Criminal Justice-coas | Crime and Madness
P415 | 1461 | Ellen Dwyer


In the U.S., there is a long history of frustration with those who
cannot or will not "get well," "straighten up," or otherwise conform.
The course focuses on two particularly intractaible groups:  the
chronic mentally ill and career criminals.  We look at who gets these
labels, the responses of the criminal justice and mental health
systems to them, and the movement of those designated "mad" and "bad"
between the streets, jails and prisons, and psychiatric centers.  We
also explore related legal issues, including involuntary civil
commitment laws, the insanity defense, and incompetency.

Readings:
"The Last Victim," by Jason Moss and Jeffrey Kottler
"Of Murder and Madness," by Gerry Spence
"The Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent:  The Criminal Mind of Trial," by
Barbara R. Kirwin
"Why they Kill," by Richard Rhodes
Reader: articles from a range of scholarly journals.

Requirements:  Weekly papers, plus a book review.

Class Meeting:  One 150 minute session per week.  4:00-6:00P, T, SY
300

Course Satisfies:
CJUS major 400-level requirement
COAS Intensive Writing Credit

Instructor:  Professor Ellen Dwyer, Departments of Criminal Justice
and History