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Week of April 13, 2003

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    On Thursday, April 17, 2003, Erin Matsunaga wrote:
    On RCI site visit

    I really liked that site visit! I would have never otherwise been to a prison. it's kind of interesting to see a real one versus media's representation of one. I would think it would be so depressing to work there though, what a sad environment!

    erin -- glad you liked the site visit. be sure to do a debriefing (and designate which class it's for).

    On Thursday, April 17, 2003, Lindsay Weinstein wrote:
    On RCI site visit

    I enjoyed today's site visit to RCI. It was nice to see that there were many programs offered for the inmates. It was interesting to see a medium security prison. It seemed to me that although there are certain times of the day the inmates must be in their rooms, for the most part, it seemed they had a lot of free time that could be spent doing recreational activities and hobbies. It makes me wonder if medium security is really much harsher compared to a minimum security prison.

    lindsay -- thanks for the feedback!

    On Friday, April 18, 2003, Kim Dexter wrote:
    On RCI site visit

    As Officer Peach was talking about how he "opened" RCI, he mentioned how rules existed but they were not set in stone; because until you put things in to practice, you never really know how their going to work. THEORY, POLICY, PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!

    kim -- yes, an excellent point!



    On Friday, April 18, 2003, Paul Kehhli wrote:
    On Fridays

    We talked about why students skip on Fridays. My opionion on this is that college students pay for their education, they are there for themselves, there shouldn't have to be any other motive for going except to better themselves. If they skip, it is their loss, it only hurts them. They'll figure that out one way or another. Just my opinion.

    paul -- i agree. it is their loss.



    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Friday, Arpil 18, 2003, Krista Lindemann wrote:
    On juveniles, learning disabilities and delinquency

    In response to the class discussion this morning about Learning Disabilites and such, I wanted to say that parents often use drugs as a band-aid to cover up a childs disability. The disability is still there, but it is masked by the medication--the problem is still there. I work with a 5 year old autistic boy who has the cognitive level of a 2 year old. His parents are unlike those who use drugs for treatment. They have decided to try everthing else to help him before resorting to drugs. He is involved in this "in Home Therapy" where he is helped for 4-6 hours/day. Just showing him love and support and therapy has helped him progress so much from when he was first diagnosed 2 years ago. It just goes to show that putting your child on drugs isn't always the answer.

    krista -- isn't the purpose of the medication to "fix" the problem? why or why not. a good example to illustrate your point.

    On Friday, Arpil 18, 2003, Esperanza Harris wrote:
    On HIV-AIDS prisoner

    Found out that Mississippi is one of two states that still separate inmates that are HIV positive. The two states are Mississippi and Alabama. South Carolina also has segregation for inmates that has HIV but they are able to participated in the programs. These inmates are allowed to participate in any vocational or educational or boot camp like programs. However there are trying to work on integrating the programs and treating them more equal (security and just fairness wise). It is said that there is no evidence that separating prison that have hiv reduce the transmission between prisoners.

    esperanza -- that's very interesting, especially when there is no evidence that this approach reduces the transmission of AIDS.



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    From CRMJ/SOCA 365: Race, Crime and Law

    Krista Lindemann wrote on Tuesday, April 15th:
    On the death penalty

    In response to the death penalty that we discussed in class today, I think it all comes down to perspective. If you have had a loved one murdered you would most likely support the death penalty. For those of us who have never been affected by murdereres and the like, our perspective is totally different. We don't see the need and can't relate to what they are feeling.

    krista -- your point is well taken but on the other hand, a victim's family may not opt for "revenge" or retribution.



    Luke Braun wrote on Wednesday, April 16th:
    On the drug wars

    My group talked about question one in class today. I beleive that the drug problem exists not only in poor minority communities but also rich white communities. Society should stop blaming African Americans for the drug problems in United States and start putting some of the blame on rich white communities who use drugs such as cocaine. You never hear about a white person getting busted and severing prison time for sorting cocaine at a party; but everyday we hear stories of African Americans who are getting arrest and sent to prison for five-ten years for have a bag of pot in their car. When are people going to start realizing that the drug problem doesn't just exist in minority communities. The reason why prisons are so over popullated with African Americans is that fact they are racially profiled when it comes to crimes dealing with drugs.

    luke -- you raise an important point. but why do such stereotypes persist?

    Jessie DuBois wrote on Thursday, April 17th:
    On drug wars

    I was just thinking about our discussion today in class about the "war on drugs" and heard someone say something about how "if the war on drugs cracked down on white americans then it would have been done with a long time ago" I thought that was interesting. Like no white crimes are ever put on the list of things to crack down on. I know white collar crime isn't really corrupting the youth or causing as many problem as drugs are, but you would never see anyone trying to crack down on white collar crime.

    jessie -- an interesting observation. why is it that more attention is on street crimes even though white collar crimes are more costly?

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 352: Law and Social Change

    On Monday, April 14th, Veronica Ramirez wrote:
    On the Model Minority

    I just wanted to comment on the idea of Asians being the "Model Americans". I think it may be for several reasons. Two of those reasons being from what I've gotten out of my Asian Amer. Soc. class is that many of them try to assimilate, therefore only speak English to their children so they will see themselves as Americans, and try not to put so much emphasis on their ethnic heritage. Being seen as American seems to be a big deal. While other groups don't want to let go of their native heritage. Also, I believe that Asian Americans are different in the sense that they deal with issues silently, maybe for cultural reasons. Had they tried to lock up African Americans or Hispanics and/or other groups as they did with the Japanese, the gov't would have had to deal with a lot of rioting and resistance.

    veronica --- for an excellent discussion of the model minority issue, read Ronald Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore. i agree, that part of the problem was the lack of political power.



    On Tuesday, April 15th , Krista Lindemann wrote:
    On queer theory

    I think homosexuality is morally wrong because I believe in what the Bible says about it. I do think that our society's power is more in the hands of heterosexuals. But as more and more people start "coming out", it will become more acceptable. This is occuring thru the acceptance of TV shows and celebrities leading the way.

    krista -- then, what is your reaction to queer theory?



    On Wednesday, April 16th, Caroline Zires wrote:
    On gays

    I just wanted to comment about our discussion on gay people. I think discrimination against gay people is totally wrong. I believe in God but I think the bible can be interpreted in many ways. You may not agree with a certain lifestyle, but you should respect everyone's decisions. I also think it's funny how some people pick and choose what they want to follow in the bible. For example, its wrong to be gay but it's ok to have premarital sex, drink, and do drugs.

    caroline -- your point is well taken. it is interesting how people can "pick and choose", isn't it?

    On Thursday, April 17th, Matt Sherry wrote:
    On Asian American stereotypes

    I didn't think about this in class, but we were mainly stereotyping males. Atleast I was anyway. I found a website talking about female stereotypes as well. The "China doll" and "Dragon lady" were a few.

    matt -- which website was this? want to do a website review?