or something. Can you please get back to me on that. thank you.

    nick -- you're correct. there are five modes of adaptation. oddly enough, you're the first one to email on this. but in class, we did discuss all five. thanks for letting me know.

    On Friday, October 11, 2002, Krista Lindemann wrote:
    On Merton's anomie theory

    Just another example of the 5 modes of adaptation. I thought of the example of church. Conformity: goes to church for their spiritual welfare Innovation: wants to go to church, but doesn't want to live like a Christian--is a lier, harmful, stealer, etc Ritualist: goes to church just because his parents make him-- he follows the ways of a Christian just for the parents sake. Retreatist: isn't concerned about his spiritual life at all--doesn't attend churvh or follow Christian ways of life. Rebellion: those who worship the devil or are part of church hater groups. How do these sound? Am I on the right track?

    krista -- that sounds pretty good. wonder if others will find other social settings to apply Merton's theory to.

    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    Dennis Penza wrote on Tuesday, October 8, 2002:
    On alternatives to imprisonment

    I know i'm researching on determining sentences, but i found something we were talking about in class relating to Alternatives for imprisonment. According to John Dvorak and Petterson of the Kansas City Star there are 3 things they're looking at. 1.Diverting offenders to community assistance programs 2.Reducing probation periods for drug felony crimes 3.increasing categories for criminals for community correction programs

    dennis -- do you think these suggestions work or are working? why. which one is the most promising alternative? why

    Michael Miller wrote on Tuesday, October 8, 2002:
    On "Quiet Rage" documentary

    To me the movie doesn't fit with theory, pol &pract. The system seems to be out of order in the movie, but it was a exp. Practice should not include forcing someone to hug another inmate.

    michael -- if the correctional system is not working, then how do we fix it? why.

    Anel Garza wrote on Wednesday, October 9, 2002:
    On reactions to "Hard Time"

    I was thinking about what the inmates said in the film and it reminded me of a film I watched in Restorative Justice. After taking watching these kinds of videos it just makes me think that the prisons are all wrong. If I could change something it would be the fact that if that inmates are going to be released let's say in about a year or two then we should really concentrate on them. If anything make a new facility to move them to so that they can practice what they are taught. How are they going to be taught to be patient per say then throw them back into a cell with other inmates that they have to fight with? It doesn't make sense they cant practice what they are being taught. Even in the video they stated that they are angry and mad, how are we going to release these people when we have just added to the fire?

    anel -- you raise many critical questions to a very complex problem. maybe if we begin to change in smaller steps, the enormity of the problem might not seem so overwhelming. what do you think?

    Julia Starr wrote on Wednesday, October 8, 2002:
    On reactions to "Hard Time"

    just wanted to comment about the video today. after reading hassein and now seeing this, im afraid to think of whats going on in prison today, october 2002. if they were that bad in 1980- i dont even want to imagine what is really happening behind its walls as we speak.

    julia -- makes one wonder, doesn't it? and it's awfully disturbing, too.

    Jackie Marolt wrote on Thursday, October 10, 2002:
    On reactions to "Hard Time"

    I think that the movie hard time was true in the facts compared with the Life w/o Parole, and the dilemmas of corrections. The movie talked about how gangs couldn't be controlled and Life w/o said the same thing. The text book talked about how the guards told the inmates that they should fight back and the movie said that they could not be soft. I thought the movie was good.

    jackie -- a good idea to compare and contrast this documentary with the readings. are you interested in researching prison gangs?

    Nikki Rosa wrote on Thursday, October 10, 2002:
    On reactions to "Hard Time"

    I found this documentary very intresting and it made me think....When that guy said he had to be someone other than ourselve because they mistake kindness for weakness.....i believe that relates to more than just prison the world sometimes we have to be hard and tough to survive and be something we are not so others dont take advantage of i related that back to how the host asked if prisons are a refecltion of our society?...and the more and more i think about it prison is a reflection on our society ...and this is a very frightening thought......

    nikki -- yes, it is a frightening thought. you might be interested in reading Irwin and Austin's Imprisonment Binge

    On xxxday, September xx, 2002, xxx wrote:



    From CRMJ/SOCA 365: Race, Crime and Law

    On Monday, October 6, 2002, Tim Mostowik wrote:
    On Monday's pop quiz

    today we talked about the discussion questions that were due and also had a quiz on them. i think that a lot of people did the assingnment but didnt understand question 3 all that well and didnt do good on the quiz and were a little upset about it because they did the work but didnt understand the question fully so that hurt them on the quiz.

    tim -- i appreciate your feedback and i have heard from at least two other students. prior to monday's class, i think i only received not more than 3 emails from students asking questions about the discussion questions. why didn't others communicate questions?

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Shawna Lehmann wrote:
    On affirmative action

    After reading cht.6 of walker I think we shoud talk as a class about the question raised on pg.118 #6. That really sparks my interest!

    shawna -- hopefully students reading the commentary page will look up this question and will be prepared to discuss this issue. remind me in class when we cover this chapter.

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Sarah Rekenthaler wrote:
    On Bush and War

    I just wanted to say that I agreed with Amy and Espiranza when they were talking about Bush and the war. I agree that he has gone to far and there's no other way for him to go about it, other than violence. And I also agree that he's not paying attention to anything domestic.

    sarah -- let's see if others will join in on this discussion so we can get other viewpoints as well.

    On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Tracy Blauser wrote:
    On Milwaukee mob violence and Randall Kennedy's book

    Just saw the news-Kennedy is so right about underprotection. Milwaukee-neighborhood where Young was killed, street lights (12) were either shot out or wires cut, 30 cars abondoned cars have been condemned. Did it take a mob killing to get attention? Also related to Mil.- article in paper- the lack of supervision that allowed that to happen is because of effort to put single parent families to work, drug policies their fathers in prison. (I have stats based on poverty and race if you would like)

    tracy -- i didn't catch this the other night because i got interrupted. thanks for reminding me. yes, i'd like to see the statistics.

    On Friday, October 11, 2002, Kenyette Austin wrote:
    On race relations: Better or worse?

    Back to the ques. in class when you asked is race/ ethnic relations better or worse in the US. I feel that it is better in a way. Every since Sept. 11th I believe that our nation has learned to appreciate and respect each other more.

    kenyette -- how would you then explain the "racial profiling" that is going on with Arab Americans?

    On Friday, October 11, 2002, Tim Mostowik wrote:
    On race relations: Better or worse?

    today we talked a little bit about whether race relations has gotten better or not. i think that it has gotten better but there is still a lot of problems that are not that easily seen like others. little things like not hiring a person because of their color or getting pulled over because of your color.

    tim -- what might be an example of how things have gotten better?