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Latest Update: March 22, 2003

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    "War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost."
    Karl Kraus (quote found by Anel Garza)

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
    John F. Kennedy (quote found by Anel Garza)

    "The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars."
    General William C. Westmoreland (quote found by Zach Alpert)

    "It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."
    Voltaire (quote found by Zach Alpert)

    "Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out . . . and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. . . And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man' - with his mouth."
    Mark Twain (quote found by Zach Alpert)

    "Let yourself be open and life will easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed."
    Buddha (quote found by Tony Ciardo)


    "Do not dwell in the past, don not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
    Buddha (quote found by Ryan Fornal)




  • This local hub site will serve as a forum for messages about:


    All UWP Classes, Announcements

    • 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.

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, April 3rd, 1-4 pm new time! (Auditorium, Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant) - email me if you are interested in attending.

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, April 10th, 1-4 pm new time! (Auditorium, Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant) - email me if you are interested in attending.

      new Racine Correctional Institution Site Visit - Thursday, April 17th, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Email me if you are interested in attending. It's first come, first serve. Maximum 20 students. As of Saturday, March 22nd in the afternoon, this site visit has filled. I can add interested students to the wait list should there be any cancellations.

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, April 17th, 1-4 pm new time! (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

      • 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.

      • new Community Corrections (due Monday, March 31st). 1) What are the differences and similarities between probation and parole? 2) What is the purpose of probation? What is the purpose of parole? 3) How does the use of probation effect the correctional system? Why is it used so extensively? 4) How could the investigative and supervisory function of probation be most effectively organized? Given these two organizational tasks, how should a probation officer parcel his/her time and effort? Why. 5) Based on the readings and other class materials, how would you explain parole in terms of "theory, policy, practice?" Why.

    • Special Announcements
      --- 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

      --- H. Abadinsky. Probation and Parole: Theory and practice.
      --- J. Augustus. John Augustus: First Probation Officer.
      --- D. J. Champion. Probation and Parole in the United States .
      --- Peggy Burke. Abolishing Parole.
      --- Richard McCleary. Dangerous Men: The Sociology of Parole.
      --- Jonathon Simon. Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass, 1890-1990.


      --- 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

      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

      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.

      new Race and Sentencing (due Wednesday, April 2nd). 1) How would you answer the question, "When does race make a difference in sentencing?" Why. How would Randall Kennedy answer this question? Why. What would Fellman say? Why. 2) Some researchers argue that racial stereotypes affect the ways in which decision makers, including criminal justice officials, evaluate the behavior of minorities. What are the stereotypes associated with African Americans? Latinos/as? American Indians? Asian Americans? How might these stereotypes affect judges' sentencing decisions? What would Fellman say? Why. 3) What type of sentencing reforms could be implemented to eliminate racial disparities? What does Randall Kennedy advocate when it comes to this issue? Why. What might Fellman advocate and why?



  • Special Announcements
    --- 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

    Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

  • Recommended Readings

    --- 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

  • Semiotics/Latinos & Latinas, pt. 1 (due Wednesday, March 26th) Note: In order to be prepared for this discussion, 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? (from M&Z).

  • new Constitutive Criminology/Latinos & Latinas, pt. 2 (due Wednesday, April 3rd) Note: In order to be prepared for this discussion, you must view the documentary, "hablas ingles?" Be sure to incorporate "hablas ingles?" in your answers to the following questions: 1) Why is it important to understand socially constructed differences when considering social justice in a postmodern society? Provide examples of how these differences build toward inequalities. (from Arrigo, p. 173, Q. 5) 2) What social and criminal justice policy implications follow from an integrative-constitutive theory of crime and social justice? Why does social justice require more than fixing the criminal justice system? (Arrigo, p. 173, Q.6). 3) How does "hablas ingles?" related to constitutive criminology? Why. 4) Do you think Proposition 187 and English Only referendums are examples of immigrant bashing? Why. (from M&Z) 5) Do you think English should be the official language of the United States? Why. (from M&Z). 6) Based on the images discussed in this chapter, can Latinos and other minorities ever receive equal justice? Also, how can you, as a possible future employee within the criminal justice system, help deal with these images? (M&Z)



  • Special Announcements
    --- 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

    --- Herbert Schiller. Mind Managers.
    --- Gaye Tuchmanl. The TV Establishment.
    --- Susan Berk-Seligson. The Bilingual Courtroom. .
    --- Luis Rodriguez. Always Running - La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA.
    --- Rudolfo Acuna. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos.
    --- Richard Rodriguez. Hunger of Memory.
    --- Joan Moore. Going Down to the Barrio: Homeboys and Homegirls in Change.

    --- 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

    W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation


    Past Weekly Hubpages - Spring 2003


    Past Lecture Commentaries - Spring 2003


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