Course: CRJ 202-0500 | Corrections | Satenik Margaryan |Spring 2021

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CRJ 202-0500 | Corrections | Satenik Margaryan |Spring 2021
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Department
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
Academic Program
Criminal Justice, A.A.
Course Contact
Course Code
CRJ 200
Section Code
0500
Term
Spring 2021
Category
Course
Course Description

This course examines the history of criminal punishment in Western society, emphasizing the United States. The course highlights social forces (political, religious, economic, and technological) shaping punishment; reviews common theories (deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and restoration) and examines how theory relates to policy. The course takes a critical approach to correctional systems and policies by considering disparities and structural inequalities. Empirical evidence is used to examine contemporary crises of punishment (i.e., mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline) as well as prison culture, staffing, privatization, and prisoner civil rights. Alternatives to traditional punishment, especially restorative justice models, are explored.