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Latest Update: March 6, 2003

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    Last Day to Drop Classes is Friday, March 14th


    "Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace."
    Charles Sumner (quote found by Zach Alpert)

    "Sometimes war may be a necessary evil, but we must remember, it is always an evil."
    Jimmy Carter (quote found by Amanda Boyd)

    "Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress."
    Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (quote found by Ryan Fornal)

    "Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing"
    Marie Chapian (quote found by Krista Lindemann)


    "You don't have to know the meaning of life to know that life has a meaning."
    Leonard Peltier (quote found by Kim Faulkner)




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    All UWP Classes, Announcements

    • Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class
    • new March 15th through March 23rd - Spring Break - No Classes
    • Friday, March 28th, 12 noon - 2nd Grid Form/ROL due

    • Criminal Justice Association News

      Check the Criminal Justice Department web page for future club announcement.

    All UWP Classes, Spring 2003 Report of Learning (ROL)



    Readings & Forms for All UWP Classes:
    All UWP Classes, site visits and field trips:

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, March 27th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Auditorium, Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant) - email me if you are interested in attending.



    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • The Rehabilitation Debate (due Monday, March 10th). Note: Related your answers to the documentary, "Prison Gangs and Racism" to be shown in class. 1) Who is the typical inmate in supermax prisons? 2) Why does the supermax prison provide the best metaphor for moral bankruptcy when it comes to crime and corrections? 3) Based on the readings and other materials, does rehabilitation work? Why. 4) What are the arguments on both sides of the rehabilitation debate? Which side do you take? Why?

      • new Jails (due Monday, March 24th). Note: Relate your answers to the documentaries, "Second City," and "Presumed Innocent" to be shown in class. 1) What are the similarities and differences between jails and prisons? Why do some people use the terms interchangeably? 2) Why are county jails considered the "bottom of the correctional barrel?" 3) What are some problems you would expect to counter if you were in charge of providing rehabilitation programs in a county jail? Why.

    • Special Announcements

      --- Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class
      --- new Saturday, March 15th through Sunday, March 23rd - Spring Break - No Classes
      --- Friday, March 28th, 12 noon - 2nd Grid/ROL due

    • Exam 2 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 2, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam will be on ______________.

    • Recommended Readings

      --- J. F. Fishman. Crucibles of Crime: The Shocking Story of the American Jail. .
      --- D. Danto. Jail House Blues.
      --- John Irwin. The Jails: Managing the Underclass in American Society .


      --- Jeffrey Reiman. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.
      --- James Austin & John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.


    • Interesting Links

      new Rescuing a Boy From the Streets

      Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail Cam Link. Link found by Mary Frances Chachula.
      Wisconsin Department of Corrections
      Virtual Prison Tour



    Race, Crime and Law (CRMJ/SOCA 365)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      Justice on the Bench? (due Friday, March 14th). 1) In Chapter 5, "Race and the Composition of Juries: Setting the Ground Rules," what are the three main issues discussed by Kennedy? 2) . . . Some have suggested that the names of majority race jurors be removed from the jury list (thus ensuring a larger proportion of racial minorities); others have suggested that a certain number of seats on each jury be set aside for racial minorities. How would you justify these reforms to a state legislature? How would an opponent of these reforms respond? Overall, are these good ideas or bad ideas? Why. [the complete question can be found in Walker, page 176].

      new Juries and Race (due Wednesday, March 26th). 1) One of the opening quotes in Chapter 7 of the Kennedy book notes: "Balancing group bias on the jury is an invitation to jurors to abandon even the attempt to approach the evidence from a disinterested point of view." (Jeffrey Abramson). Why do you think Kennedy included this quote? What is your reaction to this quote? Why. What would Fellman's reaction be? Why. 2) What is meant by "playing the race card?" Did Johnnie Cochran use the "race card"? Why or why not.

    • Special Announcements
      --- new Thursday, March 13th, 11 am-1:30 pm - Irene Bedard (Native American Actress) Lecture in Union Square.
      --- Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class
      --- new Saturday, March 15th - Sunday, March 23rd - Spring Break - No Classes
      --- Friday, March 28th, 12 noon - 2nd Grid/ROL due


    • Exam 2 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam will be on __________ .

    • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

      new Rescuing a Boy From the Streets

      Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Recommended Readings

      --- Milton Gordon. Assimilation in American Life.
      --- Robert Blauner. Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America.
      --- William Julius Wilson. The Declining Significance of Race.
      --- William Julius Wilson. The Truly Disadvantaged.

      --- Paula DiPerna. Juries on Trial.
      --- Dan T. Carter. Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South.
      --- Anthony Lewis. Gideon's Trumpet.
      --- Harriet Ziskin. The Blind Eagle.
      --- Jonathan Casper. Criminal Courts: The Defendant's Perspective.
      --- Samuel Walker. Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in the Criminal Justice System.
      --- Kenneth Culp Davis. Discretionary Justice.
      --- James P. Levine. Juries and Politics.

      --- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
      --- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.


    • Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings
      -- Introduction
      -- Chapter 1, part 1
      -- Chapter 1, part 2
      -- Chapter 2

    Law and Social Change (CRMJ/SOCA 352)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

    • Prophetic Criticism and African Americans (due Monday, March 10th). 1) What is prophetic criticism? (Arrigo, p. 89, Q.1). 2) What role do individuals assume in creating and sustaining prophetic justice? (Arrigo, p. 89, Q.7). 3) In the previous edition, Mann & Zatz state: "... It is striking that all of the authors in this section share a common ideological thread: the unwarranted stigmatization of African Americans, especially African American males, through the use of assumptions about urban violence (although a majority of the inner-city African Americans are nonviolent) and drug involvement (although the majority of African Americans do not use drugs)," (p. 74). Why do these "unwarranted stigmatizations" persist? 4) Based on Chapters 3 & 8 in Mann & Zatz, what is the solution to alleviating racist stereotyping? Why.

    • Anarchist Criminology and African Americans, pt. 2 (due Wednesday, March 12th ) Note: You will need to view "The End of the Nightstick," to be shown on March 3rd in order to answer these questions. 1) Identify and explain at least two police practices that are directed specifically at the African American community. 2) Relate "The End of the Nightstick" to anarchist criminology. Provide examples to better illustrate your point. 3) Anarchist justice incorporates the notion that we should protect and promote diversity and difference among people - that "anything goes". Within the model of anarchist justice, though, where are the limits to his notion that "anything goes?" Where would you set the limits? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106, Q. 4)

    • new Semiotics/Latinos & Latinas, pt. 1 (due Wednesday, March 26th) Note: In order to be prepared for this self-test, you must view "Latin and African Americans: Friends or Foes?" to be shown in class. 1) How does the Latino/Latina experience relate to semiotics and justice? Using this week's Latino/Latina readings, provide an example of "justice," justice, and JUSTICE. 2) According to Luis Rodriguez, why does violence make sense in today's society? (from M&Z). 3) What movies have you seen recently in which Latino/a stereotypes discussed in Mann & Zatz were depicted? Describe them. Were any of the images different, and if so, in what way? What inferences can you make if they have not changed? (M&Z).

    • Special Announcements
      --- new Thursday, March 13th, 11 am-1:30 pm - Irene Bedard (Native American Actress) Lecture in Union Square.
      --- Friday, March 14th -- Last Day to Drop Class
      --- new Saturday, March 15th - Sunday, March 23rd - Spring Break - No Classes
      --- Friday, March 28th, 12 noon - 2nd Grid/ROL due


    • Exam 2 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 2, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam is scheduled for ____________.

    • Recommended Reading

      --- Derrick Bell. Faces at the Bottom of the Well.
      --- Derrick Bell. Race, Racism and American Law.
      --- Randall Kennedy. Race, Crime and the Law .
      --- Marc Mauer. Race to Incarcerate
      --- David Cole. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Justice System.
      --- Jerome Miller. Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System.
      --- The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
      --- Robert Blauner. Still the Big New: Racial Oppression in America.

      --- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
      --- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings

      -- Introduction
      -- Chapter 1, part 1
      -- Chapter 1, part 2
      -- Chapter 2


    • Important Class Related Links

      new Rescuing a Boy From the Streets

      W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation


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    Past Lecture Commentaries - Spring 2003


    All UWP Classes, Fall 2002 Report of Learning (ROL)