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JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

JLC-686
Advanced Seminar in Corrections (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Examination of the origin, nature, and operation of various correctional institutions and practices. The focus of the course varies by semester; topics include institutional corrections, community corrections, intermediate sanctions, legal aspects of corrections, the death penalty, and philosophical theories of punishment.

JLC-686
001
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Seminar in Corrections (3)

Extreme Punishments

America has the highest incarceration rate in the western world, if not the entire world. In addition, America leads the western world in the use of extreme penal sanctions: life sentences, death sentences, and extended solitary confinement. Conditions in American prisons, particularly high security prisons reserved for those serving extreme sanctions, are uniquely harsh and have been described by researchers as "dehumanizing" and "hellish," and ultimately "un-survivable" in the face of widespread and even routine violations of human dignity. The nature, scope, and origins of these extreme penal practices, as well as the human rights violations they entail, are the focus of this course. Meets with JLC-444 001.