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    Crystal Garth wrote on Tuesday, September 30th:
    On teaching/learning

    I was reading a book for my communication class and I came across a quote that very much supported the learning format that you have. " Traditional teaching operated on the false belief that learning is consumption...Knowledge isn't something you absorb-- it's something you create." (Alonzo, V{1998,September}. Don't lecture them. Incentive, 172, 55-57) as quoted from DeWine, Sue (2001) The Consultant's Craft: Improving Organizational Communication. p.86.

    crystal -- neat! thanks for sharing this with me.

    On October 1st, Amy Tyllo wrote:
    On the Department of Justice

    While searching the web for stats and articles about criminal women for my creative measure I came across a website you might find interesting. It is a website by the U.S. Department of Justice. There are tons of publications you can order for free about specific areas in criminal justice. It's really interesting!!

    amy --- yes, i know. it's an excellent resource.

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Monday, September 29, 2003, Sammy Kromm wrote:
    On the death penalty

    The death penalty is a very fine line that people walk. It could be beneficial at times and hazardous others. I am at an equilibrium when it comes to it. Why are others so strongly opposed or for it??? TO me, there comes no good in using it and no good in not using it. I read what Amber said in the commentary and agree with what she had to say but the death penalty goes deeper than having a parent.

    sammy -- can you really sit on the fence on this issue? why.

    On Monday, September 28, 2003, Nicole Williams wrote:
    On the death penalty

    --I found a website about how much the death penalty costs Amnesty International on the Death Penalty. thought it had some interesting facts

    nicole -- how much does it cost?

    On Monday, September 29th, Lonell Mays wrote:
    On the death penalty

    1) death Penalty is not a deterrence. According to the New York Times survey that was done in September of 2000. States with Death Penalty 40 percent to 101 percent to have higher crime rates. 2) death Penalties kills the mentally ill. 3) death penalty is more expensive than a life imprisonment term. - Flordia execution cost is $32 million each execution in contrast 2 $600,000 for life inprisonment

    lonell -- thanks for finding out more about the death penalty. any other arguments relating to deterrence? do they have statistics on number 2? how were the costs calculated?

    On Wednesday, October 1st, Frank Conforti wrote:
    On the death penalty

    About the handout today, it says that it cost $600,000 for life in prison. But what I do not understand is it cost $65,000 a year per inmate, multiple that by at least 30 years, I get $1,950,000.

    frank -- good point. what's wrong with the math here?



    On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, Kyle Corrigan wrote:
    On genetics and crime

    personally i believe that in the worst criminals and worst criminal acts it is a matter of being genetically wired and having a bad environment that brings out the worst criminals and worst criminal acts, like murder.

    kyle -- but, how do you know how much weight is on genetics and how much on environment? want to research this as part of a creative measure?

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    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    April Puryear wrote on Sunday, September 28th:
    On media and ethics

    The Joe Schmoe Show, a reality show that isn't real. Only one person believes it's real and he gets emotionally harmed. Where are the ethics???

    april -- excellent question! where are the ethics? are there any limits or is it anything goes? why.

    Tony Ciardo wrote on Sunday, September 28th:
    On propaganda

    i read the handout you gave us the other day on the topic propaganda and i wonder how much the news media around the world actually destroy's ideals and practices of one culture or nation. If you think about it more, it scares you to what they say about us as a strong nation and what they are persuading other countries to do sometimes to rebell against us.

    tony -- good point! the other day, i read how France has a deck of cards for the most dangerous Americans. what do you think?

    Stephen Bedwell wrote on Wednesday, October 1st:
    On news bias

    In the handout it states that the mainstream news media around the world is biased toward their country's allies and prejudiced against their enemies. Does this conclude that we are fed negative images about our so called "enemies"? Is the media generating more hate toward specific countries?

    stephen -- good question! that' s why we have those news links on Dear Habermas so that you can compare the news coverage of a particular event.



    Bettie Poole wrote on Wednesday, October 1st:
    On Ray Surette

    When surfing the web I found a website on Dr. Ray Surette. It's "Crime is the Media Document." It's about "Criminals In TV Entertainment" and "Prime Time Crime" including Television's Crime Wave. There are interesting statistics in this documentary. The link to this is: Ray Surette

    bettie -- what did you find out from his site?

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Monday, September 29th , Roberta Prescott wrote:
    On Hassine

    In the Hassine book one interesting point I thought was unique, that he was new to the prison system & needed to learn the in&out's of how the prison & guards and how to get what you need in the correctional system For instance, he went to the PRC & while there a inmate named Clarence told him of how to get around the system& used his advantages while talking to the PRC. Since Hassine didn't take his advice he ended up going back to his cell and Clarence was released back into the general population. I thought this was weird because people in correctional system know what to do&say to get a reduction in their sentence versus the new comers. By him looking what the outcome was in Chp.3 he learned form that experience to adapt and learn the ways of the correctional system.

    roberta -- good point! we will be talking about the process of prisonization (or institutionalization) soon.

    On Monday, September 29th, Katie MacCready wrote:
    On Children of the Night

    Today I brought up in class my creative measure about finding out about Children of the Night. I just wanted to elaborate it. I really enjoyed learning about this program, I never realized how difficult it can be for many young children envolved in prostitution to get out of the cycle. I read alot about the program and was extremely pleased with it's sucesses. I especially liked that the program was privating owned, so it takes out alot of government issues with funding. I am excited to find out about more sucessful and privately funding programs like Children of the Night.

    katie -- lois lee and i attended csudh about the same time and jeanne was our professor there. does children of the night have a website?

    On Friday, October 3rd, Keli Carr wrote:
    On the prisons

    I have comments on the discussion from Wed. Oct. 1that really interested me. I feel that in the prison systems the reason their are repeat offenders and violent inmates is because of the prison system itself. Many prisoners do not begin with violent tempers and anger problems until they go inside prison. The reason I believe is because that many workers ( guards, wardens...) really dont care. They come in do their shift and go home with no regards of safety, education, well-being or giving prisoners some type of self- worth. Therefore when prisoners on released into society they continue their streak or become worse and go back to prison. I believe that education and rehabilitation ( anger mgt., school, trades) should be enforced.

    keli -- you point out some interesting observations. you might want to research the work of prison guards in order to gain a different perspective.



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