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    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Thursday, November 27, 2003, Nicole Wiliams wrote:
    On kids and ritalin

    i have found articles that have stated that 4 million kids in the US are on ritalin. 2 million are diagnosed with ADHD. This could be also related to the labeling theory. if kids are labeled as class clown or trouble maker they are more likely to act out and be placed on medication.

    nicole -- be sure to bring this up in class. and yes, labeling theory does apply here.

    On Saturday, November 29, 2003, Sammy Kromm wrote:
    On Jennifer Bias' lecture

    They join due to peer pressure, girls approval, to be "cool", or because they want a family type group because they lack that at home. I thought the speaker was very interestng and she had some great responses to the reason kids stay in jail. It was nice to get a view from an inside source!!!

    sammy -- good.thanks for the feedback.

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    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    Adam Beau wrote on Monday, November 24th:
    On today's class discussion

    I just have two quick comments. One is about the class discussion. I think the class discussion today shows how much of a media entrenched society we are when it seemed like everyone had a comment and a different piece of information to add regarding the Michael Jackson case, and few had anything to say regarding the other topics. The other comment was that the D.C. Sniper Muhammad was convicted and today was sentenced to die.

    adam -- a good observation!

    Matt Sherry wrote on Monday, November 24th:
    On the video, "Media tactics"

    I thought the video last Wed. was pretty informative. It wasn't exactly the MOST exciting thing we've seen, but I took some of the things and could see how to make them work for job interviews. So, I thought that was helpfull.

    matt -- good idea to apply the tactics to job interviews!



    Matt Sherry wrote on Wednesday, November 26th:
    On Jennifer Bias' lecture

    I was offended today when the speaker constantly NEGATIVELY stereotyped police officers. Not all of us profile. The way she, and other public defenders do, portray officers is negative. She made it sound like there are no good cops and that we're all bad. It's intersting how she talks about stereotyping minorities, yet she stereotypes cops. It made it hard for me to sit through class today.

    matt -- i thought she was making a clear distinction between good police work and bad police work. we'll be discussing reactions to her lecture in class on monday.

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    Jackie Marolt wrote on Wednesday, November 26th:
    On two books

    Bias A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, by Bernard Goldberg. This was a good book. He worked for CBS and was able to give lots of examples and info. Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives, by Todd Gitlin. This book gave lots of examples on media and the effects it can have. One of the topics he covers is a/b reality shows.

    jackie -- thanks. i hope to get a book reviews page up for each class. would you recommend each book?

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Monday, November 24th , Stormie Mitchell wrote:
    On "The Farm"

    This movie gave me chills because of the general treatment the parole board gave these people. If a man has all the evidence to prove his innocence, I mean he can prove that he was framed for rape and the doctors even say these women had never been raped and the parole board stills says your guilty what does that say about the corrections system. That was just appalling to me. I really wanted to cry for them man accused of rape and the Bishop who the governor has yet to sign his pardon.

    stormie -- yes, this documentary certainly illustrates several aspects of correctional "theory, policy and practice."

    On Monday, November 24th, Roberta Prescott wrote:
    On "The Farm"

    This is roberta from Corrections class. In regards to the documentary film we finished watching in class today, I thought it was very detailed & gave the inside reality of a harsh prison sentence. The case were the man had paperwork showing that he was accused of assault&rape I thought was definitely unfair treatment that the parole board decided upon. It seems like once some of these officers enter into this field they become less human without any conscience. The warden even stated himself that its not fair but he like executions because justice needs to be served along the line. In my opinon its just heartless and evil to even think that way of a person even if they are behind bars.(sorry its over 25 words, just had a lot of thoughts regarding this film)

    roberta -- what does this tell you about correctional "theory, policy, practice"? why.

    On Monday, November 24th, Jeni Bradley wrote:
    On "The Farm"

    When watchig the movie on Angola, I was wondering why prisoners like Logan Theroit had to stay in prison. The man was pretty old and dying of cancer. He was told that he would die before the new year. I guess I just dont understand why people who are in prison all of their lives and are now dying cant spend the last couple weeks with their families. Logan was too old and fragile to go and hurt anyone. He was also in prison for a lot of years. In my personal opinion I think that he should of been able to be let out for the last couple weeks of his life.

    jeni -- good question. they could have used what's called "compassionate release."



    On Thursday, November 27th, Joel Kaminskis wrote:
    On Prison Writings

    The Book of Prison Writtings was a good book. Even though it was not what i expected. The author mainly talks about why he is in prison and what is going on out side of the prison. He realy never gives a insight on whats actually going on around him. I think if he would have talked more about his prison experiences like the book Life without Parole. If I would rate this book I would give it a 7 out of 10.

    joel -- good. i will try to get a book reviews page started for this class.