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Week 11 -- Holes - Middle
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 11: Week of November 9, 2003

  • Topic: Holes

  • Preparatory Readings and Other Materials:
    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 35-36
    --- Sachar. Holes. ch. 27-36.
    --- Juvenile Justice: Annotations on Holes

  • Lectures/Discussions: in class

  • Concepts:

    • juvenile justice system
    • gangs
    • boot camp

  • Discussion Questions:

    1. Compare and contrast the formal structure and the informal structure of Camp Green Lake in terms of survival? in terms of "inmate-guard" relations?
    2. From a correctional perspective, what is the purpose of digging holes? Why. What does this tell us about correctional "theory, policy, and practice"? Why.
    3. What role does race and ethnic relations play in this book, so far? Why. How does this compare to Hassine's observations? Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • Research "what works?" for juveniles. In other words, what are today's most successful juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention programs? Why. How is success measured? Why.
    • Other books related to juvenile corrections and juvenile delinquency:
      --- Carl Hiaasen. Hoot.
      --- Will Hobbs. Downriver. (highly recommended by my kid but i haven't read it yet).
      --- Christopher Curtis. Bud, Not Buddy.
      --- Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl .
      --- Kimberly Holt. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
      --- Paul Beatty The White Boy Shuffle. [not children's literature]
    • A Creative Project with CSUDH students! Check out Visual Essays Project. If interested, let me know.

  • Recommended Readings:
    • Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
    • James Austin and John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.
    • Jeffery Reiman. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.

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